Ruby Free Interview on The Time Machine
Singer-songwriter Rick Hromadka and vocalist Lisa Cavaliere from the duo Ruby Free were guests on The Time Machine to discuss the duo's debut album "Introducing Ruby Free". Rick, as the driving force and frontman to both Los Angeles veteran rock bands Maple Mars and Double Naught Spies, has been a guest on the broadcast a number of times over the years but this time around, he is joined by Lisa. Ruby Free's own website bio explains it best, "Somewhere, deep in the valley, just northwest of Los Angeles, lives a family. Together they grow tomatoes, grapes, and very large lemons. They have visitors from time to time like raccoons, snakes, coyotes, and possums. They also have a little husband and wife band called Ruby Free." In addition to Rick's talents, Lisa is an ex-choir girl, whose unique vocal stylings bring to mind Suzanna Hoffs." Their debut album is a delicious blend of Paul and Linda McCartney melodies and sunny "Laurel Cyn" harmonies, producing a familiar yet new distinctive sound. The upbeat theme of the album captures a band not taking itself too seriously and living in the moment. A three time Emmy Award winning sound editor and mixer, singer/songwriter/producer Rick Hromadka took a lo-fi approach to the production, and the songs echo tones of 1970's radio. Pulling back on "the gloss" was key! Lisa Cavaliere, who comes from a family of singers, adds a delicate female perspective to songs like "Bongos And Beards", "Deep In Valley" and "Three Cheers For The Sun God". Her lead vocal on the infectious "Tiny Stars" hallmarks her range and has remained in rotation on The Time Machine's playlist since the album's release.
Rick Hromadka's last album "Galaxyland" (Maple Mars) drew quotes like, "Album of the year" - Bill Kopp (Musosribe), "A psychedelic masterpiece" - Mike Lidskin (Twirl Radio), "Somewhere between Brian Wilson's Smile and Big Star" - Robert Kinsler (Orange County Times) and ranked as one of the top three most played albums on the air for the year of 2010 on The Time Machine. Critics were anticipating the mid summer release of "Introducing Ruby Free" and the warm fuzzy sound will have you singing along soon!
New music was also featured from The Mockers with their topical tune "Republican Girl", Susanna Hoffs, Mike Viola, Schuyler Fisk and The Beach Boys. Other artists heard on this Maui afternoon FM broadcast include; Maple Mars, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Smith Bros., Rachael Yamagata, Crystal Gayle, Helen Reddy, Jared & The Long Road To Love, Paul & Linda McCartney, Lou Christie and Shaun Cassidy.
Video Below: Official music video for "Bongos And Beards" by Ruby Free
Video Below: Official music video for "Deep In The Valley" from Ruby Free
Official Website for Ruby Free