In The Weeds
At the time of this release Bo Ramsey was very well known throughout the Midwest. For nearly a decade he had been known as the “father of the Iowa sound”. With the release of Down To Bastrop in 1991 Bo Ramsey set himself up as the leader in a new genre. His blend of Blues, Country and Rock ‘n’ Roll quickly became know as the “Iowa Sound”. Since then words like Americana and Alternative Country have taken the world by storm. The “Father of the Iowa Sound”, is actually the father of Alternative Country.
In The Weeds, the follow up to the wonderful Down To Bastrop, demonstrates this statement perfectly. An eclectic collection of ten original numbers that blur the lines between Blues, Country and Rock. Bo self produced the disc. Two of the ten songs were co-written with Greg Brown. The disc explores relationships both past and present. Relations with others and within himself and the world in which he lives.
The brooding title track In The Weeds, starts out the CD and is a tune that is both catchy and averting. Followed by the beautifully haunting Desert Flower which features background vocals by Lucinda Williams. My favorite song on this CD is Forget You. Ramsey runs through a list of things he’s gonna do to try to forget a former lover. “I’m gonna stagger down this hotel hall and bust this bottle against the wall. I’m gonna scrape your touch from this skin, and wipe your kiss from this grin. That’s what I’m gonna do just to forget you”. Sidetrack Lounge, King Of Clubs and Ain’t It Hard are other standout tracks. Big Bill is a cutting tune and a nod of affection to Big Bill Broonzy.
In The Weeds is an alluring CD, which vitalizes my argument that Bo Ramsey is the father of Alternative Country. This disc would augment any music collection. In The Weeds is still available through Bo’s website. boramsey.com.