(1999 'Evidence') (56:45/15) Der langjährige Gitarrist in der James Harman Band und nun: den Fabulous Thunderbirds mit einem zweiten Album in Allstar-Besetzung. Er ist sicherlich einer Besten, wenn es um eine kraftvolle und traditionelle Gitarrenspielweise geht. Und wie zu erwarten, gibt es hier genügend Raum, um seine Künste zu zeigen. Zumeist Uptempo-Nummern, stilistsich alles abarbeitend, was sich in 50 Jahren im Blues bewegt hat. Was ich vermisse, ist Intensität, eine gewisse Tiefe und Gefühl / long-time guitar player for James Harman, and now the T-Birds. His second album recorded with an all-star line-up. He's one of the best when it comes to powerful yet tradtional style blues guitar playing. As expected, this production leaves him plenty of room to stretch-out. Musicially, the spectrum is wide covering all blues styles developed during the past fifty years. What I am personally missing is intensity, a deep feeling in his blues. Most songs are up-tempo and showcase numbers. KID RAMOS - gtrs, with KIM WILSON - voc, JAMES HARMAN - voc/hca, CESAR ROSAS - voc, WILLIE CHAMBERS - voc, LYNWOOD SLIM - voc, ROB RIO - pno, GENE TAYLOR - pno, DAVE MATTHEWS - Hammond B-3, WILLIE J. CAMPBELL - bass, STEPHEN HODGES -drums, RICHARD INNES - drums, JEFF TURMES - bass, JANIVA MAGNESS - voc, ANNE KING - tpt, STEVE MARSH - ten.
Born on January 13, 1959, in Fullerton, CA, blues-rock guitarist David "Kid" Ramos inherited his love of music from his parents, who were both professional opera singers. When his father grew tired of life on the road, he settled down with his family, buying a gas station in Anaheim.
One day, when Kid was eight, he bought his son an electric guitar and amplifier from a customer passing through. By his teenaged years, Ramos was playing friend's parties and nightclubs on a regular basis, joining harmonica expert James Harman's blues-based band in 1980 (all its members sported sharkskin suits), playing up and down California alongside such punk bands as X, Oingo Boingo, the Blasters, and the Plimsouls.
Kid played with the Harman Band for most of the '80s, until his departure in 1988, and although he filled in as the guitarist for the outfit Roomful of Blues, decided to put his musical career on the backburner to focus on his home life and start a family (for the next several years, Ramos was employed as a water delivery man).