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by Bo Ramsey

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Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Can't Sleep
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2. Tell Me Now
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3. Away
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4. Dreamland
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5. Fragile
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6. Burn It Down
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7. In The Woods
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8. Same For You
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9. From Buffalo To Jericho
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10. And I Wonder
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11. I Don't Know
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Despite the title of his new album, Bo Ramsey’s guitar playing and songwriting are anything but fragile. Perhaps most widely recognized for his amazing guitar prowess on Lucinda William’s Grammy award-winning CD “Car Wheels On A Gravel Road,” as well as his work playing on and producing records for the preeminent singer/songwriter Greg Brown and rising star Pieta Brown, Bo Ramsey will release “Fragile” on April 8, 2008. This is his first new album of all original music in ten years and somewhat ironically, his strongest work to date. The album, Bo’s eleventh in his 30-year career, features 11 new songs all written or co-written by Ramsey, and finds him firmly at the forefront of a resurging Iowan musical renaissance, tastefully supported by world-class, Midwest-based musicians.

“Fragile” was recorded in 2007 at Minstrel Studio in Iowa City, Iowa and mixed at Mastermix Studios in Minneapolis. The album was co-produced by critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Pieta Brown (who also plays piano and keyboards on the record) and features, among others, drummer Steve Hayes (Greg Brown, Jeffrey Foucault), bassist Jon Penner (Junior Brown, Sue Foley), keyboardist Ricky Peterson (Prince, John Mayer, Stevie Nicks), and Bo’s son Benson Ramsey (The Pines) on keyboards.

“The title track ‘Fragile,’ reflects the artistic process,” remarks Ramsey. “We live in such a fragile time and need to remember that our lives are also fragile.”

Greg Brown says, “This collection of songs is a strong and shining testament to the journey my friend Bo has been on…is on…and will be on for a great long time.”

Ramsey’s 2006 release, “Stranger Blues,” which was called “one of the finest albums of the year” by Blueswax, found him covering a collection of his favorite blues chestnuts drawn from the likes of Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf, Willie Dixon, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Elizabeth Cotton, Sonny Boy Williamson, and others. The record made the Des Moines Register’s “Best of 2006” list and Vintage Guitar magazine called it “a surprising delight” with “soul and grace.”

Born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, Robert Franklin ‘Bo’ Ramsey has played a prominent role in the development of the “Iowa Sound” – a unique blues/folk/rock hybrid. Once described as “Daniel Lanois of the Plains,” the multi-talented Ramsey has made a reputation as a producer and is also much in demand for his unique guitar tones.

Bo is known as the top session musician and is the lead guitarist in touring bands of high-profile national acts.

Bo has received widespread attention for his work with Greg Brown, Lucinda Williams, Jeffrey Foucalt, and Pieta Brown, among others. He has played guitar on ten of Greg Brown’s discs, and produced/co-produced a number of his records including the Grammy-nominated ‘Slant 6 Mind.’ The Lucinda connection began in the early 90s. Bo played on her Grammy-winning ‘Car Wheels On A Gravel Road,’ produced and played on her successful follow-up, the Grammy-nominated ‘Essence,’ and joined her band on tour for both records. As Lucinda put it, “Bo Ramsey drips cool.” For the past few years Bo has recorded and toured with singer/songwriter Pieta Brown, and most recently co-produced her latest record, ‘Remember The Sun.” While many songwriters look to others for production skills, Ramsey’s self-production talents serve to strengthen ‘Fragile,’ as he offers up his beautifully layered and carefully arranged originals.



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RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team

Outstanding CD by an Excellent Songwriter
“Fragile” by Bo Ramsey is an excellent Americana, folk rock CD full of tracks that paint vivid pictures around Bo's excellent songwriting. Bo's deep, raspy vocals nicely stand out in the mix and softly, yet effectively deliver the powerful lyrics on this CD. As you would expect from an artist with Bo's impressive credentials, this CD is totally pro in musicianship and production. The music features Bo's outstanding, yet subtle guitar work. The production nicely layers the instrumentation to provide a rich, deep sound. The tracks that we checked out have an ambience of a smoke-filled room and a man who has been there and done that. "Tell Me Now" features some nice electric guitar licks, and a powerful, visual lyrical message that paints a gloomy picture. “Burn It Down” features an interesting tremolo guitar sound, outstanding songwriting and a passionate vocal performance that effectively delivers the strongly visual lyrics. If you enjoy Americana and/or adult folk rock, and the work of master songwriters, you'll enjoy this CD.

Michael Flowers

A tribute to intuitive tone & soul
Bo's done it again. He told me about the upcoming release at a show he played with Pieta Brown at Knucklehead's in KC, MO. He felt it was his best release. Though I'm stuck on "In the Weeds" as my favorite, Fragile is deep in atmospheric roots, dark vibe, americana, tension and release. The best thing about Bo is his sense of space. In between his carefully chosen licks, he's picking up the next emotion to force into forthcoming notes. He's on my top 5 roots guitarists. Fragile is an awesome work.

Stephen Heiti

Another amazing album by Bo Ramsey
If there is a better, more precise, more achingly beautiful guitar player in the world, please tell me who it is.

Mick Polich

My fellow Iowan Bo does it again - another fine collection of songs, done in the understated style that suits Bo and his music. Clever wordplay, great musicianship - it's not hard to tell why artists like Greg Brown and lucinda Williams always go to Bo in the clutch - the man DELIVERS!