Alive and Ornery (2017) 

“As good a time as I jumping around in my chair doing this review, I have to believe hearing Ramminger live would be a blast. If you want to snap your fingers and tap your toes, you need to get a little more alive and a little more ornery.  Overall: 9/10 Sonics; 8/10” -- Audiophile Review 

“You know how you have those family get togethers like Christmas, Thanksgiving, or weddings, and there’s that uncle that the young boys love, the young girls seem strangely interested in, and the guys kind of relive their single days through?   And the Moms and Aunt’s say: ‘Just You Stay Away From Him!’ Well that’s the kind of guy that vocalist/saxophonist and leader Scott Ramminger comes across as during this two-cd collection of live material.”  -- Jazz Weekly 

“Solid songwriting prevails on this offering.  Ramminger’s originals are well-crafted and light hearted, and keep the audience engaged throughout the program of 15 tracks.  The well chosen covers only serve to highlight Ramminger’s abilities as a solid contemporary songwriter… Well done. Delightfully fun.”  -- All About Vocals 

“Since his 2011 debut, ‘Crawstickers,’ Ramminger has gained a reputation for writing songs that are both meaty and funny...   Attitude is what makes this music special. And Ramminger is floating in a big heated pool of attitude.” -- The Vinyl Anarchist 

“Scott Ramminger had dropped a new live two-disc CD, “Alive and Ornery,” and, yes, you should get it.”  -- Stacattofy 

 

Do What Your Heart Says To (2017) 

"Round up the best session players in New Orleans. Bring in top flight female singers like Bekka Bramlett, Francine Reed, Janiva Magness and the McCrary Sisters. How can you lose? The ability to pull this off is off is a testament to the credibility and emerging strength of clever songwriter, vocalist, and saxophonist Scott Ramminger for this, his third CD. His songs carry a sense of humor and offbeat reflections...The ebullient, mostly joyous, and downright funky tunes on this album lie somewhere between vintage Delbert McClinton, early Dr. John, and folks like Eric Lindell...No, there’s no filler here. This is pure funk, swing, and swagger...Throughout, your jaw may drop a few times listening to Torkanowsky’s piano, Ramminger’s full-bodied tenor and baritone sax solos, and Theriot’s guitar excursions. This album will bring smiles…get you dancing (just about every track), and is the perfect soundtrack for your own Mardi Gras celebration." -- Jim Hynes/Elmore Magazine 

"5*****...The lyrics are archetypal blues, but the sound is essential Crescent City, that irresistible mix of blues, R&B, and funky rock ‘n roll, sweetened by a taste of jazz and roadhouse. What follows is an hour of self-crafted, well-earned hard luck and self-immolation over a steady Louisiana backdro...Surrounding himself with the very best musicians and vocalists he could find was Ramminger’s finest decision. Coming to the studio with a series of songs—some whimsical, some proud, all honest and real (give 'Winter Is Always Worse' a listen)—was also crucial to making 'Do What Your Heart Says To' the complete success that it is." -- Donald Teplyske/Fervor Coulee 

"A new name to me, this artist sings, plays sax and writes songs. He also has a truckload of musical pals including Janiva Magness, Bekka Bramlett, Tommy Malone and The McCrary Sisters playing and singing with his core band. Recorded down in New Orleans...The band really swings. The album's title cut evokes Dr John with its rolling beat whilst 'Winter Is Worse' is a biting blues with sharp guitar and electric piano and an excellent vocal. A good Southern r&b album with amusing lyrics and top notch playing and singing. -- Alan Pearce/Blues Matters! 

