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WORLD-WIDE VIDEO PREMIERE of "TRIED ON A SMILE" ONLY on AXS.COM for #NATIONALSMILEDAY #WORLDSMILEDAY 

"The new wave of American Soul 2.0" - AXS.com: http://bit.ly/2dyMrbL

A HUGE thanks to axs for premiering our new video for "Tried On A Smile" on #NATIONALSMILEDAY! Filmed in our neighborhood of Little Five Points, this video really shows our love for Atlanta. In fact, if you've never been, why not come visit us on 11/11 for our show at The EARL. Tickets available now:http://bit.ly/2dBCffb#WORLDSMILEDAY


PBS PRESENTS

MUSIC VOYAGER "ATLANTA" 

Music Voyager "Atlanta" premiered in the U.S. on June 12th on the television station GPB (Georgia Public Broadcasting). The Atlanta episode, hosted by Tacuma Bradley, is full of the culture & spirit of the largest city in the South: Follow Ruby as she shines the light on businesses, restaurants, incubators & makers that she admires. Watch the Soulphonics record in their home base of Diamond Street Studios and  play a live set at Woodruff Park.  Catch up with rapper and activist Killer Mike and view the Oakland Cemetery with Kristian & Brandon Bush. More info on the world premiere through PBS soon! 

 

RUBY VELLE & THE SOULPHONICS

Deep, raw funk.
Stax-style Southern soul.
Positively uplifting & ORIGINAL
Motown-channeling anthems. 

Atlanta’s Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics are the heirs to the thrones of the old-school masters.
But they’re much more than just a group of revivalists trying to create a period piece. Powerhouse singer Velle and her band will settle for nothing less than bringing these classic sounds glimmering into the now with a fresh, new contemporary sheen.

It’s this inviting and accessible bravado that has scored the band critical acclaim from
outlets such as The New York Daily News, MTV, Paste and more. And in addition to their
critical success, at a time when record sales are at an all- time industry low, the completely independent, DIY-minded Velle and the Soulphonics sold a quarter-million downloads of their single, “My Dear” on iTunes, landing them in the top 30 on Billboard’s Heatseeker charts and at a stunning #4 on the iTunes R&B charts when their debut album It’s About Time was released in 2012.

The group has shared bills with megastars and indie press darlings alike, including Erykah Badu, The XX, Goodie Mob, Gary Clark Jr., Animal Collective, Feist, Bush, The Wailers, Dumpstaphunk, Lee Fields, Bombino and Kendrick Lamar.

After an explosive set opening for Motown’s legendary “The Temptations,” the band looks towards the release of their sophomore album “State of All Things.” In addition they will
close out the year by releasing several singles. 

Read more of the bio here. 

 
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THIS YEAR RV & S WERE HONORED TO OPEN FOR MOTOWN'S LEGENDARY "THE TEMPTATIONS," & WOULD LIKE TO THANK THEM, AS WELL AS RCS PRODUCTIONS, SWEETLAND AMPI -THEATER AND THE FANS FOR LISTENING AND ENJOYING THE MUSIC ALONG SIDE NOTABLE CLASSICS THAT NIGHT.  

MEET ATLANTA'S RUBY VELLE & The Soulphonics  

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WORKFORTUNE FEATURES "IT'S ABOUT TIME" ON YOUTUBE TO 500K+ VIEWERS

THE BITTER SOUTHERNER LONG READ OUT NOW: "Ain't Nothing If It Don't Feel Good," 

LYRICS

 

In similar order to Its About Time LP 

 

MY DEAR 

VERSE 1

My Dear Listen here

I know its not right to see

fellas losing jobs and people hopeless

And it's getting so hard for me to see

the good, the bad, the ugly

and keep my focus

 

CHORUS

And I know sometimes, the world can be so harsh

but reach down deep to find

The good in your heart

bring light to  dark

All you need to do is see that

That only love can help us overcome everything

 

VERSE 2

Darling, how good we live

Yet people got no food to eat

Our brothers lying in the street

We are clueless

I know it's easy to turn our heads away

Take refuge in our lives and not make change today

 

CHORUS

 

VERSE 3

Sweet child, don't force a smile

if the way things are got you mad

get up do what you can do to lend a helping hand

And it's easy to turn our heads awaY

Think it ain't your problem if solve it in a day

 

DOUBLE CHORUS


MEDICINE SPOON

VERSE 1

I may never understand

what it takes to live your life

but I have to say I'm sick and tired

of giving you all of mine 

 

CHORUS

It's not like you

to go beg & plead

can't take it no more

always down on your knee 

well I got your spoon 

and your medicine too

Imma let you have it 

little boy blue

 

VERSE 2

This could be the final blow

definitely the last straw

thought we were a love 

unconditional 

but I've now conditioned it to go

 

CHORUS

It's not like you

to go beg & plead

can't take it no more

always down on your knee 

well I got your spoon 

and your medicine too

Imma let you have it 

little boy blue 

oh oh little boy blue

 

BRIDGE

Don't wanna hear you cry no more

Said I'm not picking up your mess little boy

go ahead and get yourself out of my place soon 

you know I heard that your mama's house got room 

 

CHORUS

It's not like you

to go beg & plead

can't take it no more

always down on your knee 

well I got your spoon 

and your medicine too

Imma let you have it 

little boy blue 

oh oh little boy blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

VIDEO

 NPR Tiny Desk Contest Entry | Atlanta, GA

Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics Tiny Desk Concerts contest 2014 "It's About Time" from the album It's About Time facebook.com/Soulphonics twitter.com/thesoulphonics Musicians: Scott Clayton (guitar) Ruby Velle (vocals) Spencer Garn (piano) Kevin Scott (bass), Jason Collier (trumpet), Mark Carbone (drums) Produced by Steve Albertson & Steve LaBate of Baby Robot Media Recorded at Diamond Street Studios ATL facebook.com/DiamondStreetStudio Engineered and Mixed by Ian McDonald and Spencer Garn Make-up by Becca Bussert Ruby's wardrobe provided by Rosa Turner/Factory Girls Atl

Manager: Kristin Juel  |   Kristin@JuelConcepts.com  |  m: 917.294.9884

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Its About Time

by Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

Buy on iTunes  | Stream on Spotify 

Released in 2012 on Gemco Records  | #29 on Billboard HeatSeekers | #4 on Itunes R&B list | New York Daily Pick by Jim Farber 

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