Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers ready soph CD
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
– Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers, the rockabilly/honky tonk country act from Seattle, are readying the release of their second full-length recording, "Miles From Home," on Dionysus Records, on June 24. The band also is launching a tour in June.
The disc was produced by Seattle music mainstay Conrad Uno and Snakehandlers guitarist Jorge Harada and recorded in Seattle. The group consists of lead singer and chief songwriter Ruby Dee Philippa, Harada (electric, acoustic guitars), Sean Hudson (bass), Kipp Crawford (drums) and Bob Knetzger (pedal steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, Dobro).
Upcoming Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers shows include:
May 27, The Tractor Tavern, Seattle (Waylon Jennings Tribute Night)
July 10, Burien, Wash. (Burien City Concert Series)
July 11, Highway 99 Blues Club Seattle (CD release show with The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash)
July 12 Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, Wash. (CD release show with The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash)
July 13, Dante's, Portland, Ore. (CD release show with The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash)
July 17, Mountain Home Arts Center, Mountain Home, Idaho
July 18, Salmon City Council Salmon, Idaho
July 19, Miner's Jubilee, Baker City, Ore.
Aug. 28, Eagle Arts Municipal Event, Eagle, Idaho
Aug. 29, The First National, Pocatello, Idaho
Aug. 30, The Roxy Theatre, Cascade, Idaho
Sept. 17-19, Americana Music Association Conference, Nashville
Sept. 20, The Five Spot, Nashville (w/ Hillbilly Casino)
Sept. 26, The Continental Club, Austin (w/ Dale Watson)
Sept. 27, Riley's Tavern, Hunter, Texas (w/ Lil Bit & the Customatics)
Sept. 29, Sam's Burger Joint, San Antonio (CD RELEASE SHOW)
Oct. 4, The Puka Bar, Long Beach, Calif.
Oct. 5, Sam's Safari, Los Angeles
Oct. 6, Muddy Waters, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Oct. 8, Don Quixote's, Santa Cruz, Calif.
Oct. 9, The Boathouse, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Oct. 10, Old Ironsides, Sacramento, Calif.
Oct. 11, The Knockout, San Francisco
CD reviews for Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers
Miles From Home
The personality-filled country & western voice of Ruby Dee Philippa, complete with a catch that can weaken even the sturdiest knee, sounds like it's been well-seasoned over the years. If you swallow Philippa's lyrics, that weathering's come courtesy of many tough miles littered with fractured romances and Romeo brush-offs and the resulting scarred hearts and bruised egos. And if you believe the music - it's hard not to - those miles stretch from Bakersfield and Austin to »»»
North of Bakersfield
The first song and single from the debut of Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers is "Who Is She?" It's a jealous woman's inquiries into a no-good lover's activities, and it jump starts the CD with a Bakersfield-wrestles-rockabilly sound. This recording suggests that the quintet must kick ass on stage.
But the slower songs are also a treat because they highlight the vocal harmonies. Ruby Dee handles the lead vocals with confidence, as well she should since she wrote the clever lyrics. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk
When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers
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Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience
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