This song's composer, Willis Alan Ramsey, is one of the more mysterious men in rock. Based in Austin, Texas, his 1972 self-titled album was released on Shelter Records when he was 21. It quickly got lots of attention, and Ramsey was lauded as a new breed of "progressive country" performer.
It wasn't just "Muskrat Candlelight" that got covered: The Bellamy Brothers took "Satin Sheets" to #73 in 1976; Jimmy Buffett recorded "The Ballad of Spider John" and "Northeast Texas Women"; Jimmie Dale Gilmore
did "Goodbye Old Missoula."
Ramsey was poised for stardom, but it wasn't to be: He moved to Los Angeles and worked on songs at Leon Russell's home studio, but couldn't get a sound he liked. That lifestyle didn't suit him, so he moved back to Texas and sat out his Shelter contract. In the '80s, he went to the United Kingdom and studied Celtic folk music, eventually moving back to Colorado. From time to time, he is rumored to be working on a second album, but nothing has appeared.