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Bo Ramsey (born Robert Franklin Ramsey, 1951 in Burlington, Iowa, United States) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording producer.

Bo Ramsey
Birth nameRobert Franklin Ramsey
BornBurlington, Iowa, United States
Years active1973–present
Labels3rd Street
Associated actsGreg Brown, Lucinda Williams, Kevin Gordon


He made his debut in Williamsburg, Iowa in 1973, fronted the Mother Blues Band, and rose to prominence as a soloist when he opened for Lucinda Williams on her 1994 tour.[1] He has produced or played guitar on several of her albums, including Essence, which was nominated for a Grammy Award, and appeared in her band in performances on The Late Show With David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night With Conan O’Brien [1] and in Wim Wenders’ "Soul Of A Man" segment for the Blues series of Martin Scorsese.[2]

He has also produced recordings for Joan Baez, David Zollo, Pieta Brown, Iris DeMent, Ani DiFranco, and Kevin Gordon, with whom he co-fronted a band, and worked as a guitarist with the above and with Elvis Costello. He has produced and worked extensively with Greg Brown, including an appearance in 1999 on A Prairie Home Companion,[3] and has been inducted to the Iowa Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame,[4] and Iowa Blues Hall of Fame.[2]


Solo albumsEdit

  • 1982: Brand New Love (3rd Street)
  • 1983: Feelin's Gettin' Stronger (3rd Street) with the Sliders
  • 1986: Northwind (3rd Street)
  • 1988: Either Way (3rd Street)
  • 1991: Down To Bastrop (Shed)
  • 1995: Bo Ramsey And The Backsliders (DixieFrog)
  • 1997: In The Weeds (Trailer)
  • 2007: Stranger Blues (Bo Ramsey Records / Continental Song City)
  • 2008: Fragile (Bo Ramsey Records / Continental Song City)
  • 2016: Wildwood Calling (Lustre)

With Greg Brown (as producer)Edit

With Pieta Brown (as producer, guest musician)Edit

  • 2002: Pieta Brown (Rubric)
  • 2005: In The Cool (One Little Indian)
  • 2007: Remember the Sun (One Little Indian)
  • 2009: Shimmer (Red House)
  • 2010: One and All (Red House)
  • 2011: Mercury (Red House)
  • 2014: Paradise Outlaw (Red House)
  • 2017: Postcards (Lustre)

With Lucinda Williams (as guest musician)Edit

As producerEdit

As guest artistEdit

As song contributorEdit

  • 2001: various artists- Labour of Love: The Music of Nick Lowe (Telarc) - track 5, "Where's My Everything?" with Greg Brown


  1. ^ a b Nick Stika (2009-11-18). "Bo Ramsey: Bo Knows Tone". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  2. ^ a b "Bo Ramsey - Central Iowa Blues Society". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  3. ^ "APHC: Music List". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  4. ^ "Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association - IRRMA Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2017-02-02. Retrieved 2017-02-28.

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