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Lead vocals, Acoustic guitar
I was born and grew up in the US, living
in about 12 different places
by the time I was 16, but my roots are in Kansas. I studied literature
in university and spent a few years in Switzerland and France before
winding up in Finland in 1987. Since then Iíve lived in Rovaniemi,
working at the University of Lapland. I got married and raised three
kids here. Finland is my home.
I began my musical career as a drummer,
and started playing guitar
and singing at age 16. I like folk music and singer-songwriters like
Bob Dylan, Warren Zevon, Randy Newman, Marc Cohn and
Sarah McLachlan. My country music favorites are Emmylou Harris,
Roseanne Cash and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Marko, Harri, Markku and I formed The
Ramsons in the summer of 2011
to explore our mutual interest in country music. Playing new styles like
waltz, humppa, and even zydeco has been challenging and a lot of fun.