The Ruby Jane Show at Central Market

Friday night Lee and I went to see the Ruby Jane Show at Central Market. They were spectacular. We were treated to some blue-ribbon bluegrass and high-spirited fiddle work as Ruby Jane Smith led her band through a set of original songs and standards. The cafe was standing room only as about 400 people crowded in to enjoy the music, but somehow I managed to take a picture when only a few people were between our table and the stage.

The Ruby Jane Show at Central Market

Ruby Jane’s fiddle work was wicked splendid, her exchanges with the crowd and her band were warm and charming, and her smile was electric. If you’ve not had a chance to hear Ruby Jane play you should go see her. You’re in for a wonderful time.

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So here’s a cute trick from the show – lyric substitution in the middle of Folsom Prison Blues (Imagine Ruby Jane hitting those Johnny Cash lows). Y’all know the original:

I hear the train a comin’
It’s rollin’ ’round the bend,
And I ain’t seen the sunshine,
Since, I don’t know when,
I’m stuck in Folsom Prison,
And time keeps draggin’ on,
But that train keeps a-rollin’,
On down to San Antone.

One of her band mates ran a verse from the Who (same tune, new verse):

Ever since I was a young boy
I’ve played the silver ball
From Soho down to Brighton
I must have played them all
But I ain’t seen nothing like him
In any amusement hall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

Click on the cover to read more about Ruby Jane Smith at Austin360 (From The Austin American Statesman XL magazine):
Ruby Jane Smith in the Austin American Statesman XL Magazine

3 comments to The Ruby Jane Show at Central Market

  • Ruby Jane Fan

    Ruby Jane is incredible- the most amazing live performer I’ve ever seen. She’s as good a fiddle player as I’ve ever heard. That was David Carroll, the bass player, who substitued the words on “Folsom Prison”. At her last show at Central Market South (May 28) in between one of the songs she said into the microphone in a deep voice “ARGHHHHH JIMBOY ARGHHHHHHHH”. Then she said that was her “pirate voice”, that David had told her she needed to get in touch with her “inner pirate”. She’s spectacular, funny, and as sweet as can be. She’s the same sweet adorable kid offstage that she is on.

  • Another RJ Fan

    Check this out from YouTube
    Ruby Jane playing “What A Friend We Have In Jesus” on the fiddle.

  • Craig Terry

    I was at that show, tre’ incredible. Met mom for the first time, she’s cool. Hey ya’ll, see ya soon.

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