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"Ruby James Lets it Rip"

“Her voice melts you and revs you, all at the same time—it's like Chrissie Hynde, Joan Jett, and Annie Lenox rolled into one.” - Skirt Magazine

"New Talent"

“Ruby James has a rich voice that stands out beyond the catchy beat of her music.” - Goose Creek Gazette

"ABC Low Country Live"

Charleston, South Carolina's ABC Channel 4, Low Country Live's host, Justin Lock said, "With the soulful styling of Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow and Chrissy Hynde, Ruby James is blazing trails across the nation."? - ABC Channel 4

"Creative Loafing"

Atlanta Creative Loafing Magazine:

Yes, it's Monday, but drag your ass outta the house and up the stairs tonight and you'll be rewarded. Ruby James, the South-Carolina-by-way-of-California-and-Florida singer/songwriter, is a fascinating new presence on the rock scene. Eschewing the usual histrionics, James makes her point with a direct, relaxed and confident stance, surrounded by seasoned players. She's currently completing a new CD in Austin featuring guitarist Charlie Sexton. Check her out.
- Atlanta

" Tampa Creative Loafing Magazine:"

A rich, deep, sultry voice is never a bad thing for a woman to possess -- and Ruby James knows how to work hers. This redheaded Orlando gal relocated to Los Angeles to launch a career as a solo artist. Her Sweet as Sin EP is an inviting debut disc that operates in radio-friendly Sheryl Crow mode.
- Creative Loafing

"Ruby James is rocking the road with art heart and soul on her amazing journey"

The roads of life—specifically those routes traveled by the unfortunate who feel called as touring musicians—are littered with the immaculate road kill of those who weren't prepared for the realities of living on the road.

Many are the touring musician who has been legally bound to people who had nothing more in mind than the next hit song…the next big sound…the rumbling applause of stadiums full of people who loved and adored their American idols along with all of the fortune they brought until the next big thing came along. The wheels of the big machine leave them splattered across the memorial stretch of one-hit-wonder-land and their brief flash in the pan is quieted by the rolling of rubber.

For every hundred or so budding VH-1 "I love the (fill in decade)" guests-in-training littering the musical landscape on the road to fame there are the lucky few who learn to keep their eyes on the road ahead of them. They remain firmly entrenched behind the wheel of their lives and their careers with hands firmly placed at 3 and 9 o'clock. The radio is blasting, the windows are rolled down and their foot is at the pedal always moving on down the road.

Touring musician Ruby James once almost found herself soaking up some sun on the pavement but managed to pull out of the spin before it was too late. James—the granddaughter of a man who as a child lived in the back of a wagon traveling from place to place "Grapes of Wrath" style—was fortunate enough to be able to listen to her heart and the legacy of the road that she inherited form her grandfather and now the powerfully moving vocals and soulful, sweet-as-sin presence of the fiery-haired South Carolina via California native have made their way to the hearts and minds of hundreds of people around the country. From stages as intimate as The Continental in Austin or The Viper Room in L.A. to larger concert venues like Hard Rock Live, James is rock diva personified. She's captivating audiences and capturing new fans on every stage she hits. Sharing stages with bands such as Soul Asylum, 7Mary3, War and Fastball while also headlining her own shows and the numbers keep mounting.

She is currently working on her first full length record in Austin, Texas with Austin legends Charlie and brother Will Sexton. Not only producing, but playing on the sessions, Charlie and Will bring their legendary, classic sound to James' fresh and innovative talent. The band features well-known percussionist Sam Aliano on drums, string virtuoso Rene Reyes on Guitars and The Incredible Taki on Bass. Ruby James will lend her breathtaking voice and talent to benefit MusiCares in Nashville at The Rutledge on June 13. MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. Their services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies ( Doors open at Tickets are $5 and $8 for those under 21. Recently, Ruby James spoke to O&AN in an exclusive phone interview about her potholes on the road of living as a traveling musician and how she learned to avoid them and become the amazing performer that she is now. For more information on Ruby James and to listen to exclusive samples of her music please visit

I've heard a lot about your grandfather. You credit him with most of your inspiration to pursue a career as a musician. Tell me more about him.

My Grandpa is my hero. He just turned 80 and he's still a badass. He grew up moving around in a tarp covered wagon during the Great Depression and they were so poor they would move between mining sites that his father would get jobs on. When he was 13 he had to live in a cave. His parents sent him into town so that he could go to school and every week they would come up and bring him a pot of beans that he could eat for a week. He's one of the last 13 survivors of Iwo Jima from World War II and there is a picture of him on the cover of an old Life magazine peeping up over a foxhole. He's probably the deepest, most incredible person I've ever known and he was the one who taught me everything I know that I learned early in life about music. He would sing me old Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings songs and the there were songs like "Red River Valley" that I had never even heard before.

