If you haven’t heard of Ruby Dee, she is a singer, songwriter, bandleader for the Snakehandlers. She is also a survivor. Eight years ago, Dee was involved in a scooter accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury. For years, she had to overcome many challenges to get back to where she is today.
“I could picture an image in my mind,” says Dee, “but couldn’t think of the word. I couldn’t finish thoughts or sentences or conversations, let alone write songs.”
This month, Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers, release an album of rockabilly, swing, country and R&B all mixed into one. “Little Black Heart” will be released July 22nd on Catty Town Records, a new American roots label.
As the main songwriter of the band, Dee is now “as good as I’ll ever be.” The music is catchy and the right match for her fun rock ‘n’ roll vibrato voice. The title track of the new album is a ballad which is like the film noir soundtrack for a smoky barroom atmosphere, without the impending brawl. And Jorge Harada’s guitar sound is like a rockabilly dream, especially on the Snakehandler cut “You Underwhelm Me” (Go to ReverbNation and take a listen). Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers have the right amount of energy to convince the listener that this Austin-based band is the real deal. And it’s hard not to root for Ruby Dee getting her voice heard.
For more information about Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers, go to www.rubydeemusic.com