Sam's Burger Joint & Lil' Bit Presents
Swing Nite with Ruby Dee And The Snakehandlers
Mon, July 10, 2017
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pmSam's Burger Joint
$7.00 - $10.00
This event is all ages
Dance lessons from 7-8. Band kicks off around 8:30. DJ Lil' Bit spins throughout the breaks.
Seating NOT GUARANTEED. Any Seating Available is on a First Come, First Served Basis. NO REFUNDS all sales final.
All Minors Will Be Charged an Additional $5 At the Door. - $7 Advance/ $10 Day of Show / $9 Swing Member Discount at Door only
The 10-year-old four-piece combo plays an Americana that encompasses Texas honky-tonk, Bakersfield twang, Memphis rockabilly, Western swing and good old-fashioned rock 'n' roll.
After nearly constant touring for the past six years, including 600-plus dates across America and Europe, songs from the band's fourth album, MILES FROM HOME (Dionysus Records, June 2008; produced by Conrad Uno), are still earning steady airplay, including "Cold Pines and Red Dirt," which earned band front woman- lead vocalist and songwriter Ruby Dee- runner-up honors in Songwriter magazine's 2007 competition. The album charted in at #86 on the AMA Top 100 for more than four weeks and #26 on the Texas Third Coast Music FAR Top 40. The "Round and Round" video, release in May 2009, has earned great acclaim with its cameos of Seattle rockabilly musicians and famous musical neighborhoods.
"Blending snarling rockabilly with honky-tonk heartache, Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers have crafted their best recorded set thus far," said Blue Suede News of the album. "The heart of the 13-song set emanates from Dee's original material which combines poetic expressionism and hillbilly sass. Aided by Jorge Harada's top-flight guitar work — which alternates ballroom tenderness with rowdy roadhouse rock — she sounds like a Texas dance hall chanteuse visiting us from another era."
With a reputation for high-energy shows that precedes them, Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers deliver to capacity crowds in clubs, festivals and county fairs, starting in the Pacific Northwest, where right off the bat, they were voted Best Band in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer People's Picks 2005 & Best Signed Band in the People's Picks 2006. The band's first full-length CD, Uno-produced NORTH OF BAKERSFIELD, earned huge airplay in the United States, Europe and Australia, and charted repeatedly on the European Americana list.
The music has gotten a hold on audiences near and far: a combination of Ruby's singing and songwriting, wrought from her childhood spent between the no-longer-wild foothills of Northern California and the long straight roads around Big Spring, Texas; her time escaping to South America, driving a truck, working Alaskan fishing boats and more ...
And of course, guitarist Jorge Harada is no small potatoes either, having sweated all over his Gretch guitar in such bands as The Spitfires and rockabilly giants DRAGSTRIP 77.
Since moving to Austin 2008, the city's music scene is a-buzz over the band's arrival. Currently providing the rock-solid honky-tonk groove backing Ruby and Jorge are Jody Suarez on cathouse drums and Dylan Cavaliere on doghouse bass. Together, they have played five successful European tours, including shows in Belgium, The Netherlands, the Festival de Country Music in Mirande, France, Rockin' Good Times festival in Attignat, France, and shows across Germany.
The band's new release: LIVE FROM AUSTIN TEXAS came out at the end of May 2011 on both CD and vinyl, showcasing a few new songs and fans old favorites cranked up with that live jumpin' sound for which the Snakehandlers are so well known. Songs from the CD charted for over 10 weeks on both the AMA and Third Coast Music charts and earned the band two Grammy nominations: for Best Americana Duo/Group and Best Americana Album. As always, stay tuned for more.
"Risky — and perhaps just a bit risqué — Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers conjure forth all sorts of visions of another time," said Metro Santa Cruz after a California show. "Rooted firmly in the classic country and rockabilly tradition, the band is an authentic backdrop for lead singer Ruby Dee's blend of Wanda Jackson sass and Patsy Cline pathos. The band holds it down with the insistence of a chugging train while Dee, a pinup heart-breaker of yesteryear with thoroughly modern attitude, commands the stage."
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215