On David Ramirez's 2015 album, Fables, the Houston-bred songwriter confronts his tendency to present false versions of himself. "I fed you fables and fooled you with words from my tongue / Trying to make you think I was a better man than I was," he sings on "Harder to Lie."

On David Ramirez's 2015 album, Fables, the Houston-bred songwriter confronts his tendency to present false versions of himself.

"I fed you fables and fooled you with words from my tongue / Trying to make you think I was a better man than I was," he sings on "Harder to Lie."

That emotional honesty is a through-line in Ramirez's Americana, which recalls contemporaries like John Fullbright, Robert Ellis and Field Report. Also, Ramirez is calling this stretch of dates the Bootleg Tour, as each stop becomes its own live album. Buy a ticket, get a download. (Safe bet)