Ruby Jane Smith has made a name for herself in many avenues of the music industry: the youngest fiddle player ever invited to play the Grand Ole Opry; she’s played with everyone from Lady Gaga and Willie Nelson to Local Natives; and 2015 Black Fret grant recipient. At age 21, Ruby Jane has already defined herself as a talented and compelling instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter. Now, she’s taken her predominately bluegrass and Americana solo career and expanded into the 5-piece indie rock group Ruby & The Reckless.
“In My Head” is the title track of Ruby & The Reckless’s debut album, and in many ways, it’s a foil to Ruby Jane’s solo sound, namely her last album Celebrity (Empire of Emptiness). Recorded live in our Studio 1A, the song heavily incorporates synths and electric guitars to define a sound that is laid-back, but electric. Without skipping a beat or speeding up, “In My Head” is the epitome of a cool, beautiful marriage between violins and synthesizers and proves that a song doesn’t have to be thick or fast to be excellent and catchy.
In My Head is out in September. Ruby & The Reckless play tonight at the Continental Club.
–Taylor Wallace // host, Saturdays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; SoundCheck Music News; producer, Eklektikos with John Aielli