1972 Willis Alan Ramsey – Willis Alan Ramsey

Willis Alan Ramsey is the solo studio release by the Texas songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey. The album’s genre is hard to categorize with touches of country, country rock, folk, and folk rock. The tunes range from the reflection and regret of “The Ballad of Spider John” to a heartfelt tribute to Woody Guthrie on “Boy from Oklahoma”. It was recorded on Leon Russell’s Shelter label in 1972, and Leon sat in on piano, keyboards, vibraphone. Other guest musicians include: Leland Sklar, Carl Radle, Jim Keltner, Red Rhodes and Russ Kunkel. The song “Muskrat Candlelight” was later covered by the band America in 1973 and then by Captain & Tennille in 1976, both using the title “Muskrat Love.” “Ballad of Spider John” was covered by Jimmy Buffett on his 1974 album Living & Dying in 3/4 Time. The Song “Satin Sheets” was covered by The Bellamy Brothers. The songs “Geraldine and the Honeybee” and “Wishbone” have been covered live several times by Widespread Panic.


1  Ballad of Spider John (Willis Alan Ramsey) 4:19
2  Muskrat Love (Muskrat Candlelight) (Willis Alan Ramsey) 3:24
3  Geraldine and the Honeybee (Willis Alan Ramsey) 2:20
4  Wishbone (Willis Alan Ramsey) 2:47
5  Satin Sheets (Willis Alan Ramsey) 2:40
6  Goodbye Old Missoula (Willis Alan Ramsey) 5:04
7  Painted Lady (Willis Alan Ramsey) 3:07
8  Watermelon Man (Willis Alan Ramsey) 3:26
9  Boy from Oklahoma (Willis Alan Ramsey) 3:55
10  Angel Eyes (Willis Alan Ramsey) 3:12
11  Northeast Texas Women (Willis Alan Ramsey) 5:42



1 Ballad of Spider John

GuitarWillis Alan Ramsey
AccordionNick DeCaro
SaxErnie Watts

2 Muskrat Love (Muskrat Candlelight)

BassWillis Alan Ramsey
GuitarWillis Alan Ramsey
PianoLeon Russell
VibesLeon Russell

3 Geraldine and the Honeybee

BassWillis Alan Ramsey
DrumsWalter Collie
GuitarWillis Alan Ramsey

4 Wishbone

BassWillis Alan Ramsey
DrumsWalter Collie
GuitarRobert Aberg
PianoLarry Steelman

5 Satin Sheets

GuitarWillis Alan Ramsey

6 Goodbye Old Missoula

BassCarl Radle
DrumsJim Keltner
GuitarWillis Alan Ramsey
Pedal Steel GuitarRed Rhodes
PianoLeon Russell
HarmonicaWillis Alan Ramsey

7 Painted Lady

BassTim Drummond
DrumsKenneth Butrey
GuitarWillis Alan Ramsey
GuitarEddie Hinton
FiddleDusty Rhodes
PianoJohn Harris

8 Watermelon Man

GuitarWillis Alan Ramsey
Slide GuitarRobert Aberg

9 Boy from Oklahoma

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarWillis Alan Ramsey
Pedal Steel GuitarRed Rhodes

10 Angel Eyes

GuitarWillis Alan Ramsey
CelloCathy Pruitt

11 Northeast Texas Women

BassWillis Alan Ramsey
DrumsWalter Collie
GuitarCharles Perrino
FiddleTim Self
VocalsMike Sexton

Liner Notes

Producer – Denny Cordell, Willis Alan Ramsey
Engineer – Wayne Dailey (Tracks 1, 5, 9, 10)
Engineer – Peter Nicholls (Tracks 2, 6)
Engineer – Robin Hood Brians (Tracks 3, 4, 8)
Engineer – Elliot Mazer (Track 7)
Engineer – Bob Potter (Track 11)
Remix – Al Schmitt

Design – Good Time Graphix
Photography By, Artwork – Bill Matthews

Recorded At – Beautiful Sounds, Memphis, TN.
Recorded At – Skyhill Studios
Recorded At – Robin Hood Studios
Recorded At – Sunset Sound
Recorded At – Quadraphonic Sound Studios
Remixed At – Sunset Sound
Copyright (c) – Wishbone Music
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Wishbone Music
Distributed By – Capitol Records, Inc.
Published By – Wishbone Music
Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Los Angeles