Ruby James National Debut CD, Desert Rose, Releases In Los Angeles

Ruby James National Debut CD, Desert Rose, Releases In Los Angeles

Once in a great while, you put on a CD by an artist you’ve never heard of before and time stops. The voice is new, yet timeless. The lyrics are all original yet feel immediately familiar that explore love,loss and the lure of the road, lived-in, knowing. And the melodies ? expertly performed by a first-rate band ? carry the easy groove

This is the story of music artist Ruby James who unveiled her CD, “Desert Rose,” on April 21st at the Traubadour Los Angeles. Desert Rose is produced by John Avila of Oingo Boingo who was drawn to Ruby James’ sultry voice powerful talent and recorded the album with her in his Los Angeles studio. James elegantly fuses rock and Americana with lyrics that explore love,loss and the lure of the road.

“Ruby James’ rugged sensuality, which bravely masks a wearied vulnerability, is pure sonic empowerment. With “Desert Rose,” Ruby lays bare, in the grand tradition of guitar-slinging blues hitchhikers, her power to wield her own whiskey-soaked chalice and the blade to match,” writes Orlando Weekly. She has already shared the stage with Jackson Browne, Pat Mac Donald of Timbuk3 and Jane Weidlin since she began touring the United States in 2006. Ruby James is often compared to Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow and Chrissy Hynde.

Hollywood has already taken notice of Ruby’s talent. She completed a deal which will place one of the tracks from the album, “Everything Good Goes Away,” into a major studio film. Produced by Mick Jagger, “The Women” is a remake of the 1939 classic, starring an ensemble cast including Meg Ryan and Bette Midler. In the song she poignantly reminds us that “Everything Good Goes Away” except real, true, soul-defining love. “The Women” will be released in October by New Line Cinema.

“Desert Rose is something that surprises and tantalizes you with its beauty and roots firmly planted in a sometimes-harsh terrain,” Ruby says. She adds: “Desert Rose the album and the song are both about a journey and possibly a homecoming. It’s a story of survival through the toughest of terrains and about a quest for self.” Infusing the tracks with her rustic soulful voice, she goes to the very core of mother/child relationships in heart-wrenching “Oh, Mama.” The mix crackles to life in the playful, bluesy “Mistress of the Devil,” then just as quickly disappears in the title track, “Desert Rose,” where she shares the longing for a lost, but never forgotten, love. The album is a kaleidoscope with a track for every emotion, in the spirit of legendary songwriter Emmylou Harris.

Independent, determined and savvy, Ms James already had years of practical experience under her guitar strap, writing and performing solo acoustic. She had a gypsy Nomadic upbringing, moving around California sometimes in caravans, and feels comfortable only when she is moving and playing music. She is currently working with Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan, The Arc Angels, and The Sextones) and brother Will Sexton (Waylon Jennings, Dave Baerwald and Abra Moore), who bring their legendary classic sound to the innovative talent of Ruby James both as producers and performers in a sophomore album to be released at the end of 2008.AWAL has just signed a deal to distribute “Desert Rose.” It will be released to the public on April 22nd 2008. AWOL based out of the UK was started by Paul Bower who was original developer of iTunes.

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