Ramiro Burr is an experienced syndicated columnist and arts and entertainment reporter covering rock/pop/country/Latin music. He is also an author, a Billboard correspondent and whose freelance publishing credits include Pulse, Rhythm Music, Cashbox and New Country Music magazines, as well as the Houston Chronicle and Austin Chronicle newspapers.
Burr's new music book, The Billboard Guide to Tejano and regional Mexican Music, by Billboard Books, (ISBN: 0823076911 ) is the genre's first-ever sourcebook. Burr was also a contributor for World Music: The Rough Guide, by the London-based Rough Guides and the Hispanic Almanac, on Visible Ink Press.
Since 1986, Burr has specialized in Spanish-language music, a growing field rarely covered by the mainstream press. Burr's weekly music column, syndicated as "Ramiro Burr's Latin Music," has appeared in the Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Austin-American Statesman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Laredo Morning Times.
A nationally recognized music authority, Burr is a regular panelist at major conferences presented by Grammy in the Streets, South by Southwest, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and industry trade groups. Burr is also an articulate and critical analyst interviewed often by American national publications and network news shows including NPR's "Talk of the Nation," ABC News Radio, ABC's "Primetime Live" and PBS' "Newshour with Jim Lehrer" and internationally by the BBC's World Service, Mexico's Notimex and Spain's EFE wire service.
Through his experience, Burr has become a professional speaker whose insight and analysis of music, journalism, culture and the arts has been sought by colleges and civic groups such as Texas, DePaul, St. Mary's and Rice universities and LULAC. His provocative talks on the urgency of literacy, the importance of the arts, the purpose of music, the politics of modern journalism and the decay of American pop culture, offer incisive, sometimes hard-hitting, but always amusing perspectives that mix philosophical questions with universal truths.
His reputation as a no-nonsense, straight-shooting reporter has won both friends and critics. In March 2008, Ramiro Burr received a Philip True Award from the San Antonio Express-News for "Online Impact." Burr's popular Latin Notes Now Blogs received 750,000 hits in 2007, more than any other Express-News/Mysa.com blog including the SA Spurs, Dallas Cowboys, traffic and weather blogs.In April 2008, the LNN blog scored No.1 again with a record 191,000-plus hits- twice over the next blog. Mysa.com is San Antonio's largest Web site, today registering over one million hits a month. In 1993, the tough alternative weekly San Antonio Current named him "Best Music Reporter." Burr has also written for the Associated Press, United Press International and Hispanic Link, Mexico City's El Nacional and La Jornada and Los Angeles' La Opinionand Novedades
A native of Laredo, Texas, Burr received a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 1977. Before working at the SA Express-News from 1993-2008, Burr worked for the San Antonio Light and the Laredo Morning Times
Contact: (210) 822-6089