Scott Ramminger review…February 11, 2017….

SCOTT RAMMINGER

DO WHAT YOUR HEART SAYS TO

ARBOR LANE MUSIC  ALM 3121165

LIVING TOO FAST–SOMEONE NEW TO DISAPPOINT–HOPING THAT THE SUN WON’T SHINE–GIVE A PENCIL TO A FISH–WINTER IS ALWAYS WORSE–GET BACK UP–IT’S HARD TO BE ME–MYSTERY TO ME–OFF MY MIND–I NEED A NEW ONE–WALK A LITTLE STRAIGHTER–MY GIRL FOR LIFE–STUBBORN MAN

Saxman Scott Ramminger was born in Huntsville, AL, graduated from UT-Knoxville, and spent 35 years in the D. C. area.  He took his sax and headed down to the Big Easy and the former Fudge Studios, and invited a ton of his best friends to drop by and add their talents to his latest, a varied musical gumbo called “Do What Your Heart Says To,” for Arbor Lane Music.

The core band has Scott on sax and vocals, and features Doug Belote and Johnny Vidacovich on drums, George Porter, Jr., and Roland Guerin on bass, Shane Theriot on guitar, and David Torkanowsky on keys.

Scott is like us in that he listened to all kinds of music growing up, and his versatility is all over these fourteen originals. Add in the special guests, and this one is a sweet party on a platter, indeed!  The pitfalls and pratfalls of trying to “hang on to love”  are a recurring theme throughout this set.  A Mardi Gras rhythm patern propels the leadoff cut as Scott’s new lover is Hell-bent on changing him, and, just in time, he realizes, “I like Living Too Fast,” with an assist from Tommy Malone on vocals.  The somber story of a shattered love affair features Delaney and Bonnie’s baby girl, Bekka, Bramlett,  as they seek solace in “Hoping That The Sun Won’t Shine.”  When “your mind is tired and your soul is weak,” the best thing to do “Get Back Up!”  This funky groove has Shane’s guitar doin’ the scratchin’, and the McCrary Sisters harmony vocals giving this one a good gospel feel.   The Sisters return a little later for Scott’s rockin’, Delbert-flavored look at a near-death experience, and he swears to “Walk A Little Straighter while I’m walkin’ around down here!”

We had two favorites, too.  Bekka adds duet vocals on a sly-and-sexy, fun tune about folks who’s habits will never change, and go looking “down at that little ol’ rock and roll joint for Someone New Tom Disappoint!”  And, Scott is joined by Janiva Magness on an upbeat story of a man constantly looking over his shoulder, because “It’s Hard To Be Me, coming up with these lies!”

Have a steak, or a bowl of kale?  How ’bout a bourbon or a ginger ale?  Sometimes, you just gotta take Scott Ramminger’s advice and “Do What Your Heart Says To!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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