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It’s Official!

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It’s been announced over this past week: we will be playing both Greazefests in Melbourne and Brisbane this coming August 7th and 14th! We look forward to seeing ALL our friends from down under- let’s have a party!!

We’ll also be playing the Memphis International Rockabilly Festival in October along with Ray Campi, Mack Stevens, Rip Masters, Jimmie Lee Maslon, Rosie Flores and the first ever reunion of the original recipe Dragstrip 77 y’all!! Details to be announced soon about all these events :-)

In other news, we have been having discussions with Bloodshot Records about signing on to their label, but the upshot of it is that we are too rockabilly!! Which is so funny, because to so many, we are not rockabilly but rather roots and rock n roll… wait a minute, isn’t that rockabilly?! Either way, looks like the field has narrowed down to one label, we’ll be able to tell you soon who that is :-)

And last of all, we really are excited about the new album- the new songs and our out-of-the-ashes energy behind it all. We really look forward to seeing all our friends at a show sometime soon so we can play the new songs for you and have some fun!

Meanwhile, I’m going to go nurse my broken rib and get well enough to sing right for y’all :-)

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Moving On to Something New…

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I spoke too soon when I wrote last week that we were done with our crazy month- this past week, we hosted our pals Crystal Dawn and Johnny Trash from Runnin’ Wild at Casa de Snakehandlers, including putting together and having the gents back them up on 4 shows around the area: Saturday at Hole In The Wall, Sunday at the Mix in San Antonio, Tuesday at the Continental Club, and Wednesday at Ginny’s Little Longhorn. Whew!

Plus one more rehearsal with my hero of the month, our new drummer Mike Smith, who was thrown into the mix earlier than we thought- he already played Wednesday at Ginny’s and did a stellar job! So now, moving on to something new…

Tonight we play at Floore’s Country Store, one of my favorite rooms to play in this part of Texas- real old school honky tonk that encourages you to rumble 😉 and tomorrow we’ll be at the Moontower Saloon back here in Austin- all showcasing the solid talents of Mr. Mike Smith on drums, y’all. Please stop by and give him a warm welcome to the band!!

Next, we’re playing shows here and there over the next few months, but I’m also working hard on our Australian tour with our promoter there, Tom Bowler, set for July and August, as well as putting the finishing touches together for our tour in Europe in September and October! Just need a few shows in Belgium at the end of September, if anyone can throw some suggestions our way :-)

And I’m excited to say- we’re down to the final mixes TODAY at Ameripolitan Studios on LITTLE BLACK HEART. I am so psyched for y’all to hear this album :-)

Please come out to see the band at one of our upcoming shows, listed on our website, and let us know where you’d like us to come play near you the 2nd half of 2016! Hasta la vista, RDSH

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Winding Up This Crazy Busy Month!

Whew! We’ve been going non-stop for the past month, and finally we can see the light at the end of that hard working tunnel… we finished a month of amazing recording sessions at Ameripolitan Studios with Cris Burns (Asleep at the Wheel) at the helm and Ruby and Jorge co-producing for the first time ever. Guest artists on various songs include Tony Rogers on cello, James Anderson on violin, Jim Trimmier on sax, Dave Leroi Biller on laptop steel, and the inimitable Earl Poole Ball on piano (yes, Johnny Cash’s piano player!). We are really looking forward to sharing this album with y’all.

Now we’re shopping the record around to a handful of top notch record companies- folks we’ve been talking with over the past year about the release- so now they’re listening to the songs and will decide if they want to pick us up and release the record. Cross your fingers!

Meanwhile, this week, we spent many hours in the studio mixing the album, as well as starting to rehearse with our new drummer Mike Smith y’all! And putting more work into the two tours we’ll be doing later this year: Australia in July and August, and Europe in September and October. AND playing a bunch of shows for the Lonestar Roundup here in Austin. Love seeing all our old friends come out of the woodwork for these shows!

So, come on out to a Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers show to see and hear what we’re up to these days- to all our dancer friends out there- We think you’ll be very happy with the new songs :-) we look forward to seeing your smiling faces soon!

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