LATEST NEWS: Second Place Winner at the International Blues Challenge - Memphis 2020

THE COSTA RICA BLUES AMBASSADOR

Welcome to the home of Latin America’s rising Blues artist Jose Ramirez! Here you will be able to find the latest news, press, tour dates and music. Be sure to check out the different pages on the site and come back often as we will update it frequently.

NEW ALBUM

“Jose Ramirez is such a tasty guitarist, it’s so refreshing. Here he comes!”
~Shemekia Copeland, blues musician and host of B.B.King’s Bluesville on Sirius XM

“Jose is an impressive talent. A very tasteful guitar player with a whole lotta confidence in his playing. He pays real attention to tone and phrasing. His vocals are mature too.”
~Bruce Iglauer, President, Alligator Records

“The most soulful and heartfelt blues since Robert Cray burst onto the scene all those years ago. Jose’s decision to link up with Anson Funderburgh was a masterstroke. Check this superb album out.”
~Stephen Foster, BBC

“Jose has made a real blues album. The playing of my old band mate and friend Jim Pugh, is stellar!”
~Richard Cousins, Bassist for The Robert Cray Band

“Jose Ramirez is one of a kind! Love the vocals and phrasing. This new record is superb!”
~Christone “Kingfish” Ingram

The official CD release of the brand new album “Here I Come” is Friday, May 29th, 2020.

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INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE
2020 SECOND PLACE BAND WINNER!

The Jose Ramirez Band was originally selected to represent the capital of the United States (Washington D.C.) at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, January 2020.

Over 230 bands began the competition, 44 bands made it to the semi-finals, 8 bands in the finals. Proud to announce that we are the second place winners! The Jose Ramirez Band performed at the exclusive Orpheum Theater in downtown Memphis.

We competed against the best blues bands from all around the U.S.A. and the world. We are so honored for this prize and the opportunites before us. To our family, friends and fans, thank you for your support!!

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those blues bands and solo/duo blues performers ready for the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each affiliated Blues Society of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo musician(s) to represent its organization at the IBC. The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing, and creating blues music.

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EUROPEAN TOUR 2021

Due to Covid-19, this tour will be rescheduled for 2021.

Jose is very happy and excited to tour in Europe for the third time. Even though Jose has toured Europe in the past, this will be the first time touring with his American band. They will be very ready to cross the Atlantic Ocean with shows around Spain, the Netherlands and Belgium in 2021.

To see photos from Jose’s 2019 Winter trip to Europe, check out the bands Instagram.

AMERICAN TOUR 2021

Due to Covid-19, this tour will be rescheduled for 2021.

After the grand success at The Blues Foundation 2020 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, the band was looking forward to a 2020 USA Summer Tour in the Summer months.

The tour was set to include shows in Washington D.C., Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and New York.

In the meantime as circumstances progress in the U.S., keep an eye on the Tour page for future venues and dates where you can catch the band on the road. 

Be sure to buy the upcoming CD “Here I Come” from the Jose Ramirez Store launching May 29th.

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BUY THE EP
"THE UK SESSIONS"

Released in April of 2019, you can now purchase the album on these websites:

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