“…a whip-smart mix of Stray Cats-fed rockabilly and Blasters-inspired alt-country with a nod towards Cash and Cline.”

Austin Chronicle

About Ruby Dee And The Snakehandlers

The eighteen-year-old four-piece combo  led by award winning vocalist/songwriter Ruby Dee Philippa and guitarist Jorge Harada, plays an Americana that encompasses Northwest alt-country, Texas honky-tonk, Bakersfield twang, Memphis rockabilly, Western swing and good old-fashioned rock’n’roll. With a reputation for high energy shows preceding them, Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers deliver to capacity crowds in clubs, festivals and events. To date, Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers have released six commercially successful albums and EPs, and performed over 1200 dates, including major festivals in North America, Europe, and Australia. In addition to Ruby Dee’s already impressive credentials, Jorge Harada is also a Gretsch Guitars endorsee since 2016. The ensemble is complemented by ace Austin musicians Rick Watson on upright and electric bass, and Michael Bahan on drums.

Awards and Chart Positions

Songwriter Magazine – 2007 Runner Up Honors
Americana Music Association-# 26 AMA Top 100 “Miles From Home”
Americana Music Association-#103 AMA Top 100 “Rockabilly Playground”
Americana Music Association #83 AMA Top 100 “Little Black Heart”
Roots Music Report  Debut at #2 Rockabilly Recording “Little Black Heart”
Texas Third Coast Music Chart – FAR Top 40 #26 “Miles From Home”
Texas Third Coast Music Chart – FAR Top 40 #15 “Rockabilly Playground”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer People’s Picks Best Unsigned Band 2005
Seattle Post-Intelligencer People’s Picks Best Signed Band 2006
Grammy Primary Ballot 54th Grammy Awards “Live From Austin TX”
Grammy Primary Ballot 56th Grammy Awards “Rockabilly Playground”
Grammy Primary Ballot -59th Grammy Awards “Little Black Heart”
Vintage Guitar, Jan 2017, First Fret: Jorge Harada

“Blending snarling rockabilly with honky tonk heartache, Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers have crafted their best recorded set thus far. The heart of the 13-song set emanates from Dee’s original material which combines poetic expressionism and hillbilly sass”

Ken Burke, Blue Suede News #84 (Nov 12, 2008)


“Not For Long” filmed and edited by Jorge Harada


“Little Black Heart” from LITTLE BLACK HEART (North Of Bakersfield Music, ASCAP)

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