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In Search of a Cheap Hotel

by Ramsey & Vaan

The 12 songs and 4 instrumentals on this CD from the New Orleans duo range from smoky-barroom swing blues to gypsy-tinted bluegrass and Tex/Mex-flavored folk. Bart Ramsey: piano, guitar, vocals, accordion, etc. Neti Vaan on fiddle and vocals.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. In Amsterdam
4:29 $0.99
2. Rough Around the Edges
3:34 $0.99
3. Three Marias
3:38 $0.99
4. Don't Rain On My Mardi Gras
3:22 $0.99
5. Jerusalem Ridge
4:09 $0.99
6. The Stuff
5:08 $0.99
7. Spanish Wine and Black Coffee
4:55 $0.99
8. Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird
3:51 $0.99
9. When the Monkey Came
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10. Fin De Siècle
3:17 $0.99
11. Miles Away
3:15 $0.99
12. Sergeant Early's Dream
4:23 $0.99
13. That's All Right With Me
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14. Yie Yie Yie
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15. Judgement Town
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16. Ruben's Dream
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Album Notes
New Orleans based duo Ramsey & Vaan are Bart Ramsey (piano, guitar, accordion, hammond organ, glockenspiel and jaw harp) and Neti Vaan (fiddle and vocals). Plus many fine guest musicians.

Bart Ramsey's powerful lyrics & melodies, and Neti Vaan's passionate fiddle playing combine on this "enticing and typically wide-ranging gumbo that effortlessly takes in its stride texmex, mardigras, hotclub, gypsy bluegrass, country and barroom swing...there's often a defiantly ironic sense of fun pervading both arrangements and delivery...The non-originals here, including Bill Monroe's 'Jerusalem Ridge" and Emmet Wallace's priceless 'Chicken Ain't Nothing But a Bird', are given very stylish treatment. Playing is several cuts above the average throughout, and there are also some intriguing, curious but effective instrumental touches. The whole album is very enjoyable...somehow I found myself better able to face the world by the end of the CD, which must count for something!"
~ David Kidman, FROOTS, UK

"In Search Of A Cheap Hotel" suggests a non-linear foray through wanderlust, addiction, affairs of the heart, and the human spiritual dilemma. Ramsey, with eleven original songs and two original instrumentals on the CD, comes across in top form, with eloquently skewed humor and incisive off-the-beaten-track observations. He writes about humans inheriting the earth ("When The Monkey Came"), and mortality ("Miles Away"), as well as a lost soul in the Louisiana Bible-belt torn between going the straight and narrow, and keeping his 3 girlfriends, all named Maria ("Three Marias").

Throughout, Neti Vaan's fiddle resounds, with her widely-informed technique never obscuring her gift for heartfelt expression. Her versatility comes through with colorful arrangements, such as the fiddle and accordion "horn parts" on "Spanish Wine and Black Coffee," and her Gypsy-flavored improvisation on the instrumental "Fin de Siècle."

The 12 songs and 4 instrumentals on the record range from smoky-barroom swing/blues ("Rough Around The Edges"), to gypsy-tinted bluegrass ("Jerusalem Ridge," by Bill Monroe) and Tex/Mex-flavored folk ("Three Marias"). There is an original New Orleans Mardi Gras "mambo"-styled song ("Don't Rain on My Mardi Gras"); and a twisted history of Europe as seen through the eyes of an American, punctuated by twanging jaw harp ("Judgment Town"). A twin-fiddle instrumental waltz ("Ruben's Dream") closes the record.

Since they started working together in 1994, Bart Ramsey and Neti Vaan have divided their time between home in Louisiana, and touring in Europe for two or three months every summer. They have worked primarily in Britain, France, and more recently Italy.



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Garry Brooks

Top rate!!
Their best album. A lot of good sogs, awesome fiddle playing, superb work by the duo's backing musicians. This should appeal to a wide variety of tastes. Not easy to pigeonhole, but that's no bad thing. Give this one a go!

Gordon Lee

Amazing Talent!
This CD is dangerously addictive. The more you listen, the more you want to listen! Ramsey & Vann show their amazing musical talent and versatility with In Search of a Cheap Hotel. Ramsey's songwriting lyrics are thought-provoking, and also very entertaining.