At 32 years old, Jose Ramirez is Costa Rica’s premier blues artist and has played with some of the biggest names in the blues industry. These artists include Buddy Guy, Anson Funderburgh, Janiva Magness, Mark Hummel and Bryan Lee, to name a few.
The Jose Ramirez Band recently won second place at The Blues Foundation 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. The band performed in the finals at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis after advancing to the quarter and semi-finals against over 230 bands from around the world.
In the past couple of years, Jose has traveled the world playing the blues. His two European tours included more than 45 concerts in England, Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium. His U.S.A. tour included shows around the Midwest and the South. Highlights included shows at legendary clubs such as Buddy Guy’s Legends and The House of Blues in Chicago.
The band is getting ready for some more touring in the U.S. and Europe this year. Jose’s debut album “Here I Come“ releases in Summer and will be the highlight of the tour.
The new album was recently recorded in Austin, TX under the production of blues guitar legend Anson Funderburgh and mixed by Grammy Award Winner Stuart Sullivan (Jimmie Vaughan, Willie Nelson, Sublime)
Jose’s debut album has received incredible praise from the Former U.S. Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis. General Mattis offered his thoughts on Ramirez’s debut album, “I really loved the album… my favorite songs are Gasoline & Matches and Traveling Riverside Blues. I could sit on my back porch and listen to it over and over” said Mattis. Not so bad for a DEBUT record! Happy 4th of July!!!