Ruby James Sets Release for Charlie Sexton Produced CD
How did this Los Angeles native find herself working with Austin music royalty? Ruby James still asks that question. Happy Now is a veritable triumph for a girl who had, just prior, found herself living in a deep artistic depression. Ruby James' life would turn upside down in a virtual instant when she ventured off to Texas at the suggestion of a new friend, Matt MacCormack. Upon hearing Ruby's music, Matt insisted that she would find her true place within the musical landscape of Austin. Mesmerized by what she found there and the people she came to meet, Ruby was introduced to an impressive collective of artists who would generously take her in amongst them, foster her instinctual talent and help her make the record that is Happy Now.
It was a long road to be certain, but with each leg of the journey Ruby would find more strength along the way through the consistent support and efforts of those who came to surround her. As a way for Ruby to give back and since February is the month of LOVE (and Ruby's favorite month), she wanted to give her fans a FREE DOWNLOAD of the entire album Happy Now with every purchase of her new t-shirt thru the end of February! Visit Ruby's website store at www.rubyjames.com to purchase t-shirt with free download.
Happy Now is the follow up to Ruby's 2008 debut album Desert Rose. Her song "Everything Good Goes Away" was featured on the soundtrack for the film The Women, co-produced by Mick Jagger and starring actress Meg Ryan.
Surrounding the release of Happy Now, Ruby James can be seen touring in and around Austin with a weekly residency at Maria's Taco Xpress every Thursday night featuring a rotating roster of guest artists that has included Jake LaBotz and Matt McCormack. Upcoming in the queue are Randy Weeks, Suzanna Choffel, Steven Collins from Deadman, Aaron Beavers from Shurman and Jesse Dayton amongst many other surprise names to be announced. Familiar faces in the audience have recently included Raul Malo, Charlie & Will Sexton, Ray Bonneville, The Trishas, Randy Weeks, and members of the band Stonehoney. Ruby will also play the Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis in February, several SXSW dates in March, a New Orleans residency in April, Songfest in June along with many more dates to be announced shortly.
For further information, live footage, and all things Ruby James, please check out www.rubyjames.com and www.myspace.com/rubyjames.
Feb 11 Maria's Taco Xpress Austin, TX
Feb 15 Will Sexton Benefit at Antone's Austin, TX
Feb 17 Folk Alliance @ 12 pm Memphis, TN
Feb 18 Folk Alliance @ 12 pm Memphis, TN
Feb 19 Folk Alliance @11 pm Memphis, TN
*Wine and Nut Showcase Rm 1910
Feb 20 Folk Alliance @ 12 pm Memphis, TN
Feb 25 Ruby's Birthday Party at Maria's Austin, TX
*Featuring the Rock Bottom Choir
Feb 27 The Parish w/ Austin Collins Austin, TX
Mar 4 Maria's Taco Xpress Austin, TX
Mar 11 Maria's Taco Xpress Austin, TX
*Featuring Suzanna Choffel
Mar 16 GypsySun Grand Opening Party Austin, TX
Mar 17 SXSW-Freebirds Stage @ St. Vincent de Paul Austin, TX
Mar 18 SXSW- Maria's Taco Xpress Austin, TX
* Ruby hosts the "Ruby Stardust Lounge" featuring Jim Lauderdale, Tom Freund, Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers, and more TBA
Mar 19 Sin City Social Club Party at Maria's Austin, TX
Mar 20 SXSW-TBA Austin, TX
Mar 30 "Happy Now" Album Release Street Date Everywhere
Apr 14 Royal St. Deli New Orleans, LA
Apr 15 Royal St. Deli New Orleans, LA
Apr 27 Royal St. Deli New Orleans, LA
Apr 28 Royal St. Deli New Orleans, LA
May 21 Private House Concert San Jose, CA
Jun 6-9 Construction Zone-Writers Workshop Sturgeon Bay, WI
Jun10-13 Steel Bridge Songfest w/ Jackson Browne Sturgeon Bay, WI
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