Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Ruby Jane Show

Posted on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2010-01-06

Fourteen-year-old Ruby Jane Smith is a sparkling example of that often over-used word: prodigy. A bluegrass sensation who cites Dolly Parton as her ultimate hero, Smith started playing the fiddle at the tender age of 2. Ten years later, Grand Ole Opry legend Jim Brock took Ruby Jane on as a (non-paying) student to prep her for a cross-country roadtrip that landed her in Austin. After she turned a few important heads during an impromptu set at the Continental Club, the Texas music scene embraced Ruby Jane — she now calls Willie Nelson a “father figure.” Notably, the home-schooled spitfire and part-time model plays 10 musical instruments, has been profiled by the CBS Evening News (Bob Schieffer described her as “the next big news in country music”), and wowed a crowd of 60,000 while performing with Big & Rich on an ABC special coinciding with the CMA Awards. Free, 6pm, Sengelmann Hall, 531 N. Main St., Schulenburg, TX 78956, (979) 743-2300, sengelmannhall.com.

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