Do What Your Heart Says To
Featuring 14 of Ramminger’s original tunes, DO WHAT YOUR HEART SAYS TO moves through a series of infectious funk, blues, and R&B grooves that all serve as a backdrop for his sideways observations about life.
Singing with Ramminger on the record are Tommy Malone of Subdudes fame; Bekka Bramlett, who among other things took over for several years for Stevie Nicks in Fleetwood Mac; The McCrary Sisters, who have sung with everyone from Dr. John to Bob Dylan; Francine Reed, famous as Lyle Lovett’s duet partner and backing vocalist; Janiva Magness, whose album, "Love Wins Again," was just nominated for a Grammy in the Best Contemporary Blues Album category; and Roddie Romero of the rollicking Hub City Allstars (who also contributes some accordion to the track on which he sings).
The CD’s all-star New Orleans rhythm section includes Shane Theriot on guitar, David Torkanowsky on keys. George Porter, Jr. on bass,; and Doug Belote on drums -- with two tracks featuring Roland Guerin on bass and Johnny Vidacovich on drums. Several tunes also include New Orleans trombone-slingers, Rick Trolsen and Greg Hicks, along with trumpeter Eric Lucero. In addition to his writing, singing, and producing, Ramminger supplies the tenor and baritone saxophone on the record.