use Lucinda’s band, so we had to learn seven
or eight Elvis Costello songs, which was a bit of
a tall order. He’s a completely different songwriter than Lucinda, his chord structures were
challenging. But we went to New York and had
rehearsals with Elvis at S.I.R. Studios down in the
City somewhere, and he was great. A consum-
mate professional, and also a real relaxed and
friendly guy, he said, “yeah, let’s just play, man,”
and we did and he said, “sounds great,”—very
easy to work with, a real pleasure. Working with
him really affected me.
If you could go back and relive one experience, one thing that you’ve done where you
can look back 20 years from now and think,
wow that was a great show … what would be
that magic show be?
That’s a good question. One thing that comes
to mind is the day I spent with Bob Dylan, playing music with him and his band. I carry that
very close to my heart, and think about it a lot.
The impact of that was large. It was very educational. And, lately I’ve been thinking about
a night I played with Bo Diddley and his band,
and that was a full dose. I’ve been thinking
about him a lot lately.
What advice do you have for Premier
Well, I think I’d have to say, serve the song.
That’s one of my big deals I try and live by. I
think we’re all blessed to have music in this life.
It’s really a magnificent thing, a very powerful
and healing thing, so if it’s one thing I have to
say is serve the song. If you give yourself up to
it, then good things will come.
Photo by Sandra L. Dyas
BO RAMSEY’S GEARBOX
1980s ’ 62 Reissue Fender Stratocaster
with DiMarzio Virtual Series pickups, 1969
Fender Stratocaster, 1980s ’ 62 Reissue
Reverend Flatroc, Jerry Jones Electric
12-String, 1958 Silvertone-Danelectro U1,
Early 1960s Silvertone-Danelectro U1, 1960s
Supro Dualtone with Seymour Duncan Seth
Mid-1960s Fender Deluxe Reverb, XITS X10
Early-1950s TV Front Fender Deluxe,
Modified silverfaced Fender Deluxe Reverb
(re-blackfaced), National Lap Steel Amp,
1950s TV Front Fender Pro Amp with 15"
speaker, 1960 Fender Bassman 4x10"
Matchless Lightning, Carr Hammerhead
Fulltone Fulldrive Overdrive, Fulltone Supa-Trem Tremolo, Hermida Audio Zendrive
Overdrive, Maxon AD900 Analog Delay,
Guytron GT- 100 Digital Reverb (sometimes)
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