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Published on Oct 17, 2010

Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers are a 7-year-old four-piece combo that plays an Americana brimming over with the sounds of Texas honky-tonk, Bakersfield twang, Memphis rockabilly, Western swing and good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll.

After nearly constant touring for the past three years, including 300-plus dates across America and Europe, songs from the band's fourth album, MILES FROM HOME (Dionysus Records, June 2008; produced by Conrad Uno), are still earning steady airplay, including "Cold Pines and Red Dirt," which earned band front woman- lead vocalist and songwriter Ruby Dee- runner-up honors in Songwriter magazine's 2007 competition. The album charted in at #86 on the AMA Top 100 for more than four weeks and #26 on the Texas Third Coast Music FAR Top 40. Video for the band's tune "Round and Round" was released recently to great acclaim for its cameos of Seattle rockabilly musicians and famous musical neighborhoods.

"Blending snarling rockabilly with honky-tonk heartache, Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers have crafted their best recorded set thus far," said Blue Suede News of the album. "The heart of the 13-song set emanates from Dee's original material which combines poetic expressionism and hillbilly sass. Aided by Jorge Harada's top-flight guitar work — which alternates ballroom tenderness with rowdy roadhouse rock — she sounds like a Texas dance hall chanteuse visiting us from another era."

With a reputation for high-energy shows that precedes them, Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers deliver to capacity crowds in clubs, festivals and county fairs, starting in the Pacific Northwest, where right off the bat, they were voted Best Band in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer People's Picks 2005 & Best Signed Band in the People's Picks 2006. The band's first full-length CD, the Uno-produced NORTH OF BAKERSFIELD, earned huge airplay in the United States, Europe and Australia, and charted repeatedly on the European Americana list.

The music has gotten a hold on audiences near and far: a combination of Ruby's singing and songwriting, wrought from her childhood spent between the no-longer-wild foothills of Northern California and the long straight roads around Big Spring, Texas; her time escaping to South America, driving a truck, working Alaskan fishing boats and more ... And of course, guitarist Jorge Harada is no small potatoes either, having sweated all over his Gretch guitar in rockabilly giants DRAGSTRIP 77.

Since moving to Austin, the city's music scene is a-buzz over the band's arrival. Currently providing the rock-solid honky-tonk groove backing Ruby and Jorge are Jordan Teitelbaum (previously of Horse Opera) on drums and various talented folks on bass. Together, they just returned from the band's third and most successful European tour ever, playing 25 shows in 20 days for avid fans in Belgium and The Netherlands. Then they turned right around to play the Festival de Country Music in Mirande, France.
On the horizon is another full-blown European tour set for April 2010, as well as another US tour across the south and west coast. Meanwhile, the band is busy working on new songs for their next CD.

"Risky — and perhaps just a bit risqué — Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers conjure forth all sorts of visions of another time," said Metro Santa Cruz after a California show. "Rooted firmly in the classic country and rockabilly tradition, the band is an authentic backdrop for lead singer Ruby Dee's blend of Wanda Jackson sass and Patsy Cline pathos. The band holds it down with the insistence of a chugging train while Dee, a pinup heartbreaker of yesteryear with thoroughly modern attitude, commands the stage."

Media Contact: McGuckin Entertainment PR
Jill McGuckin, 512.217.9404; jill@mcguckinpr.com
Heidi Labensart, 512.478.0578; heidi@mcguckinpr.com



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