Ramblin’ Bert Will Never Die.
One of my proudest moments was when I won a CD from Ramblin’
Bert. I was listening to his blues show
on WECS, the radio Station of Eastern Connecticut State University, and he had
a contest. First caller to identify the song
wins the CD. I called and won. WOW!
He signed it for me and it sits proudly in my music collection. Ramblin’
Burt Cournoyer was a Blues connoisseur.
He could feel the sound, and he could share that feeling with us. Now he’s sharing a mighty bass line with the
Born Alfred Bertram Cournoyer, in Webster, Massachusetts on
December 29, 1938 he used a shortened form of his middle name as part of his
radio handle. We lost him on October 25,
He had an encyclopedic knowledge of Blues, from early roots music
to contemporary, up and coming acts. He
was active in the Connecticut music scene and the Connecticut radio world. It
helps to understand the Blues if you live near a river.
He started spinning sounds on WECS in the late
1980s. Ramblin’ Burt would listen to blues
anywhere and he’d talk about them anywhere:
bars, festivals, concerts, and even Elks Club talent nights.
He was a stop on the blues circuit and everyone wanted to be
interviewed by Ramblin’ Burt. He had a
gravelly voice and a Northern Connecticut Border accent that just went
perfectly with the music he played.
J. Z. Zatowski of WECS tells us that he was instrumental in developing
the blues library at the station. “The
Blues will be a little bit bluer without Ramblin’ Burt,” said Zatowski. The Connecticut Blues community shares the
sense of loss that must be felt by his family. His life enriched us all.
There’s something about the Blues, something
about rivers, and something about Ramblin’ Bert; they just keep on rollin’.
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