RUBY DEE And The SNAKEHANDLERS
LITTLE BLACK HEART
Catty Town Records
3 hats out of 5
Our rockabilly friends from Austin, Ruby Dee and her Snakehandlers are back with a new album. This is the same swinging mix of rockabilly, honky tonk, Bakersfield twang and country and sometimes a bit of swing. We get a total of thirteen songs, where all but the cover of Jack Scott’s “The Way I Walk” has been written by Ruby Dee. It’s a big deal since Ruby Dee was in a traffic accident back in 2008 and damaged her brain – especially the part that controls the language. So she couldn’t remember words nor speak full sentences. Do write down music and lyrics was impossible. It’s therefore nice to see that she’s worked her way through this and managed to create twelve new songs for us to listen to here.
The starting “Not for Long” is actually about events that happened to Ruby Dee after her gig at the Söderslätt festival last year. “All Knocked Up” is a nice swinging rockabilly tune. Other songs that I like include “The Way I Walk” that they do a great cover of, “Camille” the western influenced “Put You Down” and the little retro popish “I See Green”. Ruby Dee has been kind enough to give us a couple of signed copies of her album for the CD lottery for this year for the ones who renew their membership before the end of the year. In case that you don’t win it you can buy it at Ruby Dee’s website www.rubydeemusic.com A good album for those that want some danceable rockabilly in their stereo.
Read the Full Interview Here (in Swedish!)
– Marcus Thell
SCC-NYTT Magazine Smålands, Sweden
RUBY DEE AND THE SNAKEHANDLERS Little Black Heart
(Catty Town Records) 2016