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“The power of music is amazing. I’ve known my whole life that this is what I’ve wanted to do and I’ve had confirmations at every step that this is what I’m supposed to do.”
Ruben V is an accomplished artist. He’s released eight solo CDs, 14 group albums and averages over 120 shows a year. He is a guitar player, songwriter, producer and family man. He’s built a huge following of Ruben V Band fans – all while keeping a sense of humor and a genuine Texas charm.
But first and foremost, there is the music. It’s a fresh, smooth blend of blues, Latin, soul, and rock. It’s an ambitious mix of the music that moves him and in his skillful hands, becomes a truly energizing and enjoyable experience. The result is stylistically different from his peers – it’s alluring, soulful, fun and mature. As he says, “it’s everything I love about music.”
For a man who would turn out to be such a celebrated guitar player, Ruben was self-taught – old school style. “I would slow down our old 45 albums on the record player and learn that way. I was also front and center at every concert – watching and listening. Then it was just hitting the road. There’s no better way to learn.” Hitting the road began at 15 for Ruben, who played in a string of bands and eventually landed an Indie record deal with his heavy metal band, Final Assault. The unexpected death of a friend, the band’s bass player, brought everything to a halt for Ruben and he began questioning his direction. Again, it was music that pulled him back in. “I was in a dark time in my life when I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan in concert. It was the opposite of the heavy metal bands that were defining the time. I wanted to play Stevie’s kind of music – to bend a guitar string like that because that’s what I felt.” That performance is what drove him back to writing and playing, but this time, he surrounded himself with his brothers and the group began touring clubs in the area. As time passed, the shows became bigger and the four albums they put out became heavier, but, again, that sound wasn’t what Ruben had envisioned for himself. Forced to confront the different directions the brothers were heading, Ruben parted ways with the group to pursue his own musical path – one that was true to him. That becomes the essence of Ruben V’s music.
Ben Goldsmith & The Original Band
This trio of impressively-gifted teenage musical talents aim to not just make their mark on rock music but also bring something fresh to the genre that will pull new generations of listeners into the music. Yes – it's a rather grand ambition. But given how much they’ve already individually and collectively accomplished, don't be surprised if it comes to pass... and more.
Its members – guitarist/lead singer Ben Goldsmith, bassist James Bandini and drummer Jack McDonough – have all been well-taught through the School of Rock, which is how they connected. They also share supportive, music-loving parents who fostered their passion for music from an early age and encourage their creativity. The LI Herald hails how they "impress beyond their years" with a style that longtime Long Island music journal Good Times describes as "a soulful, technically adept rock sound."
Goldsmith has already achieved much at 13 years old: Mastering the guitar to not just a skill level but an innate feel and finesse that wows acclaimed pros like Steve Vai and most anyone who hears him. Touring top Northeast and Midwest venues as well as appearing at Lollapalooza and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Writing and recording at age 12 all the songs and instruments on his debut solo EP, No Kidding, produced by Grammy nominated producer/engineer Greg Wurth (whose studio credits include Vai, Mary J. Blige and other notables).
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