The Next Waltz functions primarily as a recording outlet for Texas artists reinterpreting classic material. But when owner Bruce Robison brought storied songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey to his Bunker studio in Lockhart, they recorded one of Ramsey's own songs, which is a significant occasion.
Ramsey's 1971 self-titled debut is an American music masterpiece, but there's never been a follow-up. The song recorded for the Next Waltz, “Mockingbird Blues,” may or may not eventually surface on a second record that's been in the works for decades. But it's now up on YouTube, with an animated video (see above).
In the meantime, Robison decided to book himself and Ramsey on the first Next Waltz Live Tour, a four-date Texas run that begins with an Oct. 2 show at Stateside at the Paramount. Two other extraordinarily talented singer-songwriters, Austin fiddler Carrie Rodriguez and Oklahoma’s John Fullbright, fill out the lineup for a special night that will include an opening set from Jamie Lin Wilson. Tickets, $49.50, are available via the venue's website.
Songs recorded for the Next Waltz generally are posted to YouTube along with video footage from the recording sessions. A vinyl collection of highlights came out last year, and a second volume is set to be released Nov. 29.
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