Saturday 10 March 2012- (Late) David Ramirez & The Cartel, Holy Fiction, Sara Van Buskirk

David Ramirez & The Cartel (Austin, TX)

http://davidramirezmusic.com/

“The best damn songwriter you don’t know yet”. – Paste Magazine

“Soulful, stirring, heartbreaking. David makes you hang on the turn of every phrase”. – The Civil Wars

I’m a wandering man, got no money in the bank, got no wife at home watching children”. Nothing could more accurately depict the adventurous, carefree spirit of singer-songwriter David Ramirez. Uneasy with being in one place for too long, David repeatedly finds himself on the road playing his brand of modern Americana that fans have coined “Folk-brewed Pop”.

He’s been writing and performing for over 10 years. From his teen years swapping songs with friends in Houston to the struggles of making a name for himself in Nashville, David’s songwriting journey has spanned multiple EP’s and a full-length, American Soil which garnered over 1,200 downloads in a 48-hr. period on Noisetrade. In 2010, David played 150 shows on numerous, independently booked tours. Feeling truly at home on the road, he calls his second home Austin, Texas. It’s here where he wrote and recorded his latest release, Strangetown EP.

The songs, with their heart-yearning lyrics and sparse musical backdrop, tells things as he sees them: honest, unfiltered and true. “Wandering Man” is a revved up, foot-stomper that would make Johnny Cash proud and turn even the most fickle listener into a true believer. “Shoeboxes” and “Argue With Heaven” find David coming to terms with life’s ups and downs and the reality of lost loves and broken hearts. “I Think I Like You” hits your ears like a whispered secret and the title track, “Strange Town” weaves a memorable, melancholy lyric with an infectious, heart-pulsing beat.

David Ramirez knows no luxury. He wants no satisfaction. All he needs is an acoustic guitar and the words in his mouth to tell the true stories of a wandering man. But to see him live, with only that acoustic guitar in hand, spitting those words into rings of fire, is to experience something real…something that cannot be reproduced.

Holy Fiction (Houston, TX)
http://www.facebook.com/holyfiction

“vibrantsoundscapes that rise and fall with Evan Lecker’s voice, leavinglisteners yearning for more” -AustinTownHall

“Each track[is] the ideal canvas for the voice of singer/guitarist Evan Lecker.His rich, powerful vocals are on full display as he croons heartfeltlyrics on songs like the 90s-throwback “Golden City Lights,” theslow-burning lament “Hours From It” and the unshakeable “MoreThan Ever.” -Paste Magazine

Holy Fiction is the new project formed by members of Ethan Durelle, Pilot Drift, Hemyah and A Pacific Model. Eager to create music that is both listenable and intelligent, Holy Fiction is currently crafting songs in a much different fashion than their former outfits.

 

Sara Van Buskirk (Houston, TX)
http://www.myspace.com/saravanbuskirk

Houston Press – This weekend, local singer-songwriter Sara Van Buskirk releases her debut LP, The Place Where You Are, after a few years of on-and-off tinkering. It’s a riveting work, built around her muscular voice and backed by a stellar cast of Houston pickers and players.  The ten-track album is relentlessly pretty and tough as nails, showcasing the songs that Buskirk has been workshopping in coffeehouses and venues like AvantGarden for a good five years now.