Interview: Matthew Logan Vasquez

A collection of songwriters holed up on the outskirts of Santa Fe in a ramshackle house, fuelled by alcohol, camaraderie and hot tubs, Glorietta sounds like some kind of creative utopian dream.  Delta Spirit’s Matthew Logan Vasquez, alongside buddies and contemporaries David Ramirez, Noah Gundersen, Adrian Quesada, Kelsey Wilson and Jason Robert Blum have recorded a truly wonderful album together that manages to combine beautifully all their collective talents without ever losing that overriding sense of fun.  Americana-UK speaks to Delta Spirit’s Mathew Logan Vasquez about ego management,  the art of collective songwriting, and basic logistics of making a project like this actually happen.  Continue reading “Interview: Matthew Logan Vasquez”

David Ramirez, The Borderline, London, 7th September 2018


David Ramirez is over on a short four night tour of the UK to promote his latest album on the Thirty Tigers label, ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere.’ Playing to a fairly packed Borderline crowd it’s his first visit to London since the turn of the year when he played an intimate solo show at St Pancras Old Church.  The band open with ‘Twins’ from the current record – a downbeat lament and eulogy to the victims of the Twin Towers. It’s also a personal statement about how the climate of fear in Ramirez’s homeland has meant the loss of a version of the United States he once held dear. Continue reading “David Ramirez, The Borderline, London, 7th September 2018”

David Ramirez announces UK dates – September

David Ramirez has announced details of August and September 2018 EU dates, including four UK headline shows with a stop at London’s Borderline on September 7, 2018, which come in support of David’s latest album ‘We’re Not Going Anywhere’  which is out now via Thirty Tigers. Produced by Sam Kassirer, the album finds Ramirez painting an imagined picture of contemporary America through the songwriter’s own perspective of having dual American and Mexican heritage. Continue reading “David Ramirez announces UK dates – September”

David Ramirez, St Pancras Old Church, London, 12th January 2018

“I may as well get in his good graces before I start getting blasphemous”, says David Ramirez as he pauses to reflect on the intimate surroundings of St Pancras Old Church towards the beginning of his set tonight. Ramirez is playing completely solo on his current tour although he pauses to reflect at one point on how playing with the compatriots in his regular band has meant his music is tending to evolve in a more rock ‘n’ roll direction. As for the evening, the environment is perfectly suited to his more intimately personal style of song writing, with Ramirez on acoustic guitar throughout. Continue reading “David Ramirez, St Pancras Old Church, London, 12th January 2018”

David Ramirez heads back to UK for more dates

We’re rather fond of David Ramirez here at AUK and today he’s announced details of an eight-date UK headline tour set to run throughout January 2018. He released his new album “We’re Not Going Anywhere” via Thirty Tigers last week, described by Uncut in these words: “If Springsteen made a record about living in Trump’s America, you’d hope it might sound something like this”. The album, which was produced by Sam Kassirer (previously Lake Street Dive and Josh Ritter), documented Ramirez’s heartfelt take on Trump’s America from his point of view of having a mixed Mexican and American heritage. You’re always welcome here David.  Boris though right? Here are those dates. Continue reading “David Ramirez heads back to UK for more dates”

David Ramirez announces new single, UK dates

Thirty Tigers signing David Ramirez has just announced his fourth album “We’re Not Going Anywhere” which is due out September 8th, and he’s touring the UK next week. Ramirez, who comes from the perspective of having a dual Mexican and American heritage, wrote the new album, the follow-up to 2015’s ‘Fables’ as a response of protest and defiance towards the nightmarish (to put it mildly) American political landscape in 2017. He couldn’t have picked a better place than Brighton to start his tour, and if Trump ever does come to the UK we should make sure he’s booked into a nice little hotel there. Catch the dates below along with the new single. Continue reading “David Ramirez announces new single, UK dates”