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Gig Bag: David Ramirez

Oct 10, 2017

Welcome to Gig Bag, a BGS feature that peeks into the touring essentials of some of our favorite artists. This month, singer/songwriter David Ramirez shows off what he has on the road with him supporting his new album, We’re Not Going Anywhere.

Books: I always bring a couple books on the road. When I’m not driving, I’m either sleeping or reading (mostly sleeping). I bring something easy, like a comic or two, as well as something a little more challenging. I had a classical guitar teacher for one semester in college who told me, “If you want to be a great writer, then you have to read.”

A pen: I go nuts over a good pen. In fact, earlier today, I almost stole the one I used to sign my check at lunch. I was a good boy, though, and left it at the restaurant. I take a lot of notes on my phone because, let’s face it, it’s convenient but, when I’m writing with focus, I prefer pen and paper. This one is a Walkie ball point and was a gift from a friend. I’m obsessed with this pen.   

Headphones: Van time is silent time. We’ll cut up for a few minutes when we all first climb in, but eventually, headphones turn on and mouths turn off. I’m constantly losing and/or breaking headphones, so I never go all out with an incredible pair (these kind of suck) but they do cover my ears and, for that, I’m thankful. 

Fire: My bag is filled with lighters, and I always have one in my pocket. I’m not an “accessories guy” so, aside from my shades, the only thing I carry with me at all times is a lighter. Yes, I smoke, BUT you can also open a beer with a lighter, AND what lady doesn’t enjoy having her cigarette lit by a charming musician? Lighters bring people together. Even if for just an evening.  

Shades: Last, and certainly not least, my shades. Gotta have ’em. I appreciate what the sun brings to the table, but I don’t want it in my eyes. I will wear these up until the sun is barely a sliver on the horizon and sometimes well into the night. Some folks hate it and roll their eyes at me but I love wearing shades. This new-ish pair is hands down one of my all-time faves. 

Photo credit: Stefanie Vinsel

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