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Singer Lydia Ramsey Summons The Ghosts Of Her Family in Her Music

This story originally aired on October 28, 2017.

To say that Seattle musician Lydia Ramsey was raised in a musical family would be kind of an understatement.

“Me and my brothers joke that, like, in order to sit down in our living room, you had to pick up an instrument because it was taking up the chair. And then you’d be like oh, well I’m holding this so I might as well play something on it,” said Ramsey.

Eventually, Lydia would decide to dig a little deeper into her family history. What she found out is that music has been woven through her ancestry for generations.

She’s incorporated some of the stories she uncovered into her music, fantasizing in her lyrics about the lives the lives they might have had.

She joined us in the KNKX performance studio to play her song “Ghosts,” but first sat down with Sound Effect producer Kevin Kniestedt to talk about sharing some of her family ghost stories through music.

Kevin Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.