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Each month, about two concerts are featured at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center. Up next on March 23 is an evening of classic songwriting with Willis Alan Ramsey and Robert Cline Jr. at the Bank of Colorado Theatre Stage.

Ramsey is returning to touring after nearly 40 years, in advance of his long awaited follow-up album. A cult legend among fans of Americana and Texas country, his one self-titled record in 1972 still garners attention and adoration. He'll take the stage in Cedaredge with fellow Americana music artist Robert Cline Jr.

Life kept Ramsey's sophomore album from its debut but he said, in an interview with Fort Worth Weekly in 2014, that he's determined to do it right, no matter how long it takes.

At his concert several of the songs played will be from his upcoming album, "Gentilly." They're said to be "as melodic and intriguing as his early songs." Until recently Ramsey only toured occasionally but lately has been performing a couple times a month while working on the final production for "Gentilly."

Cedaredge is one of five shows Ramsey will do with Cline this spring.

Cline, opener for Ramsey, is excited to approach the audience as a "songwriter in an intimate setting." The concert will be setup as showcasing Cline and Ramsey as individual artists, meaning they won't perform together. Ramsey will, as Cline described, "take the audience down a captivating journey with Americana and the fundamentals of his songs."

Cline has been in show business less than Ramsey, about 10 years, but his passion runs deep. His two albums, American Mojo (2017) and All the Right Reasons (2012) aim to "capture what America is all about."

One of his favorite songs from his new album is "Leaving this Town" which he said, "captures the angst of my first leap of faith as I began my full-time touring career. Despite the challenges, I sold my house and my things to help finance the remainder of the project."

Honesty and connection with performing are what keep Cline in the industry and he hopes to show the audience this on March 23. "I love the genuine nature of putting yourself out there," he said. "Sharing my music is the hardest things I've ever done but it's also one of the most rewarding."

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show are $30 and available at www.grandmesaartscenter.com/performances or by calling Starr's Guitars at 970-856-2331.

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