Americana / Folk

Seattle, WA

Americana / Folk

'Bandita out now! Discover the stories behind the music.


featured tracks

Upbeat, Driving, Romantic

Haunting, Nostalgic, Folksy

Dreamy, Nostalgic, Epic

Happy, Uplifting, Love

Hopeful, Moody, Dramatic

Moody, Cathartic, Dark




Premiering on NPR's First Watch, her first single, "Ghosts", is a wonderfully southern-inspired folk tune that showcases Lydia's natural fingerpicking guitar ability, her banjo playing and her lovely vocal harmonies.   Her songs “Show Me The Stars” and “Shake Me” from her debut album, Bandita, were featured on KEXP's Song of the Day and Music That Matters Podcasts. Bandita was also selected as one of the Top 10 Albums of 2017 by KBCS 91.3. Returning from her first international tour in the U.K., she received praise from the UK Americana Music Association describing her music as an “enticing combination of folk and country that sparkles as modern Americana.”  

Two years after the release of her acclaimed debut album, Bandita, Lydia Ramsey has released her second full length album, ‘Flames For the Heart’ out September, 2019.

Recorded in collaboration with producer Andy D. Park (Death Cab For Cutie, Phoebe Bridgers, Pedro The Lion), ‘Flames For the Heart’ represents an exciting evolution in Ramsey’s sound. With a driving rock feel, gorgeous string arrangements, and new songs written for piano and banjo, the album reflects a fresh compositional perspective and a broadening of the traditional folk elements found in Ramsey’s debut album. Songs like Dreamer, Heatwave, and Take My Only Heart blend warm and rich vocal melodies with pedal steel, cello, viola, and violin, showcasing Ramsey’s deft touch as an arranger, while Eyes For You hits hard instantly, propelled forward by a larger more rock oriented rhythm section.

‘Flames For the Heart’ has received national attention from NPR Music, featuring the lead off track ‘Story Untold’ on their All Songs Considered podcast alongside Thom Yorke and Jim James (My Morning Jacket). Glide Magazine writes, “A full listen finds Ramsey to be an artist worth savoring, as her lyrics seem to reveal new meaning and depth with each repeated listen. Ultimately ‘Flames For the Heart’ is the kind of understated yet emotionally and musically hard-hitting album that is harder to find these days.” From her live performances Ramsey has been described as “singer/songwriter who mesmerizes with both her finger-picking banjo playing and her voice, which has a nostalgic quality that conveys emotions with even the softest tones.” - Northwest Music Scene

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