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Ruby Dee & the Snankehandlers

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Ruby Dee & the Snakehandlers are a high octane four-piece Americana-Rockabilly combo. That's alt country, honky-tonk, Bakersfield country, Memphis rockabilly and Western swing. No big hats, pyrotechnics and choreography; it's all honest, original music a la Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Johny Cash, Hank Williams, the Derailers and more.

The band is fronted by vocalist/songwriter Ruby Dee with Pete Smith on electric bass, Lewis Warren on drums, and Jorge Harada on electric guitar.

Ruby grew up exploring the no-longer-wild foothills of Northern California and driving the long straight roads around Big Spring, Texas; that dichotomy informs her singing and songwriting for The Snakehandlers. So does her time escaping to South America, driving a truck, working Alaskan fishing boats, settling down in Seattle.

Known for its high-energy shows, the band has made a name for itself across the Pacific Northwest, the Southeast and Southwest as a group that delivers and performs to capacity crowds in local clubs, rodeos and county fairs. The band was voted Best Unsigned Band in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer People's Picks 2005 and Best Signed Band in 2006.

Demand for a five-song EP CD, FIVE FOR THE ROAD released in 2003, led to the band's new release, NORTH OF BAKERSFIELD, a full-length release recorded with producer Conrad Uno under the Dionysus Records banner. Singles from the CD earn weekly spins in the United States, Australia and Europe.

"Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers make a sweet honky-tonk country racket that's perfect for long road trips, lazy afternoons and jumpin' and jivin' at the corner bar," said "If you like Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, X or any combination thereof, you'll immediately recognize the band as kindred souls. If you don't like those great artists, guess what? You may end up dancing to The Snakehandlers anyway, despite yourself. The band's that good."

The following year, said "When this rock-solid Americana outfit won "Favorite local band or artist" last year, we wrote: "Ruby Dee & The Snakehandlers make a sweet honky-tonk country racket that's perfect for long road trips, lazy afternoons and jumpin' and jivin' at the corner bar." Today, we believe may have underestimated the band a bit. Judging from the fervent anticipation that the band's Conrad Uno-produced debut album NORTH OF BAKERSFIELD is generating, Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers may soon leap from the corner bar to the national stage."

You want roots music? With Ruby Dee And The Snakehandlers, you'll get genuine american music, roots, rockabilly and country. Wanna know more about the band? Explore the site at and see for yourself. You will not be disappointed.

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