Aaron Ramsey "Gathering"
Aaron Ramsey "Gathering" • "Gathering," is Aaron Ramsey’s long awaited solo album featuring Stuart Duncan, Tony Rice, Ron Block, and many others. Aaron is a national touring-recording artist from Morganton, NC, who now lives in Vilas, North Carolina, a few minutes from The Mast Farm Inn. He is the über-talented multi-instrumentalist, one of the lead and backup vocalists, of nationally renown acoustic roots music powerhouse Mountain Heart. Aaron is in fact widely recognized as a prodigy of the bluegrass and acoustic roots musical genre.
Aaron Ramsey has been working on the album for four years while touring with Mountain Heart, working on records for others, and getting married. The time Aaron has spent with the record is reflected in the meticulous details, from the artists with whom he worked, to the song selections and instrumentation. “I am really glad to get it out there and let people listen to it. I hope you enjoy it,” says Aaron. Gathering is the appropriate name for this album when looking at the cast of talent who join Aaron Ramsey in the studio. Gathered here are old friends and bluegrass and acoustic music icons including Tony Rice, Tim Crouch, Stuart Duncan, Ron Block, Patton Wages, Randy Kohrs, Colby Laney, Ricky Wasson, and many more stellar artists. This album was recorded by Eric Willson, and produced by Aaron and Eric collectively.
"It’s really a gathering of a lot of the people and sounds that have made me love bluegrass music and allowed me to have my own identity as an artist. It is "Cold on the Shoulder" in spirit—it’s not that album, but "Cold on the Shoulder" was my inspiration and the spirit of this record." ~ Aaron Ramsey
Aaron’s father Mike Ramsey co-wrote six of the twelve tracks with Aaron. The opening track "The Streets of Abilene" was penned by Dennis Goodwin and "No One’s Found Her Yet" is a haunting tune written by Josh Miller. The traditional song "One Tear" is sung by Mountain Heart’s Barry Abernathy, and American Drive’s Ricky Wasson sings lead on Bob Dylan’s "Fare the Well". "John Henry Blues" closes the album with a driving bluegrass tune.
"And playing with Mountain Heart is like playing with a locomotive. We’ve done quite a few shows, and it’s really been successful. Anytime they want, I’ll do it. And their mandolin player is off the scales. He’s a young guy, about 21 or 22; his name’s Aaron Ramsey. He’s doing an album soon, and I’ve gotta do some stuff on it." ~ Tony Rice
Aaron Ramsey has stepped out with Gathering, his first solo album since joining Mountain Heart as their mandolinist and dobro player. His first performance with Mountain Heart was opening for the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd of "Sweet Home Alabama" fame, in front of 10,000 southern fans. This past year, Aaron was nominated for IBMA Recorded Instrumental Performance of the Year, as a result of his work on the song "Manzanita" for the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer Album. His work has been recently on Jim Lauderdale’s album "Carolina Moonshine", and "Letting Go" by band mate Josh Shilling. To order, visit Aaron Ramsey’s website www.aaronramseyonline.com. The album is also at all Mountain Heart’s live shows. For more information about the album or Aaron Ramsey’s availability, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact him directly through his website at www.aaronramseyonline.com
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Aaron Ramsey is no stranger to the bluegrass music scene, having won the MerleFest Mandolin Competition, played with Randy Kohrs, and accompanied various gospel groups in Western North Carolina before landing his role as the mandolin player for Mountain Heart. Aaron is a solid bass player, dobro, guitar, and banjo player but his dedication to the mandolin is evident in his sophomore solo release, "Gathering." "He has his own musical identity, and that’s something that is very rare" shares Tony Rice on Aaron’s music. Gathering offers a glimpse into what Aaron has to offer the bluegrass world and is a fine example of the drive, soul, and serious artistry the genre is known for today. Offering songs for Sunday mornings and songs for firesides, "Gathering" is what the best of 3am jam sessions and festivals leave lingering in the minds of fans and keeps them wanting more. And we are fortunate enough at The Mast Farm Inn to consider him and his family good friends of the Inn and of the family.