I’ve been working on a film out here in hot, CRAZY hot Big Spring Texas for the past few weeks. While it’s been fun, I’m really looking forward to heading home Friday for a run up to Hutto where we’re going to play a fun rockin’ family event at the Hutto Gin Friday June 23!
And I get to hang out with my hubby-hub and kitty later that night. So come out to Hutto and shout with us!! Trust me, it won’t be NEARLY as hot as it’s been out here in West Texas y’all…
Austin, Texas, singer Ruby Dee has been leading The Snakehandlers for around fourteen years, but she had to overcome massive difficulties to make this album. Following an accident in 2008, she suffered traumatic brain injury and she has basically had to learn to speak again, eventually regaining the ability to write songs again, though not with the ease she possessed before the accident.
There is no need for a sympathetic approach though, this album most certainly stands on its own merits. It is a joyous collection of mostly rocking tunes – blues, rockabilly and Americana – sung by a very sassy sounding Ruby accompanied by a tight band that includes Jorge Harada’s wonderful guitar work. Expect to find the driving vintage rhythm and blues sound of the opening Not For Long, straight-up rockabilly, as on Mean Mean Woman and When I Steal, a country tinge to the title track provided by Dave Leroy Biller’s atmospheric steel guitar playing, Camille is a rock-a-ballad with a wonderful smoky and vulnerable vocal by Ruby and Can You Spare A Match is a jumping swing-blues with strong affinities to classic era Louis Jordan. Listen too to the doghouse bass playing of Dylan Cavaliere on the aforementioned Can You Spare A Match? and the slightly risqué Pretty Little Kitty.
All songs are originals with the exception of rockabilly Jack Scott’s The Way I Walk, which contains definite echoes of The Stray Cats in this version. If you like your music rocking, rootsy, sexy, exciting, and incredibly infectious, then this is the set for you.
– Alan Pearce
Blues Matters! UK Issue 97 Review July 2017
RUBY DEE AND THE SNAKEHANDLERS Little Black Heart
(Catty Town Records) 2016
We are having such a great time playing for some of the most generous and kind folks anywhere across Colorado and New Mexico 🙂 Tonight we play the awesome Taos Inn- a classic little classy hotel with amazing restaurant and cool bar in the heart of old town Taos- then tomorrow we have to say farewell to Taos and head over to Albuquerque to play Burt’s Tiki Lounge all night long, Friday over to Madrid to play the Mineshaft to all that cool craziness out there, and we end the tour at the Route 66 Rockabilly Festival in Tucumcari on Saturday- we play the car show beer garden at 4:30pm so make sure you stop by and shout with us!!
Looking forward to seeing all your smiling faces sometime soon, RDSH