Sam's Burger Joint & San Antonio Blues Society Presents:
Ruben V and Josh Smith
Thu, June 14, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:45 pmSam's Burger Joint
$13.00 - $45.00
This event is 18 and over
NO Seating 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. 17 & Under Admitted with Parent or Guardian Only. - $10 Advance/ $13 Day of Show/ $45 Reserved Boothhttp://www.samsburgerjoint.com/event/1694932/
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.
Putting out great music meant finding a producer with equally high standards and the talent to match. It was sheer determination that led Ruben to search out two famed producers. Richard Mullen produced Ruben V's first three CD's: In His Hands, Home and Let Me In. Mullen's previous work included Eric Johnson, Joe Ely, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Jim Gaines, whose previous credits included multiple Grammy Awards and 4X Platinum work with Santana, Blues Traveler and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The collaboration between Gaines and Ruben produced I AM, Labor of Shame and Come to Me. "Jim pushed me and brought out a more Hispanic flavor than what I had done in the past. He's an amazing man and I'm blessed to work with him."
Every show is different; Ruben has a vast catalog of songs to pull from. They may play a familiar song but change the tempo or instruments. The Ruben V shows become enlivened jams inciting the audience into a musical frenzy. It keeps the audience entertained and coming back for more. From here, Ruben V will continue to pursue what has been in his life at every turn – he'll tour, write songs and make albums. The musical path that he's followed – varied, honest and sincere – may not have always proved the easiest, but from a man who knows where he comes from, playing music his way is the only way to go. "My guitar might change shape and size; but, those six strings will always be a part of who I am and who I have grown up to be."
Josh Was Exposed To The Blues At An Early Age. He Listened To A Variety Of Artists, Such As Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Albert King And T-Bone Walker. He Also Started Going To Concerts, Including The Allman Brothers, Rolling Stones And Bruce Springsteen.
By 12, Josh Was Playing At Established Professional Blues Jams In South Florida, Such As Musicians Exchange Café In Fort Lauderdale And Club M In Hollywood, FL.
When Josh Was 13, The Rhino Cats, House Band At Club M, Asked Him To Be The Lead Guitarist. Musicians Exchange Owner Don Cohen Was So Taken Aback By The Talent Of This Young Musician That He Offered To Help Manage And Develop Josh’s Career.
The Café Was Renowned For Bringing In The Best National Touring Blues Bands, And Josh Was Quick To Learn How To Approach These Blues Greats, Many Of Whom Would Invite Josh To Sit In With Them, Thinking It May Be A “Novelty” To Have A 14-Year-Old Kid Playing The Blues. The Novelty Quickly Wore Off And Was Replaced By Musicians Stopping, Watching And Listening As This “Kid” Wailed Out Blues Licks Better Than Many Of The Touring Guitarists On The Circuit. Josh Began Sitting In With Such Greats As Jimmy Thackery, Tinsley Ellis, Kenny Neal, Lucky Peterson, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Double Trouble, Joanna Connor And Kim Simmonds, Among Others. Jimmy Thackery Said Of The 14-Year-Old, “Josh Is Three Heartbreaks Away From Being A True Blues Guitar Genius.” At 14, Josh Released His First CD, Born Under A Blue Sign, And At 15, He Released His Second CD, Woodsheddin.
While Performing All Over South Florida, Josh Smith And The Rhino Cats Quickly Became One Of The Most In-Demand Blues Bands In The Area. In 1994, While Josh Was Only 15, They Received The Florida Jammy Award For Best Blues Band And Were Selected As XS Readers Choice Winners In 1995 For Best Blues Band. In 1996, Then A Senior In High School, Josh Was Put On The Cover Of The National Magazine High School Senior, Which Hailed Him As An “Up And Coming Guitar Legend.” That Same Year, Washburn Guitars Int’l Recognized Josh’s Talent And Offered Him An Endorsement. They Flew Josh To Chicago And Guitar Luthier Grover Jackson Built Him A Custom Guitar.
Sam's Burger Joint
330 East Grayson Street
San Antonio, TX, 78215