DAVID RAMIREZ / JAY NASH
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
By breaking through heartache, David Ramirez has gone on a search for understanding. The Austin resident and frequent traveler to clubs, theaters and listening rooms all over the country, has come to a phase in his creative life where the tears have dried and moving on looks like the best option.
That change in perspective hasn't erased the weary searching that has characterized Ramirez's sparse Americana songwriting for more than a decade. It just means the questions he's asking on his new album Apologies have changed.
"There's less to do with heartache and a lot more to do with personal struggles, and hope. I see a lot of hope in these songs," Ramirez, 29, says.
"I've been working on these and many other songs for a couple years but I didn't know what I wanted this album to say until right before going into the studio. Once I finished 'An Introduction' I knew this was going to be a very personal album."
That song finds Ramirez standing in a Roman cathedral looking for God – singing atop a simple but driving shuffle – while the sparse acoustic guitar-and-voice number "Goodbye" shows him closing the book (and setting it ablaze) on a relationship that seems to have left him permanently unsettled.
Whether solo or with accompaniment, Ramirez and his characters make an impression, which is why Paste magazine called him, "The best damn songwriter you don't know yet" and folk stars The Civil Wars praised him as "Soulful, stirring, heartbreaking."
With Apologies Ramirez has widened his view but is looking outward as intensely as ever. The answers might elude him – as they do all of us – but the questions he's asking ring honest and true.
Jay Nash, East Coast native and rock troubadour, has been blessed with the kind of excruciatingly rustic voice so rarely heard on record. Coupled with that is his unnervingly candid approach to song-writing - the man is a burgeoning talent set for realisation with his latest studio release ‘The Things You Think You Need’.
It’s certainly refreshing to find an artist that refuses to simply dwell on the hard times, instead choosing to bask in the good and the great that life has to offer. At times almost jovial, Nash’s charisma and buoyant attitude is infectious to the last with a sound capable of softening the sternest of hearts.
American Longspurs is an alt/country band hailing from Phoenix, Arizona. Founded by Zach Zimmerman and Drew Switzer, American Longspurs turn out a mixture of singer-songwriter ballads and bar-burning, country-rock anthems.
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