"bluesy, roots-rock gumbo with a heavy dash of New Orleans flavor...Scott has produced some seriously entertaining music with plenty of substance. He writes real good songs, is a most engaging singer and a strong saxophonist who backs himself with some stellar  players. The result is another helping of real fine musical gumbo." -- Ron Weinstock/In A Blue Mood 

"The kind of unheralded gem that rises to the top..this set takes it deep down to Nawlins...this funkified good time is on point throughout.  A fun date that colors freely outside the lines with abandon, this proves once again there’s a lively music business taking place outside the dictates of the record business.  Check it out." -- Chris Spector/Midwest Record Review 

"Wow!  I could stop at that, and feel content that I had expressed my feelings about this album adequitely...Killer songwriter, vocalist and sax man (baritone & tenor), Scott Ramminger has pulled out all the stops for this one. All original tunes, backing from some of the best musicians New Orleans has to offer and more...has a timeless quality that will never go out of style.. From straight blues to R&B, roots-rock, funk and so much more, 'Do What Your Heart Says To' has something to satisfy everyone's taste...My only problem with this one is that I am having a hard time putting something else in my player."   -- Bill Wlison/Reflections In Blue 

 

I Really Love Your Smile (2013) 

Any record that lists such top flight players as pianist David Torkanowksy, guitarist Shane Theriot, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Johnny Vidacovich is bound to have its thrills regardless of whose name is emblazoned on the cover. This one is no exception, even considering its frontman is really a DC-based saxman. But Scott Ramminger’s got enough cred—not only with his own New Orleans-influenced Crawstickers but by holding his own as an instrumentalist, vocalist and writer. -- Offbeat (New Orleans) 

“Saxophonist Scott Ramminger is based out of D.C., but his soul's in New Orleans. For this outing, he's got the heartbeat of that city well represented with some of the Crescent City's finest funksters and groovemen backing him on seven of the ten original cuts.”  -- No Depression 

“The Alabama-born singer, songwriter and saxophonist keeps a bluesy New Orleans flavor boiling throughout his sophomore album, which was recorded in the Crescent City, Nashville and Washington, D.C.”.  -- 2/22/13 -- Gary Graff, The Oakland (CA) Press 

Scott is a triple threat. He is a vocalist who brings warmth, depth of feeling, and humor, an able saxophonist who plays solidly in the vein of a Lee Allen or Red Tyler and a songwriter whose ability to craft songs together is quite notable -- In A Blue Mood -- Ron Weinstock, March 2013 

"My favorites include the funky duet with Regina McCrary, 'Take a Walk in the Other Man's Shoes;'  the Big Easy jammin' title song; and the reggae-flavored 'Sometimes You Race the Devil.' Fans of Crescent City jam and great sax should enjoy this disc." -- Ricky Flake, Biloxi (Mississippi) Sun-Herald, Feb. 28, 2013 

 

Crawstickers (2011) 

"Three Stars (***) "Ramminger brings honest wit to entertaining original songs, mainly about domestic squabbles...  Some of the leading roots musicians in the Mid-Atlantic area help him out." -- Downbeat Magazine,  March 2012 

"What a treat this album is.  Instead of a guitar based format, Scott Ramminger, singer/songwriter and bandleader is a saxophonist, playing tenor, baritone, and alto sax throughout.   And what a joy to hear Ramminger strutting his stuff through 11 original songs that veer from slow blues, boogie woogie, and shuffle to the Mardi Gras groove of 'Real Fine Gumbo.'" -- Blues Matters Magazine, March 2012 

“Scott Ramminger takes off with a bang in the title track for 'Crawstickers'. The fuse lit, the band produces a beat driven boogie with sax, organ and piano feeding the fire riff by riff . . . Scott steers with a firm hand, owning microphone bragging rights with low slung delivery that fits the Dixie mix of blues, soul and roots rock with which the band testifies.”  -- The Alternate Root Magazine, 

“Ramminger puts a modern twist on Southern influenced textures emblematic of Robert Cray and John Lee Hooker as he invites audiences to be a part of the music.. . .  A hearty dose of Americana-driven melodies that leave the audience wanting more. -- Yahoo Entertainment 

"This excellent CD explores a number of different musical directions, but in the all songs you hear that the blues had a strong influence on the music of Ramminger.   . . .My conclusion is clear: I have enjoyed this cd very much. So go ahead and buy it!" -- Rootstime Magazine