July 3, 2009

Ruby Baby's Bio

Booking - 510-938-5350 

As a featured vocalist in the Dutch Falconi Orchestra, Tom Fay's Rhythm Kings and lead singer of the Lucky 13s and the Pleasure Seekers Ruby has played 1,000 seat packed houses, intimate supper clubs, weddings, country clubs, private parties, bars and festivals over the last 22 years.

Her raw, sensual, contralto adds an authentic, down and dirty, juke joint greasyness to the best in early rhythm and blues tunes.

Although comparisons have been made to Etta James, Howlin' Wolf, Ruth Brown, Big Maybelle and Bonnie Raitt, fans will tell you no one makes a song her own like Ruby "Baby" Bennett.

Review by Alameda Magazine
 Cool cats and swanky kittens, rockabilly swells and sweet little vintage gals might unify around these few truths: the foot-tapping appeal of a swinging boogie-woogie beat, the swagger of bold and brassy sax solo and the eternal appeal of a blues woman’s sultry wail, rounding the bend of heartbreak and pine, right at the mighty junction of Ruth Brown and Etta James. And James happens to be one of the monumental inspirations behind the soulful croon of longtime Alameda vocalist Ruby “Baby” Bennett (née Heidi), as is Little Willie John and his heartrending warble and Ike and Tina Turner and their down and dirty grooves. 

Bennett has lent her talents as a frontperson to the Lucky 13s and the Pleasure Seekers and taken featured vocalist turns with the Dutch Falconi Orchestra and Tom Fay’s Rhythm Kings. 

But from the sound of the recordings she made last year of early rhythm and blues movers, backed by local players like the Frisky Frolics’ Rick Quisol on drums, the best is yet to come from Bennett. All we can say is yes, more please! Kimberley Chun June 2012

A partial list of my repertoire:

Hop, Skip, Jump - Roy Milton

Buzz, Buzz, Buzz - the Hollywood Flames

My Baby's In Love With Another Guy - Little Willie John

Bad, Bad, Whiskey - Amos Milburn

Take It - Etta James 

Wasted Days & Wasted Nights - Freddie Fender

At Last - Etta James

Baby I Love You - Aretha Franklin

Let's Stay Together - Al Green

Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd

Hold On, I'm Coming - Sam & Dave

Something's Got a Hold on Me - Etta James

Rock Me Baby - Tina Turner

Come On - Chuck Berry

Groove Me - King Floyd

I'm Leaving it All Up to You - Don & Dewey

Cry Me a River - Julie London

I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos

It's Love Baby (24hrs a Day) - Earl Gaines

Leave My Kitten Alone - Little Willie John

Ruler of My Heart - Irma Thomas

Time After Time - Frank Sinatra

Comes Love - Ella Fitzgerald

Memphis Train - Rufus Thomas

As Long as I'm Movin' - Ruth Brown

Ain't Nobody Here but us Chickens - Louis Jordan

Knock Me a Kiss - Louis Jordan

Baby What You Want Me to Do - Jimmy Reed

Is You Is or Is You Ain't My baby - Louis Jordan

A Little Mixed Up - Betty James

All Over Now - The Valentinos / The Rolling Stones

Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - The Tune Weavers

It Ain't the Meat it's the Motion - The Swallows

It's Only a Paper Moon - Ella Fitzgerald

Since I Fell For You – Bud Johnson / Lenny Welch

One Monkey Don't Stop the Show - Big Maybelle Smith

How Long Has This Been Going On - Julie London

Mean Man - Betty Harris

Choo-Choo-Cha-Boogie - Louis Jordan

In My Girlish Days - Phoebe Snow

Sookie Sookie - Don Covey / Steppenwolf

Every Night & Every Day - Magic Sam

If You Need Me - Wilson Pickett

Tell the Truth - Ray Charles

Shake a Tail Feather - Ray Charles

Wild, Wild Young Men - Ruth Brown

Pushover - Etta James

I've Got Reasons - Mary Jane Hooper

Stand Up Straight & Tall - Jackie Shane

Bring it on Home to Me - Sam Cook

Shout - Isley Brothers

Ground You Walk On - Etta James

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