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“I Say Tomato”: Gershwin for the Honky Tonk Set

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.

Ruthie & the Wranglers CD

“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:

I Say Tomato – Ruthie & the Wranglers

[Pssst:  Click the triangle above to play “I Say Tomato” by Ruthie & the Wranglers.]

Ruthie & 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

Phil Mathieu - TelecasterBill 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.

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