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Living Room

by Ruby Slippers

Acid Lounge meets Jazz influenced Alternative Rock. An eclectic blend of vocals, guitar and drums with unique and soul-driven songwriting. Where Nina Simone and Radiohead meet in the middle.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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1. Stay With Me
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2. Disease
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3. Stop
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4. The Moose Walks
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5. Snow Day
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6. Deep Sea
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7. Sing
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8. This Plastic Life
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9. Christmas Day
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10. Folded Laundry
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11. Purity Burns
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12. Miss Celie's Blues
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"...stunning - if not plain sexy - jazz and rock sway. Her voice melts butter across the room with microwave ease, while vaguely evoking the best of Ani DiFranco or even Fiona Apple." --Stuart Gaines, Mountain XPress

Ruby Slippers' September 23, 2005 release of their debut CD, Living Room, is the culmination of a whirlwind two years for the Asheville-based trio. Molly Kummerle, Andy John, and Robin Tolleson came together late in 2003, and within weeks of recording a demo they were entertaining offers to play in locations throughout the Southeast. They have taken their "acid lounge" sound across the area, performing at the Sistahs On Stage Festival, Localpalooza IV, Live At Pritchard Park, The Orange Peel and Stella Blue in Asheville, the Green Ball to Benefit the Asheville Arts Council, Nashville's Windows On The Cumberland, Knoxville's Preservation Pub, The Imagination Ball and The Handlebar in Greenville, and The Pour House in Charleston. They are also featured regularly on WNCW-FM and performed live in the studio for the station's "Local Colors" segment. They recorded Living Room with engineer Andy Bishop at Giraffe Studios in Hendersonville, NC, and Grammy-winning producer Steven Heller of Asheville did the mastering.
Molly Kummerle is the lead vocalist and songwriter of Ruby Slippers. She was born on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and moved to Asheville in middle school, where she played soccer and trombone. After graduating from Brevard College, Molly sang backup for the R&B band Mavis, and began writing with local musicians. She began attending the Jazz Open Mic at Tressa's nightclub in Asheville every Tuesday, working out her songs with the house band, pianist Chuck Lichtenberger, bassist Mike Alexander, and drummer Robin Tolleson. That group, with multi-instrumentalist Andy John, recorded the first Ruby Slippers demo. An emotional, raw singer in the style of Jill Scott, Joss Stone and Joan Osborne, Molly performed in the Asheville cast of the "Rocky Horror Show" last year.
Andy John is trained in jazz but grew up on Jimi and can quote Frank Zappa. Born in Albany, NY, schooled in Knoxville, TN, before moving to Memphis for five years, the guitarist (and his instrumental trio Klarcnova) fits well in the Asheville music scene because he clearly doesn't like rules. Otherwise, he wouldn't be doing what he's doing in Ruby Slippers - using a hollow-body six-string electric jazz guitar to cover lead, harmony and bass parts all at the same time. He also plays electric bass on several songs, again, covering lead, harmony and bass parts at the same time. See it to believe it, folks.
Robin Tolleson grew up in San Francisco, and was heavily influenced by the Bay area's musical melting pot of funk, rock, soul, jazz and Latin musics. He has recorded with guitarist Gregory James, Indigo Swing, Patrick O'Hearn, Big Block Dodge, and the instrumental funk trio Hipbones, which he founded in 1993. Also a respected correspondent for Modern Drummer and downbeat magazines, Robin always brings an allegiance to the song and the groove, and creative use of sounds. He also helps shade Ruby Slippers' soulful brew with supporting vocals.

"Asheville's Ruby Slippers is an infectious mix of sultry jazz, driving rock and roll, and allegiance to the groove."
--Asheville Citizen-Times

"They're well-versed in the jazz language, but aren't afraid to dig deeper. The result is a charismatic live show with grace and attitude." --Laura Blackley, Songwriter & Performing Artist

Living Room was recorded by Andy Bishop at Giraffe Studios in Hendersonville, NC, and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer/producer Steven Heller of Asheville. It features eleven very engaging original songs, and a favorite cover -- a range of textures from whisper to shout, rhythms from soft waves to absolute back-line funk, all with a sultry jazz flavor.


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Ryan "Boy Howdy" Purchase

kicks ass! oh, ten words? how many is this now?
Let me tell you a story. I received this CD in the mail right before I had to go to class. I put it in my home stereo and listened to two tracks while I packed my bag for class and put on my coat. Then I popped the CD into my discman and set it to play track 3 as I walked to school. For some reason, it just started on track 1 again, but as I reached down to advance it, I realized I didn't mind listening to tracks 1 & 2 all over again. I didn't turn it off until my prof started talking. When it looked like he was about to stop talking after 50 minutes, I stuck on my headphones and my thumb hovered over the play button.
I continued listening to the CD all the way home. I rewound the part that goes PEEEEEEEEEEOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH again and again (you'll find out when you buy it yourself). Then, about two blocks from my house, my discman batteries ran out, right in the middle of the jingle bell rock tune (not THAT jingle bell rock).
Man, I tell you what. I friggin RAN those two blocks. That's how good this CD is.

shannon

Smoooooth........
This is the kind of music to end a very busy day with, sitting in the recliner with a fire going, nursing a Jameson on the rocks....Unbelievable vocals, words that haunt you for days......WOW.