Ramon Goose

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Ramon Goose
Ramon Goose(electric).jpg
NuBlues Jazz Festival, Frankfurt, Germany, 28 October 2008
Background information
Born (1977-01-16) 16 January 1977 (age 38)
Colchester, England
United Kingdom
Genres Blues, blues rock, Rock, country blues, gospel, African blues
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, record producer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1990–present
Labels Dixiefrog Records, Black and Tan Records
Associated acts Coconut Revolution, NuBlues, West African Blues Project, Desert Rock (Band), World Scatterings
Website Ramon Goose.com

Ramon Goose is an English blues guitarist, singer and producer and contemporary country blues artist, who is known for his work with The West African Blues Project and the hip hop blues band NuBlues, his mastery of the slide guitar, and for producing other American blues artists' albums. As a solo artist he has toured across Europe and released several albums.

Biography[edit]

Ramon Goose was born in England and started out with British band NuBlues as guitarist, chief song writer and producer. With Nublues he made the album Dreams of a Blues Man (released on Dixiefrog Records in Europe, 21st Century Blues Records in the United States, and published by Metisse Music) and has toured all over Europe with the likes of Eric Burdon, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and performed with James Brown's bandleader Pee Wee Ellis and also worked with Chris Thomas King. After a short stint with American bluesman Eric Bibb's band, in 2006, Ramon went on to produce, perform on and co-write critically acclaimed albums for other blues artists. His production for Boo Boo Davis (Mississippi Blues artist) was voted top ten Blues album in MOJO magazines poll in 2006 and his production of Billy Jones (based in Arkansas) ---both on the Black and Tan Records label—also received accolades from critics. Recent projects have included a new album with Senegalese music star Diabel Cissokho,[1] and production of the second nublues album Snow on the Tracks;. Ramon ended 2009 with a tour with his own band which included four performances at maximum security prisons to test out his new material, which he released in 2011 (Uptown Blues album).[dated info] He has continued to tour as well with his new world music/blues band with Diabel Cissokho as well as performing with other artists such as Daby Touré (from Mauritania), Noumoucounda Cissoko (from Senegal), Atongo Zimba (from Ghana) & Algerian Oud virtuoso Yazid Fentazi and English/Urdu singer Najma Akhtar. In 2010 Ramon formed a side project called The West African Blues Project and further explores the link between Blues and Africa (a track of this project is featured on Rough Guide to African blues (World Music Network). In summer of 2011 Ramon met musician Jim Palmer backstage at WOMAD festival where Palmer had been performing with Baaba Maal. Joining with Modou Toure, Goose & Palmer formed the band Coconut Revolution, an album is expected in early 2013 from Coconut Revolution. As of 2012 Goose has started work on the Desert Rock (band) a unique musical project which evolved after Goose travelled to the Sahara and also Dakar to combine his love of Berber and Mandinka rhythms and melodies with Blues Rock. In the summer of 2014 Goose showcased his new band called 'World Scatterings' which consists of a cast of excellent musicians from around the world drawing on elements of Blues, Folk and African music rhythms. In 2014 Goose will release his new album Blues & Spirituals on Acoustic Music Records.

Band lineup[edit]

Ramon Goose & World Scatterings
  • Ramon Goose – Lead guitar, vocals
  • Cassandre Balbar - Pipes
  • Akos Hazsnos – Bass Guitar
  • Samir Nacer - Percussion
  • Ndene Ndiaye - Percussion

Discography[edit]

Goose playing slide guitar on a resonator guitar, 2006, Germany. Courtesy: Christian Sahm

Solo[edit]

  • Ramon Goose – Journey into The Blues (2008) Tekni Records
  • Diabel Cissokho & Ramon Goose – Mansana Blues (2010) Dixiefrog Records[2]
  • Ramon Goose – Uptown Blues (2011) Music Avenue Records
  • Ramon Goose – Blues and Spirituals (2014) Acoustic Music Records

With NuBlues[edit]

  • Nublues – Dreams of a Blues Man (2004) Dixiefrog/21st Century Records[3]
  • NuBlues – Snow on the Tracks (2008) Dixiefrog Records

Albums Goose has appeared as producer[edit]

  • Boo Boo Davis: Drew, Mississippi (2005) Black and Tan Records
  • Billy Jones: My Hometown (2006) Black and Tan Records

Select special appearances & compilations[edit]

  • Various artists: Putumayo Presents African Blues (2012)
  • Various artists: West African Blues Project appears on Rough Guide To African Blues (3rd Edition) World Music Network (2014)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Diabel Cissokho and Ramon Goose southbankcentre.co.uk. Retrieved March 2011
  2. ^ Ramon Goose musicbrainz.org. Retrieved March 2011
  3. ^ Murray, Charles Shaar, NuBlues:Dreams Of A Blues Man May 2004 The Observer (UK). Retrieved March 2011

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