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Five for the Road

by Ruby Dee & the Snake Handlers

Honeyfied Honky Tonk- a little rockabilly, a whole lotta twang. Sweet and raucus all at once. We'll have you cryin' in yer beer or dancin a two step, maybe at the same time.
Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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1. So Long
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2. Just One Day
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3. Now I Want You (Out of my Head)
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4. Tell Me Why
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5. Walkin' Lie
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Booking Tel.#206.605.3026 P.O. Box 20494 Seattle, WA 98102

Who is Ruby Dee and The Snake Handlers? Well, we're a 5-piece rockin' Americana combo from Seattle, WA that plays country music like it’s meant to be played. No big hats, no pyrotechnics, no choreography. Just honest original tunes. Some call it alt-country, some honky-tonk, some traditional country... we certainly encompass all those styles and moods, from Bakersfield "hard country" to Memphis rockabilly, from Western Swing to Pacific Northwest insurgent country, from Southwest Tex-Mex to Northeast rock'n'roll --- influenced by our heroes like Buck Owens, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, Merle Travis, and The Blasters, just to name a few.

The band came together in 2002 and the individual members have performed with Marc Olsen, Gerald Collier, Deadwood, DRAGSTRIP 77, The Ugly Americans, The Spitfires, The Ultramatics, The Scenic Wonders, and The Model Rockets, among others. The band is fronted by the lovely and talented Ruby Dee (singer/songwriter), accompanied on big flat-top acoustic guitar and harmony vocals by the equally lovely and talented Liz Smith, with Pete Smith (no relation) as the "anchor man" on electric bass, Lewis Warren as the "engine room" of the group on drums and backing vocals, and Jorge Harada on 6-string Telecaster guitar. Known for their hi-energy live show, the band has made a name for themselves in the Pacific Northwest as a group that delivers as soon as the lights go down, and is performing to capacity crowds in local clubs as well as having performed at larger festivals such as Folklife in 2004 & 2005 and Bumbershoot 2005, along with numerous rodeos and county fairs throughout the state.

"Five for the Road", their debut 5-song EP CD released in 2003, has sold over 2000 copies at shows around Seattle. A couple of tunes get substantial airplay on local radio station 90.3 KEXP's Swinging Doors (Thursday nights) and Shake The Shack (Friday nights), as well as country stations 94.1 KMPS & 96.9 KGY. Based on overwhelming popular demand, the band went into the recording studio in Seattle during November 2005 with producer Conrad Uno to record a full-length release. Advance singles from that CD are already gaining airplay in the US and Europe, and the band is currently seeking distribution for the record.

Whenever Ruby Dee & the Snake Handlers play out, it’s to a packed house: we rock ‘em and shake ‘em and make ‘em cry when it’s right. We sure hope to show you what we do too!

Ruby Dee & the Snake Handlers

“The old school country feel in the band is very engaging, with sad, haunting qualities & strong verse melodies. The thing I find most fascinating about this band is Ruby’s unique voice: in ways it reminds me a bit of Dolly Parton & Emmylou Harris, but there seems to be an innocent, childlike quality that sets it apart from those artists (and everyone else).”
Taxi Review, March 2004

“... You bring me back, WAAAYY back, to the days when my momma used to sing on the Louisiana Hayride!”
A Fan, March 2005

“Their quirky retro style puts them in a category by themselves. Jorge’s guitar solos really blaze, blending authentic vintage country influences with a rockabilly edge. This is a great roadhouse band, with romantic overtones and fine storytelling in the tunes themselves. ‘Tell Me Why’ is one of my favorite weepers, and ‘I Remember You’ would sound just great blasting out of an old jukebox. Ooh Wee!”
Taxi Review, May 2005

"Ruby Dee & The Snake Handlers make a sweet honky-tonk country racket that's perfect for long road trips, lazy afternoons and jumpin' and jivin' at the corner bar. If you like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, X or any combination thereof, you'll immediately recognize the band as kindred souls. If you don't like those great artists, guess what? You may end up dancing to The Snake Handlers anyway, despite yourself. The band's that good.", July, 2005- Voted Favorite Band in Seattle by the NW People’s Picks Awards

You want roots music? With Ruby Dee And The Snake Handlers, you'll get genuine American music, roots, rockabilly and country. Give it a listen - you won't be disappointed.
Hopefully, you’ll like us too.


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Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers Rock!
These guys play the kind of music you should be able to hear on country radio, but don't. Ruby's voice ranges from the lyric beauty of Tell Me Why to the rockabilly raunch of Walking Lie, reminding me of Joan Baez and Tish Hinajosa. The band rocks in the tradition of Johnny Cash's Tennessee Three, and the songs have the country heart and soul of Merle Haggard at his heartbreakin' best. Influences aside, Ruby and the band have a new-school take on the best of old-school country, in a fresh and original offering.I love em'!


Worth seeing live too
The only thing about this cd that is not good is that it is only 5 songs. All five songs included, however, tap into the type of honky tonk country we need more of. I particulary like the sense of truth the vocals present on each song.


Her voice is enough to melt a cold, cold heart...
I don't think this CD does enough justice to the band and to Ruby's vocals in particular. HOWEVER, it is a good little slice of their music and Ruby's writing style, and you can crank it, dance to it, cry along with Tell Me Why, or get all fired up to Walkin' Lie. Good road CD, wish there was more to it (ie: more songs)!


When's the next CD due out?!
A rockin', dancin', ale drinkin', a tear in my beer and Bubba shot the jukebox CD! I just wish it had more then a few songs ... just can't wait for their second CD! I like the cover art as well.