DC-area readers, take special note — Ruthie & the Wranglers are turning 25:
Check out these live performance videos of Ruthie & the Wranglers:
“Give Me a Lift“:
“Revenge of Surftilicus“
Check out these video clips of The Bumper Jacksons in action:
“When the Sun Goes Down in Harlem“
Sample both bands’ music here:
Ruthie & the Wranglers:
The Bumper Jacksons:
Would you be surprised to know there’s a link on Facebook to this event?
I guess it was inevitable that Ruthie Logsdon would pursue music professionally since it was, literally, in her blood: cousin Jimmie was a one-time King Records recording artist who bestowed upon the world, “I Got a Rocket in My Pocket” – a rockabilly classic. Ruthie, sure enough, did end up one day wrangling a band, whose fourth long-playing release, Someday, was voted 2003’s Album of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association.
“I Say Tomato” – written with fellow Wrangler, bassist/vocalist Greg Hardin – updates the George Gershwin pop standard with a wry and modern honky tonk sensibility:
[Pssst: Click the triangle above to play “I Say Tomato” by Ruthie & the Wranglers.]
Who’s that squeezing off those lonely, soulful lines on the baritone guitar, you might ask – why, none other than Phil Mathieu.
seriously, Dc’s the Telecaster town
Bill Starks tickles the ivories on this tune, as well. The album – recorded and engineered at Hit & Run in Rockville, MD – was produced by the band.