Hi! So much excitement this year from touring (Lollapalooza and ACL were highlights) to writing so many songs I want to share!
As Ruby Jane turns 17, she is embarking on her most exciting project yet, a new cd embodying her creative and unique music! We are gathering steam and your help to pay studio, producer, musicians, manufacturing and then distribution and publicity to get this music to the world. You can be a part of the action and be rewarded too! At 10, Ruby Jane was the youngest ever invited fiddler on the Grand Old Opry. She has played major festivals from ACL to Lollapalooza. She is a thoughtful songwriter and prodigy fiddler. Her live shows exclaim the force and energy of a seasoned powerful performer. She's the real thing with spirited charisma, remaining humble though standing ovations are a regular performance occurance. I can't wait for you to hear the new music created in this old soul.
We are DIY kind of gals. Hard-working, focused, and ambitious. We can do this with your help. I'm JoBelle, an entrepreneurial artist (Ruby Jane's single mom) that will do cartwheels about Ruby Jane. She makes the music. I design the cds, take photos, video, call for bookings, print the t-shirts, run the merch table, drive her to the gigs, whatever it takes. Yes, whatever it takes. We left our home and moved in an RV to get her wherever she needs to be. Now what we need is financial help to get this music to the world. The world is gonna love it. You will too. Keep up with us on the posts here on Kickstarter about how it's going. Thank you for helping. Thank you, Kickstarter for this opportunity. Now get ready to listen to music that will move you and have you telling all your friends. Take time to read about Ruby Jane and get to know her (and me). We love you for being a part of our life!
As someone not even old enough to legally buy a pack of smokes, this young country protege creates her own smoke with a bow and a fiddle. Her sound is the familiar American bluegrass, but her lyrics present a deeper knowledgeable mind. An old soul in a young girls body, this rising star has already played with some of the greatest country musicians around. I mean come on, this girl has already played the Grand Ole Opry. As I type this, I’m sitting at home chewing on a piece of straw, drinking lemonade and complaining that “it’s hottah then a dickins,” and she made me this way, if only temporarily.
Her words are wise and meaningful. Her voice is entrancing. Her guitar and fiddle playing is clean and precise, but her voice… her voice. It’s melodic, engaging, and developed in her own way. Not in a freakish Jackie Evancho sort of way because it actually fits. The performance will be a roller coaster ride from electric to acoustic, from hushed whispers to thunderous roars, and it’s all designed to take the audience for a ride. She’ll grab you, make you “Stick Around” and make you “Feel Like Home” – all while you wish you brought that glass of lemonade because she will most definitely leave you “hottah than a dickens”. And holy crap, just try to keep up with her once she starts playing Minor Swing.
“She is a great picker, fiddler, songwriter, and singer with an amazing career in front of her. I love her!” — Willie Nelson
“A vivacious, effervescent and ferociously talented instrumentalist, writer and vocalist…”— John Davis, Austin Music Score
“I’m convinced Ruby Jane was sent to earth by God to save country music…There are no words to express Ruby Jane’s talent level, because it is nothing like I have ever seen before, in a musician of any age. And I’m not just talking about her fiddle playing, I’m talking about all of it: songwriting, showmanship, singing, even her guitar playing. And overriding all of this effusive talent is a passion for the music second to none. ” — SavingCountryMusic.com
“She can melt a rock.” — Marty Stuart
“Ruby Jane is the next big news in country music.” — Bob Schieffer, CBS Evening News
Ruby Jane moved to Austin in 2007, playing with Texas greats like Johnny Gimble, Dale Watson, Freddy Powers, and Will Sexton. Ray Benson of Asleep At The Wheel discovered Ruby while looking for a young fiddle player for his play “A Ride With Bob.” Ruby joined the cast, and through Ray met her childhood hero Willie Nelson during the making of Willie and the Wheel. This led to Ruby touring nationally with both Asleep At The Wheel and Willie Nelson.
Ruby Jane’s primary focus now is her own band, “The Ruby Jane Show.” 2010 was busy for Ruby. She toured France in August, and in September at 2010′s ACL Fest, she sat in with Blues Traveler, and then drew over 2,000 people for her own performance, being named “MVP of ACL Fest” by the Austin Chronicle. Ruby Jane continues to write songs, improve in technique, and mature in style. She can be found making music in and around Austin, whether sitting in with bands and performers from across the musical spectrum, or leading The Ruby Jane Show. She is warming hearts, embracing audiences, and making everyone wonder just where she is bound
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Physical copy of cd a week BEFORE release date, signed by Ruby Jane AND Ruby Jane's T'shirt. (well, a t-shirt with her logo).Estimated delivery:
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Physical copy of cd, signed by Ruby Jane personally to YOU, dated, photo of Ruby Jane signed personally to YOU and a thank you on the new cd! PLUS a jar of Ruby Jane's Relish or Cinnamon Apple pancake mix (your choice!) AND a song dedicated to YOU at the cd release party!Estimated delivery:
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Especially for YOU, the complete Ruby Jane gift basket (yes, we are southern and like gift baskets) which includes physical copy of cd signed and dated to YOU, Ruby Jane pancake mix AND relish, AND a hand crocheted hat by Ruby Jane's mom!) PLUS a song dedicated to YOU at the cd release party!Estimated delivery:
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Of course, we gonna give you a signed cd AND pancake mix, but wowsee, you get a house concert with Ruby Jane OR a photo portrait session with Ruby Jane's mom (includes 2 8x10s!). (US only).Your choice! PLUS Ruby Jane will tweet about you!Estimated delivery:
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woot, woot! YOU get a cinnamon apple pancake breakfast at YOUR house made by Ruby Jane and her mom! When we tour your area (US only), let's have breakfast!), not to mention, we will bring the cd to you. If you aren't in US, let's SKYPE breakfast together!Estimated delivery:
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ok, closet singers and music lovers, this is for you. YOU get to sing onstage with Ruby Jane when we tour near you AND you get the treats! (physical cd, relish, pancake mix!) AND you get YOUR NAME in a song written by Ruby Jane!Estimated delivery:
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Ok, this is the big Kahuna..ever wanna get backstage at the show? YOU can be backstage at the next festival with Ruby Jane! Ruby Jane's mom will take your picture so you can make your friends jealous! Boy, this is something to tweet about! Of course, you get an autographed cd to YOU too!Estimated delivery:
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