No, I’m okay. This plea for help is not for me. It’s for a brilliant guitarist I first discovered at the 2011 Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival. His name is (David) Kid Ramos. He lives in Orange County. He is one of the best guitar players I have ever seen or heard. I didn’t know it, but for the past year he has been battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that normally afflicts children and young adults.
Kid has had to undergo surgery and extensive chemotherapy treatments for over a year. The chemo treatments (and their devastating effects) continue. As a result, his medical expenses have been enormous. He has a day job as an account manager for a landscaping company (I can’t believe a musician this brilliant has to have a straight day job — but I guess that says a lot about the difficulty of maintaining a career as a cultural creator in contemporary America).
Kid Ramos has played with the best. He was a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the James Harman Band and Los Fabulocos. His most recent recording was with The Mannish Boys on their newest album Double Dynamite.
During all this Kid has managed to work his steady day job to support his wonderful family. Kid and Linda Ramos have two amazing sons Johnny and Anthony.
As soon as I heard him play I bought every recording I could find by him. Everything he touches just really hits my musical sweet spot. His normal playing is similar to and ranks with the very best guitar work of his compadres in Los Lobos.
His musical family has pulled together to help Kid out with a number of benefit concerts including shows ranging geographically from Covina, California to San Diego, Phoenix, Italy, Canada and Belgium. This should give you some idea how much Kid Ramos is loved and thought of in the world’s musical community.
You can help, too.
Please purchase the Kid Ramos benefit CD, The Kid Ramos/Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions. 100% of the profits go to help Kid Ramos. Here’s a link to the purchase site:
Under “DVDs/CDs” click on “CDs”
Donations and well wishes on Kid’s behalf can also be sent to Delta Groove Music, 16501 Sherman Way, Suite 100, Van Nuys, CA 91406. Delta Groove will forward them to Kid and his family.
Any musicians willing to donate their services can contact Delta Groove Music at 818-907-1600.
Our prayers and thoughts are with Kid and the Ramos family. I am personally (and, perhaps, somewhat selfishly) hoping for the chance hear many more years of the incredibly masterful guitar work of Kid Ramos.