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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 I’ve 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 and Randy Newman. My country music
favorites are Emmylou Harris, Roseanne Cash and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
Harri, Marko Niemelä 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.