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Ruby on the Vine

About Ruby on the Vine: I used to have a theory about Hoboken musicians from the '80s: They start out punk or new wave, downshift into indie and then all eventually end up doing some form of blues/twang rock. Ruby on the Vine not only holds to that theory, but trumps it. The brainchild of Myrna Marcarian, the lead singer of now-defunct Hoboken-via-Ohio indie outfit and critic's darling Human Switchboard, Jersey-based Ruby on the Vine is a semi-twangy mix of county, blues and pop rock worn by the rigors of time. The album is stacked with backing talent, including Marcarian's old Human Switchboard mate Ron Metz, Bernie Worrell of P-Funk and Tony Maimone of Pere Ubu. What sets it apart from projects like the Television- and Bongos-begotten Health and Happiness Show is Marcarian, whose smoky semi-rasp merits comparisons to Patti Smith, Debbie Harry or Marianne Faithful, but could just as easily parallel Steve Earle or a latter-day Joey Ramone. Though a strong, show blues shimmy is constant throughout the album, i

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Play Song Along King's Highway Ruby on the Vine
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Play Song Drive Ruby on the Vine
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Play Song Presby Gardens Ruby on the Vine
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Play Song You Belong To Me Ruby on the Vine
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Play Song Unlisted Number Ruby on the Vine
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Play Song Standing Outside of... Ruby on the Vine
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Play Song Don't Be So Sure Ruby on the Vine
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Play Song Let Me Go Ruby on the Vine
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Play Song Little Demon Ruby on the Vine
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Play Song Little Bit of Luck Ruby on the Vine
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