by bravura singer Ruby Friedman -- dubbed “L.A.’s own dynamic diva” by L.A.
Weekly -- the Ruby Friedman Orchestra is releasing its long-awaited debut
album Fugue in L.A. Minor. Co-produced
by Peter Malick (Norah Jones), Josh Valleau (John Legend, Imani Coppola), Alex
Elena (Alice Smith), and Nick Page (B.B. King), the collection features eight
original songs co-written and co-produced by Friedman.
The set also includes Friedman’s stunning rendition of Darrell Scott’s “You’ll
Never Leave Harlan Alive” (featured in 2014’s season-closing episode of the hit
FX series Justified) and a personalized
cover of Ma Rainey’s “Stack O Lee Blues.”
release of Fugue in L.A. Minor
culminates a wave of praise for the RFO and its dazzling, versatile front woman.
The Los Angeles Times boiled its
reaction down to four stars and one word: “POWERHOUSE.” Hits praised the band’s “no-holds-barred, full-throttle talent.”
And Kevin Bronson’s Buzzbands.la Web site raved, “[Ruby
Friedman] comes at you like a weather front, a thunder-and-lightning barrage of
soul and nerves,”
stops-out vocal performances – drawing on such diverse sources as Bessie Smith,
Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and PJ Harvey – and affecting original songs have
enraptured audiences at such L.A. venues as House of Blues, the Troubadour, the
Roxy, the Satellite, the Echo, and the Hotel Café (where the band played a
2015, she appeared with pianist Tom McDermott at Jazz Fest in New Orleans. She
has garnered attention as a guest vocalist fronting two top-flight big bands,
New York’s Grammy Award-winning Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks (Boardwalk Empire) and Los Angeles’ Scott
Healy Tentet, led by the Grammy-nominated keyboardist of Conan O’Brien’s TBS talk
show. She made show-stopping appearances at L.A.’s Sayers Club and with actor-pianist
Jeff Goldblum’s jazz ensemble at Rockwell.
voice was featured in the Golden Trailer Award-winning 2015 TV and online campaign
for Sony’s bestselling video game Bloodborne
early 2014, Friedman’s powerful version of Tarka Cordell’s “Life” was issued by
Room 609 Records in England as the first single and title track from the
charity album saluting the late musician, alongside contributions by such noted
performers as Lily Allen, Evan Dando, and Citizen Cope.
Her original song “Drowned,” co-authored by Sons of Anarchy music supervisor Bob
Thiele, was featured on the popular FX biker drama. The RFO’s “Shooting Stars”
was used in campaigns by Fox Sports and for the international Got Talent franchise, including NBC’s America’s Got Talent.
solo single, a cover of Skeeter Davis’ “The End of the World,”
captured airplay on KROQ’s Rodney on the ROQ, KCSN’s Americana
Matinee, and Dan Wilcox’s KCRW show.
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