With so many different opportunities to gain exposure out there why do you feel so drawn to touring?

My whole life is the road. For me the journey is more important than the destination. That may sound cliché but when I learned that lesson it seemed like my world just became flooded with all of these great things. If I can be on the road and do what I do then I'm content. I think there's something deep within me that's challenged by always being uncomfortable, unsettled and off balance because I'm always in a different place. I'm weird that way. Here and now the road is my home and I can't imagine it being any different for any reason. I don't want to ever become so big that I'd have to sell my soul to anyone. I just want to do what I'm doing with the people around me that I trust and love and I wouldn't have it any different at all.

You have some legendary talent backing you up on your upcoming release. Tell me about working with Charlie & Will Sexton.

The stars really seem to be aligning for me because everything is really starting to come together. I feel honored and blessed that everything came together the way it did for the album I'm working on in Austin. Charlie Sexton will be playing drums on the album, which I believe is the first time he has ever played drums on a record and his brother Will Sexton is producing the album and he is also playing bass and doing a few of the guitar tracks as well.

Before you were in a place where you were able to make this record you had a number of personal setbacks that made your chosen profession a much more difficult journey for you. What change did you find was needed for you to get back on the road and doing what you do best?

I've had a lot of things pushed on me. There always seemed to be someone who wanted to try and turn me into the next pop princess. One day I looked in the mirror and I didn't recognize the person I had become. I don't have to be Madonna because there's already a Madonna. I just wan to be Ruby. Ruby is who I am. I've learned that people will let you down a lot but I try to let that go and keep moving forward. - Out and About Magazine/F. Daniel Kent


Happy Now - Release Date 2010
Desert Rose -_ Released 2008
Sweet As Sin EP- Released 2006
Loaded- Released 2003

Sweet As Sin- 98.9 WMMO Orlando
Sweet As Sin- 105.5 The Bridge Charleston
Passengers- 105.5 The Bridge Charleston
Famous Song-105.5 The Bridge Charleston
Sweet As Sin- COC Radio Charleston
Sweet As Sin- Murphy's Saloon Podcast
Sweet As Sin-Dixie Boys Radio
Another Day-Dixie Boys Radio
Sweet As Sin- Big Break Podcast
Sweet As Sin- Blast 138.6 Reading, UK
Famous Song- WMMO, Orlando
Sweet As Sin- 90.1 FM, KPFT Radio, Houston
Sweet As Sin- WNRC 97.5, Dudley, MA
Sweet As Sin - KNON, Dallas Texas
Oh Mama - WMMO, Orlando



Ruby James – Happy Now

“I got a woman way across town - she’s good to me, oh yeah.”

Ruby James is all woman, of that there is no doubt. Her new album Happy Now is a contextual exploration of the loving and losing of men and women; the very elusiveness of that ideal of being “good to me - oh yeah.” The sentiments contained within rarely result in the proverbial happy ending, as is true of life.

Happy Now is the follow up to Ruby’s 2008 Desert Rose CD, a song from which found its way onto the soundtrack for the film The Women, co-produced by Mick Jagger featuring actress Meg Ryan. This new CD sizzles with the ‘gasping for oxygen’ that heartbreak brings. Its heat comes off the pavement in mirage waves of scorching summertime.

Ruby recalls, “It was June 2006 and I was living alone in a dingy apartment in Hollywood, totally depressed, when I met my good friend Matt McCormack.” Matt was to be the conduit for this project taking shape, offering a bridge to a well respected group of musicians. Will Sexton did the pre-production, providing the tone and the texture.

The original Austin sessions yielded smolder and flame although the project has taken three years to complete. The initial set up was in Charlie’s house where they recorded eleven songs over three days; with Charlie on vintage drum kit, Mike Thompson playing a tiny standup piano and Will Sexton with a Paul McCartney-esque bass. Ruby was perched on a stool in the kitchen, Charlie having lent her his jumbo bad-ass cherry red Gibson acoustic. Ruby continues, “I still had no idea just how special this moment was until people started telling me the history of these two brothers. This project was a reunion, bringing them closer together; it was also the first time the Sexton boys played as a rhythm section.” Another session yielded three more songs, and subsequently Ruby did some touring, occasionally revisiting Austin to continue to work on the project. Meanwhile, Will, the original producer, relayed that Charlie had been working on it alone. Ultimately the production reins were passed, Happy Now growing into an organic collaboration between Charlie and Ruby.

Upon returning to Austin to finish Happy Now, it was with peace, feeling at home in a space that was safe and nurturing with people who were, as she says, “Bringing out the best of who I am as an artist and who I could be.”

Ruby James sits comfortably in between darkness and light. With Happy Now, James is poised to take her place as a classic American singer songwriter.