After a full four years of recording and mixing as his schedule allowed, Mountain Heart mandolinist Aaron Ramsey has completed his new solo project, Gathering. Aaron had to find time for his own album amidst touring duties with the band, working on multiple records for other artists, and getting hitched to his new bride, Jordan Laney Ramsey.
Just shy of 30 years old, Aaron has built quite a reputation as a player and singer, working as part of Randy Kohrs’ & The Lites and The Linville Ridge Band before becoming part of Mountain Heart in December of 2007. Doing shows with Tony Rice won him a rave review in Tim Stafford and Caroline Wright’s biography of Rice, Still Inside, and persuaded the guitar hero to appear as a guest on this new CD.
Other performers include Ron Block, Stuart Duncan, Tim Crouch, Randy Kohrs, Patton Wages and more. Ramsey sings several of the tracks, with guest vocals from Rickey Wasson of American Drive and Mountain Heart’s Barry Abernathy.
Aaron shared a few words about Gathering, and a sampler with snippets from a number of the tracks.
“It’s really a gathering of a lot of the people and sounds that have made me love bluegrass music and allowed me to have my own identity as an artist. It is Cold on the Shoulder in spirit—it’s not that album, but Cold on the Shoulder was my inspiration and the spirit of this record.
I am really glad to get it out there and let people listen to it. I hope you all enjoy it.”
Six of the 12 tracks on Gathering are co-writes between Aaron and his dad, Mike, a life-long bluegrass musician himself. Others include the Osborne Brothers classic, One Tear, and Fare Thee Well, a Bob Dylan number brought into bluegrass some years ago by Tony Rice, on the aforementioned Cold On The Shoulder album.
Orders are being accepted now from Aaron’s web site, with all pre-orders being autographed and shipped by mid-January, at which time they will also be available at all Mountain Heart shows.