Ruby Dee Philippa - Lead Vocals, Harmony Vocals, Songwriter
Jorge Harada - Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Rick Watson - Doghouse Bass
Mike Smith - Cathouse Drums
Home: Austin, Texas USA
Record Label: Catty Town Records
Ruby Dee’s is a tale of unbelievable resilience and drive in the face of struggles that would foil someone with less determination. She is a singer, songwriter, bandleader, and cook as well as a traumatic brain injury survivor. Her band, Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers make American music with rockabilly, swing, country and R&B inflections, and their latest album, Little Black Heart is a tour de force of exemplary musicianship.
With a reputation for high-energy shows that precedes them, Ruby Dee and The Snakehandlers deliver to capacity crowds in clubs, festivals and events, 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, and subsequent releases Live From Austin Texas and Rockabilly Playground earned the band Grammy considerations for Best Americana Album and Best Children’s Album.
Vintage Guitar Magazine
"Call it twang with attitude. Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers’ new album Little Black Heart, is a heady mix of rockabilly, country, swing and jump blues- all propelled by the stellar guitar-picking of Jorge Harada."
Wouter Kellerman, Grammy Award-Winning Musician- South Africa
"Here is some good old rock ‘n’ roll with the twist, shuffle and them all in the bag!"