Pat Ramsey played harp on the “White, Hot and Blue” album. During the period 1985-1999 Pat Ramsey’s bands: “Crosscut Saw” and later on “The Pat Ramsey Band”, opened many times for Johnny Winter.
Rolling Stone said:
Recording again with his own group, Winter is more relaxed and forthright in his leadership. Perhaps its just these qualities that allow harp player Pat Ramsey to emerge as a costar, blowing juicy solos that slip over the guitar leads like butter over popcorn.
He played around the Tallahassee area in Crosscut Saw and later The Pat Ramsey Band for years before a drug habit forced him to leave town and clean up his act. His harp work and vocals have improved over the years and he has defintely paid his dues.
Harp monster, Pat Ramsey (http://www.patramsey.com) has said that he was dropped from the band after the tour for this album and points to a review of the album in Rolling Stone magazine that said something about him being the second star in the band. Seems like Johnny likes to be the only star. Well, can you blame him? Whether that is exactly true or not I have no idea but Pat then moved to Tallahassee, FL to play in a band that Butch Trucks from the Allman Brothers was putting together. Well, those plans fell apart when the Allmans regrouped so Pat joined up with a local blues band named Crosscut Saw. They played some rip roaring blues rock around the Tallahassee area with occasional forays around the Southeast and up the Eastern Seaboard as far as Philly.
They covered a good bit of the White, Hot and Blue album including a kicking version of Walking By Myself. They broke up when whiz kid guitarist Julien Kasper decided to leave town to study jazz guitar. He now is an professor at the Berklee School of Music, occasionally writes for guitar player magazine and plays in fellow Berklee Prof. Bruce Katz’s band. Bruce put in time in Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters. Bruce and band get lumped in the jazz bin at times, but it is blues pure and simple. Mostly instrumental. (http://www.brucekatzband.com/)
Pat went on to form the Pat Ramsey band which later fell apart due to drug problems. Pat moved to the Sarasota, Fl area for a bit and played in that area. Pat successfully rehabilitated himself and, after spending some time as a craps dealer in the casinos in Biloxi, MS, he put together a new band that tours the Southeast currently. The drummer is his old drummer from Crosscut Saw. He has two self-produced CDs out. I haven’t heard the new one, a live disk, but the first one, It’s About Time is a killer disk. Well worth picking up if you like serious harp playing. Check out the samples on his website. Both Cds can be ordered online from http://www.memphismusicconnection.com/. The first CD features a lot of guitar from Julien and a bit from then 15 yr. old Sean Costello who now at 21 is making a name for himself as a primo blues guitar player.
If you get a chance to catch Pat live, by all means do it. It’s a damn fine show.
On a side note, Pat’s website was designed by the keyboard player for Bill Warton (the Sauce Boss) & the Ingredients. If you like slide guitar (& what Johnny Winter fan doesn’t?), check out Bill’s website at http://www.sauceboss.com/ (also designed by the keyboard player). Actually the keyboard player is JB, your friendly blues guide at About.com. (http://blues.about.com/entertainment/blues/mbody.htm) And if you get a chance to catch Bill Warton live, by all means do it. He actually cooks gumbo onstage during his show then feeds the audience!!! He got the recipe from Raful Neal’s wife, Kenny Neal’s mother. It’s sort of like a blues snake oil show. Oh yeah, his own brand of hotsauce, Liquid Summer, is killer too and the only one I know of that shows someone playing slide guitar on the label. (http://www.pepperworld.com/) As one of Bill’s songs goes “Let the big dog eat.”