Ruby Dee and The Snake Handlers

Ruby Dee and The Snake Handlers

The Tankerays

Thu · May 25, 2017

8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

Ruby Dee and The Snake Handlers
Ruby Dee and The Snake Handlers
Who are Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers? More and more music lovers are learning the answer: a band that’s earned a nationwide following and international fans with its honest, original music fused with synergy, sugar, sweat and soul.

The 14-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 14 years, including 1200-plus dates across America, Europe, and Australia, 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 Gretsch 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. Currently providing the rock-solid honky-tonk groove backing Ruby and Jorge are Rick Watson on doghouse bass and Mike Smith on cathouse drums. Together, they have played fourteen successful European tours, a few rockin' Australian tours, and many dates across the US.

The band's 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.

Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers have released their fifth full-length project: ROCKABILLY PLAYGROUND, a children’s rockabilly and roots record. With songs about bullies, homework, nap-time, super best friends and more, the band is having a great time writing and playing, and looks forward to sharing the CD with you. The CD charted at #15 on the FAR charts and #103 on the AMA charts, and is on the 56th Grammy Awards ballot for Best Children’s Album!

In 2016, Ruby was able to write songs (both lyrics and music) for the first time since her near-death accident eight years earlier that left her with a TBI. The resulting record LITTLE BLACK HEART on Catty Town Records is a rockin' album full of great rockabilly, jump blues, and toe-tapping swing music, and has earned the band a place on the primary ballot for 8 categories in the 59th Grammy Awards, was listed as the #2 Rockabilly Album by the Rotos Music Report, and charted at #83 for 7 weeks on the AMA charts. 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 heartbreaker of yesteryear with thoroughly modern attitude, commands the stage.”


Best New Band 2002 Seattle P-I
Best Unsigned Band 2003 Seattle P-I
Best Country Female Singer 2004 LAMA
First Runner Up Best Song 2005 Songwriter Magazine
Primary Grammy Ballot Best Americana Album 2011
Primary Grammy Ballot Best Children's Album 2013
Primary Grammy Ballot Best American Roots Album 2016
Primary Grammy Ballot Best American Roots Song (Not For Long) 2016
Primary Grammy Ballot Best American Roots Song (You Underwhelm Me) 2016
Primary Grammy Ballot Best American Roots Song (Put You Down) 2016
#2 Rockabilly Album Roots Music Report 2016
The Tankerays
The Tankerays
In an era when image wins out over substance all too often, leave it to Grand Junction, Colorado to come to the rescue, by way of a 3-piece Vintage/Psychobilly band: The Tankerays.
On their debut album, titled "Freight Train To Hell", The Tankerays combine vintage rock-riffs with infectious hooks and punk rock attitude for a raw, honest, and real sound that is at once universal and completely their own.
The Tankerays, at present, consist of singer/songwriter Brian Mora (Orig. from Denver, CO), bassist called"Lester" (Real name withheld for privacy purposes), (Orig. from Chicago, IL)
& Michael Thornburg, originally from Hammond, IN.
Within just a year they would become a dynamic trio with well over 20 songs written and a debut album, Freight Train to Hell...recorded out of Shedd Records and Mr. John James, It was the result of this exceptional collaboration of efforts that produced and molded what has become The Tankerays's unique sound.
This album is both demanding and in demand and - above all else- not to be missed. Influenced by their love for such acts as The Cramps, The Ghastly Ones, Link Wray, The Neo Tones, and others, they have combined rock's history with their own modern sensibilities and innate abilities to form a sound that is timeless. From the post-apocalyptic guitar assault of "Freight Train To Hell" to the Surf Punk instrumental that is "Swims With Sharks" to the soul-wrenching honesty exhibited in "Rainbow Colored Twinkie Fluid" to the rebellious cries of a new generation found in "Graveyard Shift", there is an obvious demand for change.
And The Tankerays is ready to step up to the plate and make this change. As a matter of fact, they have left very little undone in the laying of the groundwork for their release. Playing out as often as possible throughout the Colorado Western Slope and Denver area, they have tuned and sharpened their act into a true barn-burning, ear-splitting, soul-shaker event that could easily insight a crowd to have a great time, if nothing else!
With a stellar band, an exhilarating live show and a red-hot album, all that The Tankerays has left to capture is their public at large… and there is no doubt they will.
This album is a necessity for fans of music that is genuine, relentless, and without compromise. So long as there is enough money for gas and replacement guitar-strings, The Tankerays are rip-roaring-ready to go. They intend to support their debut by hitting the road and tearing it up on as many stages as possible. Not surprisingly, this is where the tireless rock chanteuse feels most at home...
"There's nothing better than the feeling of performing live," Mora explains. "No matter how busy with our individual lives we are, when we walk off stage there is only one thing we can think of - the next time we can walk back on."
Venue Information:
Mesa Theater
538 Main St
Grand Junction, CO, 81501