For a band or musician to really get her/his/their music out to the world, touring is a necessity. David Ramirez knows the value of touring – and, like any artist of his ilk, also knows the stress it can cause and the damage that can be done, both physically and mentally. It’s isolating, exhausting, and so far removed from any romantic notions about life on the road that artists find themselves immersed in self-doubt. Okay, why am I doing this again?

For two years after his last album, Ramirez felt drained and was facing a major creative block. He had attempted to make another album, but something wasn’t clicking. He decided to scrap whatever material he ‘d been working on, and took a break. The creativity had to flow naturally and not feel forced.

From that merciful break came Fables, in which Ramirez explores a newfound maturity in both his personal life and songwriting approach. “My focus wasn’t really on my music at that point,” Ramirez says. “I was at a point in my relationship with my girlfriend where things were getting serious. The closer we got, the more I realized that I needed to be honest with myself and with her about where my life was heading. If I want to be in a meaningful relationship with someone, I have to be honest in everything I do.” In other words, no time for hiding behind the fables we create.

Tonight, Ramirez will be at the Cactus Cafe for a special Fables preview listening party and performance, starting at 7 p.m. It’s a free event. The album’s official release date is August 28th.

– Photography by Greg Giannukos.

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