Willis Alan Ramsey (album)

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Willis Alan Ramsey (album)
Studio album by Willis Alan Ramsey
Released May 1972
Recorded 1972
Genre Country, country rock, folk rock
Length 39:07
Label Shelter
Producer Denny Cordell, Willis Alan Ramsey
Willis Alan Ramsey chronology
Willis Alan Ramsey
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Willis Alan Ramsey is the sole studio release by the Texas songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey. The album's genre is hard to categorize with touches of country, country rock, folk, and folk rock. The tunes range from the reflection and regret of "The Ballad of Spider John" to a heartfelt tribute to Woody Guthrie on "Boy from Oklahoma". It was recorded on Leon Russell's Shelter label in 1972, and Leon sat in on piano, keyboards, vibraphone. Other guest musicians include: Carl Radle, Jim Keltner, Red Rhodes and Russ Kunkel. The song "Muskrat Candlelight" was later covered by the band America in 1973 and then by Captain & Tennille in 1976, both using the title "Muskrat Love." "Ballad of Spider John" was covered by Jimmy Buffett on his 1974 album Living & Dying in 3/4 Time. The Song "Satin Sheets" (not the Jeanne Pruett song of the same name) was covered by The Bellamy Brothers. The songs "Geraldine and the Honeybee" and "Wishbone" have been covered live several times by Widespread Panic [3][4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Willis Alan Ramsey.

1."Ballad of Spider John"4:16
2."Muskrat Candlelight"3:18
3."Geraldine and the Honeybee"2:15
5."Satin Sheets"2:32
6."Goodbye Old Missoula"4:53
7."Painted Lady"3:02
8."Watermelon Man"3:25
9."Boy from Oklahoma"3:54
10."Angel Eyes"3:07
11."Northeast Texas Women"5:43
Total length:39:07



  • Producer: Denny Cordell/Willis Alan Ramsey
  • Recording Engineer: Bob Potter/Peter Nichols
  • Mixing: Al Schmitt
  • Art Direction: Marlene Bergman
  • Photography/Artwork: William Matthews
  • Liner notes: Ellis Widner


  1. ^ Patoski, Joe Nick (9 April 2018). "The Follow-Up". NPR. Retrieved 15 April 2018. The whole album, still titled Gentilly as far as anyone knows, will follow later this spring. Or summer. Or maybe next fall. 
  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r16134
  3. ^ http://everydaycompanion.com/played/GERALD.asp
  4. ^ http://everydaycompanion.com/played/WISHBO.asp