Ruby Lovett

Ruby Lovett

 
SoloCountrySinger/Songwriter

Country/Bluegrass Singer/Songwriter

Biography

About Ruby

Ruby Lovett is pure country. She is heir to a tradition of women with drawls and

Ruby's old spring house

.spunk, women who, truth be told, built and nurtured country music from its beginnings through early Reba. She is funny, unaffected, and unabashedly traditional in outlook, and the combination makes both her singing and her presence extraordinarily appealing. The fact that such appeal is tied to a beautifully one-of-a-kind voice is all the better.

Her music is as real as she is, full of honest emotion and real-life situations/ sung with unaffected grace and power. To hear her sing is to witness the flowering of a life and musical approach that began with a childhood in Laurel, Mississippi.

"I was raised poor," she says, "but we always managed to have enough to get by on. We were just honest and plainspoken people. If I've got something on my
mind or my heart I usually say it, either in words or in song."

Her teenaged mother gave her up up at seven days old, so Ruby was adopted by an older couple. Her roots are in Southern gospel, which she began singing in church as a young girl. An early supporter who frequented the oft-held, churchhosted, all-day "gospel singin's" with dinner on the grounds, would give her a dollar after each performance. One day when she broke open the piggy bank in which she saved the money, she found she had amassed $56. She went out and bought a real pig.

At 13, she formed a country band and performed on a stage her parents had built in a building where they used to operate a general store. They had quickly come to share her dream of making a life out of music.

As a teenager, she played nearly every weekend at fiddlers', bluegrass and gospel conventions, and it was there that she found her heroes and heroines--men and women playing from the heart for the love of the music. Meanwhile, she followed popular country music and found herself drawn to the rough-edged males whose honesty made their music compelling--Merle Haggard, George ]ones, and Waylon ]ennings--as well as self-contained, pure country queens Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton.

After a performance at the Jimmie Rodgers festival in Meridian, MS, she gave a tape to a Nashville song plugger impressed by her performance. With his encouragement, she began commuting to Nashville to write, record, and play gigs that sometimes saw her sharing the bill with the likes of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe. Her demos attracted major label interest, and she released a critically well-received album produced by Garth Brooks producer Allen Reynolds and anchored by "Look What Love Can Do," a self-penned song based on her experience as an adopted child.

Ruby's many fans have included Brooks himself.

"For the people that say 'country' is what's missing from today's country music," Brooks has said, "find Ruby Lovett."

 

Ruby and her beloved dog, Sally

She can count any number of reviewers and journalists among her admirers as well, but her first two fans, her late parents, continue to offer her prime inspiration. "I wish they could be here," she says. "They worked so hard to help me pursue my dream. They wanted it as much as I did. That drives me to continue playing, and writing and singing my music. I do it because I feel a deep love for
music, but I do it to honor them as well."

The music she is making now is as honest and unaffected as she is. The drawl, the attitude, and the outlook all tie her directly and refreshingly to her roots and to her soul.

"The music I make is real country music," she says. "It's pure and unpolished. It's the country music that I love, and I believe there's an appetite for it."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Lyrics

Paper Thin

Written By: Ruby Lovett,Elizabeth Marlowe

Verse: Sarah works at the dollar store downtown
It ain't much but it's somewhere to go
Stocking the shelves and sweeping the aisles
Keeps her safe from that man who's at home
She looks out the window and imagines that road
Leads someplace just out of his reach
Every night she clocks out, swears she'll follow it south
Someday, someday, someday

Chorus: Fear is a mile high and a mile wide, but it's Paper Thin
All you have to do is walk through
Cause its Paper Thin, Paper Thin

Verse: Bobby Lees parked on the side of the highway
Staring at the city limit sign
He knows that it's wrong to leave but he can't stay
He's struggling to make up his mind
18 is too young to be having a son
With so much of his life still ahead
Oh but he loves that girl, swears he'll come back to her
Someday, someday, someday

Repeat Chorus

Bridge: Frozen in place, feels like you can't move
While the life you could have is stolen from you
Take it back, take it back

Repeat Chorus