David Ramirez: “Shoeboxes”
Over the course of a calendar, KUT features 260 songs of the day from a wide range of artists, each one catching our collective ear. For the last two weeks of the year, we’ll be highlighting the best songs of the day from 2011, featuring big names, new discoveries, Studio 1A exclusives, and some tunes that might have gotten lost in the shuffle in the past twelve months.
Paste Magazine called Austin’s David Ramirez “the best damn songwriter you don’t know yet.” But with the stellar year he had, that may soon change. Ramirez grew up in Houston, but his passion for songwriting brought him through Nashville and then on to Birmingham. Austin, however, seems like the perfect fit for the musician.
Ramirez wrote and recorded this year’s EP, Strange Town, in Austin. It’s a showcase for his mournful melodies and powerful voice, but what’s most immediately striking are the stories he weaves with just a few strums on the acoustic guitar.
This recording of “Shoeboxes,” a song that appears on Strange Town, was captured during a Texas Music Matters exclusive interview and performance earlier this year.