FAME Review: Scott Ramminger - Advice from a Father to a Son
Scott Ramminger - Advice from a Father to a Son

Advice from a Father to a Son

Scott Ramminger

Arbor Lane Music - ALM918

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

Get ready for a good dose of funky blues from New Orleans, seven of the tracks were recorded in New Orleans, with players such as Shane Theriot (guitar), David Torkanowsky (piano/organ/synth), George Porter Jr (bass), Johnny Vidacovich (drums) anchoring the band. One would not expect anything less, as these players are the cream of the New Orleans funk scene. The 3 other tracks were recorded in Washington DC, Scott Ramminger's home now. There the band is Barry Hart (drums), Jay Turner (bass), Dave Chappell (guitar), and Tommy Lepson (organ) and a number of others. Mr. Ramminger does the vocals, wrote all the songs, and plays the tenor and baritone sax. To add further spice to the disc he has the McCrary Sisters; Alfreda, Ann, and Regina, along with Etta Britt doing vocals.

This is one of those albums where there is a strong leader who is secure enough to let his bandmates step up and cut lose. They in turn are a top shelf group of musicians doing all they can to support him. Mr. Ramminger wrote all the songs and they are of a high quality that one would expect. The disc opens with I Really Love Your Smile, taking off with some piano with that wonderful New Orleans feel right where Professor Longhair and Fats Domino left it. No one dominates and all the musicians get their turn in the spotlight in due course. Though Scott does most of the lead singing he does share that spotlight with the McCrary Sisters and Etta Britt on various songs. His music is all rooted in the Blues that comes with that unique New Orleans funk feel to it, with that rolling keyboards and plenty of horns taking the lead. A wonderful feel good disc that has plenty to offer for all.

Track List:

  • I Really Love Your Smile
  • Funkier Than Him
  • This Town's Seen the Last of Me
  • The Other Man's Shoes
  • Advice from a Father to a Son
  • I've Got a Funny Feeling
  • Magic in the Music
  • More Than One Flavor
  • Must Be True
  • Sometimes You Race the Devil
All songs by Scott Ramminger

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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