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Ruby James

How would you describe your music?

my new album is rootsy, soulful, eclectic.. my voice is rich and deep, i tend to gravitate towards the blues and soul but i love pop music as well. it's just good music :)

What is your role in your band? In the studio? In business or marketing decisions?

"well since i am a solo artist, i supposed i am the band leader although i don't think i'm great at it but i try.. i'm a good band leader on stage but in rehearsals and trying to get it together i'm kind of a goof.. my studio experiences have been different.. my first album, desert rose, i was quite involved with my opinions and the direction.. my new album that has just come out this month was produced by charlie sexton and he is like a mad genius and functioning in a whole other world when it comes to music.. so on this album i feel more like a part of it.. it was a magical experience working in the studio with charlie and his brother will and an incredible piano player named mike thompson.. that sort of evolved very organically over three days of us playing together and sounding amazing just after laying down the basic tracks.. but then charlie really worked his magic on it so that was an entirely different process but one that i feel very blessed to have been a part of... the business stuff is really difficult for me as i am not a natural business woman but i've had to work hard to try and learn to be .. it's a long process that still feels really challenging at times but i'm doing the best that i can with what i have to work with.. social networking used to make me very depressed.. trying to add friends and self-promote, but now i've accepted that as an independent artist, it's just what you have to do to get the word out about your art!"

Describe your gear.

my favorite guitar i have is a blonde thinline tele and i play it through a blues jr. i also have a cool martin 00 series acoustic that sounds amazing w/ slotted headstock. i have a beautiful two -toned green gretsch hollow body that's pretty sweet and very cool unique, custom made Aquila guitar that's made out of purple heart wood.. that guitar is really beautiful and sounds amazing.. i have some other toys as well but those are the main things.. and a Vox AC 30 but that doesn't get played much!

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Do you think being a woman and a musician is different from being a man and a musician? If so, how? Was there a moment that made a difference clear to you?

well there are certainly a lot more men playing instruments than there are women.. i'm not sure why that is... i guess maybe boys want to rock at an earlier age and it's cool to think about being in a band and whatnot.. i'm not really sure on this one.. i love when you see a great woman drummer or bass player.. that's the coolest 'cause you don't see it as often as men. maybe young girls are encouraged to play lovely things like piano or violin or something... we need to get more little girls rocking out!

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Did anyone ever give you any valuable advice about making your way in the music industry? What advice would you give to a woman musician just starting out?

to be fearless... you have to be wildly passionate and determined in this business otherwise good luck.. and i always say that you really have to ask yourself where your heart is at.. is this a hobby or is this your life? either is ok but it's important to be clear.. there are no real easy roads but there are many to chose from.. i think it's always important to dream and to follow your dreams.. that's the only advice i could give to anyone.. male or female.. but to a young girl especially, i would tell her .. what do they say? shoot for the moon and land on the stars? i like that.. anything is possible, if you can dream it, you can be it!

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Why did you choose to play the instrument you play?

i grew up playing piano but i was classicly trained and i hated playing it.. i instictively new that i needed to learn to play guitar because there would be a lot of songs waiting for me once i learned the instrument.. i started writing my first song on the guitar in my first lesson that i ever took.. that motivated me to practice about 4 hours a day until i couldn't stand the pain any longer.. i was so determined to write and start playing live right away.. my first club gig was about 6 months after i took my first guitar lesson

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