The Islander Magazine – April 2013

Paul Ramirez grew up in a big, vibrant, home in Houston with many family members and many styles coming from its many different rooms. He couldn’t have known at the time that his musical house would make a perfect metaphor for his first CD years later. The 2012 Paul Ramirez Band debut release, Sex With A Dragon, is like a big “house of blues” with “rooms” emanating sounds of rock, country, funk, R&B and Latin music. “Music was constantly around. My Grandparents listened to all different types of music, from old country to Mexican standards, Tejano.... To my aunts listening to classical and my younger aunt listening to rock and roll, Def Leppard.... I guess I had a good start with all different styles of music,” says Ramirez.


From the interview by Zach Tate, featured in the April 2013 edition of The Islander Magazine of Galveston.


To read the full interview, click here.

               

A weekly gig is about the best way for guitarists to hone their craft, and Houston's Paul Ramirez has done just that Wednesday nights at the Continental Club for more than a year now. It pays off in Sex With a Dragon, his debut CD that throws in a little Santana and New Orleans R&B into Ramirez's stick-to-your-ribs Texas blues-rock and shows some salty reverence towards Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean." Dragon breathes enough fire that it doesn't wilt when held up to the gold standard of 2012 Lone Star guitarslinger offerings, Gary Clark Jr.'s Blak and Blu.

The Scene – January 2012

“In his new role as frontman, Paul continues channeling music at transcendentally stratospheric levels! We went to check him out at Katie’s for a couple of songs and ended up staying the night. Get the idea? This band is party ready–Book ‘em...”

Andy Eng, The Scene   January 2012

Music News Houston – December 2011

“Without a doubt, Paul Ramirez is one tasteful guitar player. He always knows just what licks to play. Most of you may remember Paul from his 6 years with the Mark May Band. When Mark left town, Paul decided it was time for his own outfit, and he was definitely right in doing so. He has become quite a talent on his own. Go hear him now! You’ll be knocked out!”

– Kevin Wildman, Music News Houston   December 2011        Click here to read the full review.

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The Scene – September 2013

“Paul is an “in the moment” type of lead guitarist with a pedal arrangement consisting only of a tuner and distortion gadget, yet he coaxes out some of the area’s finest lead breaks invented on the spot. The term “in outer space” comes to mind… Ramirez also sports one of the smoother voices happening these days and explains, “I never really sang much until I started having to – after Mark May went back to Ohio.” I scored a copy of Paul’s first CD titled “Sex With A Dragon” and was curious how the recording could capture Paul’s fluidic lead breaks. The effort was recorded and mixed at the Fat Tone Studio in Baton Rouge and mastered at Sugar Hill. Overall, this is one well-engineered product that breathes unlike many of the relentlessly compressed recordings frequenting the market the past couple of decades. This is one fine treat for the ears. Paul tells us that he’s already got material lined up for his next CD and that the five-hour drive to the studio assures that he and his musicians are far enough away not to be bothered with the common daily distractions that interfere with creativity. Sounds good already.”

– Andy Eng, The Scene   September 2013

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