Ruby Dee And The Snakehandlers Charm New CD Out Of The Basket

posted May 21, 2008

Ruby Dee And The Snakehandlers Charm New CD Out Of The Basket

Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers, the rockabilly wonders of the Northwest who will move to Austin this year, are ready for the release of their second full-length recording, Miles From Home on Dionysus Records, on Tuesday, June 24.

The alt-country combo whose sound encompasses the best of honky-tonk, rockabilly and classic jukebox rock 'n' roll in original songs that cover joy (and joyful musical abandon) to what No Depression calls "late-night lonesome," will play a series of release shows this summer in the Northwest -- including three special shows with The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash in July -- and tour the rest of the country this fall to support the release.

Says, "... Ruby Dee's voice and instrumentals are as perfect of a fit for this distinct genre as pompadour hair-dos and creepers. ... Really, it's good old rock n' roll tunage for that classic western lifestyle with a little boogie in it to boot."

That said, Miles From Home -- produced by Conrad Uno and Snakehandlers guitarist Jorge Harada and recorded at Seattle's Egg Studios -- is less a melding of musical genres than expression of all facets of alt-country by band members: front woman and chief songwriter Ruby Dee Philippa (lead and harmony vocals), Harada (electric, acoustic guitars), Sean Hudson (bass), Kipp Crawford (drums) and Bob Knetzger (pedal steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, Dobro).

"Sure, these Seattle honky-tonkers are cutting a familiar path, one paved in hardwood slick with beer and littered with broken hearts, but with such a swell bunch of songs, that's not a problem," said No Depression's review. "[It] ... mines country and rock's past glories with swagger and skill. Ruby Dee's ... energy and instincts can't be denied. She's at her toughest on 'Don't Need a Man,' a blaster featuring guitarist Jorge Harada. She's also adept at late-night lonesome fare ('Round and Round,' 'Cry All Over Me') and mid-tempo, narrative-based songs ('Cold Pines and Red Dirt'). ... Harada's cool instrumental 'Gunfighter (Return of Nobody)' is a winner. Miles From Home is affectionate of history but far from a museum piece ..."

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 w/ The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash)
July 12 Wild Buffalo, Bellingham, Wash. (CD RELEASE SHOW w/ The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash)
July 13, Dante's, Portland, Ore. (CD RELEASE SHOW w/ The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash)
July 17, Mountain Home Arts Center, Mountain Home, Idaho
July 18, Salmon City Council Salmon, Idaho
July19, Miner's Jubilee, Baker City, Ore.
August 28, Eagle Arts Municipal Event, Eagle, Idaho
August 29, The First National, Pocatello, Idaho
August 30, The Roxy Theatre, Cascade, Idaho
September 17-19, Americana Music Association Conference, Nashville
September 20, The Five Spot, Nashville (w/ Hillbilly Casino)
September 26, The Continental Club, Austin (w/ Dale Watson)
September 27, Riley's Tavern, Hunter, Texas (w/ Lil Bit & the Customatics)
September 29, Sam's Burger Joint, San Antonio (CD RELEASE SHOW)
October 4, The Puka Bar, Long Beach, Calif.
October 5, Sam's Safari, Los Angeles
October 6, Muddy Waters, Santa Barbara, Calif.
October 8, Don Quixote's, Santa Cruz, Calif.
October 9, The Boathouse, South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
October 10, Old Ironsides, Sacramento, Calif.
October 11, The Knockout, San Francisco