Americana / Folk

Seattle, WA

Americana / Folk

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

"At the center of KEXP’s vision is musical community and contribution to the musical energies of Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest. In a city full of local music, there are few people who personify this dream and identity better than Lydia Ramsey. From growing up in Indianola and learning guitar from her father to playing with local eclectic folk outfit St. Paul de Vence, booking at the Triple Door downtown, and shooting the video for her single “Ghosts” in Vantage, WA, Ramsey sinks deep to her roots. Her mentality towards support and contribution to the local community was what gave birth to Bandita, a collection of roots, delta blues, alt-country and honky tonk. The record is filled with marlingesque musical conversations, love, and longing." - KEXP

"A chilling performance complete with wholesome love songs, songs about life’s uncertainties and songs that truly made anyone listening to them feel like they miss someone. Her vocal range during the performance was astounding as she managed to bring her voice up from almost a whisper, to a gripping crescendo of pure emotion and heartfelt feelings." - The Watchdog

"I first heard Lydia Ramsey when the band she plays in, St. Paul de Vence, entered the 2016 Tiny Desk Contest. A few months later, I was at KEXP, our NPR Member station in Seattle, for an event with a performance by that band. One of the many talents in St. Paul de Vence was Lydia Ramsey. Now she has a song on her own, and her voice shines. It's an old voice from a young singer, and this video explores that heritage." - Bob Boilen, NPR Music

"Find a sunny meadow, an old blanket and a crushable human. Then go there, lay next to them and listen to “Dreamy Eyes.” It’s the kind of fully committed love song that glues people together. Country-folk chanteuse Lydia Ramsey recently sprung from Seattle folk-pop group St. Paul de Vence; she’s already touring the world on her beguiling voice and solo debut, Bandita." - City Arts Magazine

"There are times when an artist is entrancing. Lydia Ramsey is one of those artists"

"This album is brilliantly constructed with tons of folk, Americana and southern country influences that meld seamlessly into a storyteller’s musical odyssey"

"Ramsey‘s raw and gritty talent, vocally and instrumentally, permeates the entire body of work and her deftness with an acoustic guitar and banjo are highlights on each track" 

Lemonade Magazine

"Indianola native, Lydia Ramsey’s new album is flat out terrific. It’s loosely themed around her family’s Appalachian and Irish roots, but these songs of loss and love resonant beyond the old country. Lydia’s voice, set against the sparse instrumentation, reminds the listener of Jean Ritchie’s high and roughhewn singing; high, lonesome, comforting. Do this: Play Jean Ritchie’s “Barbara Allen” and then segue into Lydia’s “Ghosts.” It’s a haunting and heady mix of old and new. Much like those dark Appalachian hills of her past, these are songs to get lost in."  – Iaan Hughes, 91.3 KBCS Top 10 Albums of 2017

"The haunting vocals and melodies make this album a must own record." - Equality 365

"Her butterfly-floating voice carries like flower seeds in a comfortable cool breeze." - The Monarch Review


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