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Myshkin's Ruby Warblers


Country of origin:

U.S.

Type of music generally:

Evocative/eclectic beautiful & fierce contemporary folk, flavoured by almost everything: especially country, Americana, and jazz

Status:

Most recent release, That Diamond Lust (2012)

See also:

Myshkin's Ruby Warbler's site

Wikipedia's entry for Myshkin

The Ectophiles' Guide's entry for one of Myshkin's other projects, The Road Dog Divas

Comparisons:

The eclecticism of her friend, Amy Denio but that's really the only comparison I can think of. Her voice is reminiscent of Ferron's.

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

She's a really talented musician, very intense performer, and a real friendly person. I bought all her CDs but the latest at her show (it wasn't quite out yet), and they're a bit erratic, but filled with lots of gems. (jjhanson@att.net)

She's also doing a mellower, jazzier thing then she was doing when I first saw her a few years ago. But I still love her singing and her songwriting. And, at Folk Alliance, I thought her set with the Ruby Warblers was stellar. (Neal)

Comments about live performance:

A strong singer and presence, with a pretty unique style. Worth checking out. Myshkin has a bit of a country flavor to her edgy folk sound. And a really powerful voice. When she passed through town and played at my neighborhood coffeeshop, she would step out from behind the mic and just belt it. (4/02, Neal)

Recommended first album:

Rosebud • bullets or corvidae

Recordings:


Why do All the Country Girls Leave?

Release info:

2000—Bink—1024

Availability:

See Myshkin's website

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Comments:

Fun, lively mix of polka, country, blues, punk, rock and pop with attitude and smarts. My favourite track is probably "Milk and Honey". (Neile)

Rosebud • bullets

Release info:

2002—Double Salt Records

Availability:

See Myshkin's website

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Myshkin—acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tenor guitar, mandolin, vocals
Scott Magee—drums, bass clarinet
John Lutz—upright bass
neti Vaan—fiddle, phonofiddle
Ben Schenck—clarinet
Christopher Trapani—piano
Laura Freeman—harmonica

Produced by:

Myshkin (except one song produced by Mike West & Myshkin)

Comments:

I started listening to a couple of samples from this and then had to get the full album, and have really enjoyed it. The overall sound is quite different from anything else I own, and so is Myshkin's strong voice. Every song in this collection has its charms, but my favourites are "Scarecrow", "Ruby Warbler", "Cory Jo", "Big Wind", "Rosie": what a incredible melody lines! I find both her songwriting and her vocal performance very impressive here. Highly, highly recommended. (Neile)

corvidae

Release info:

2004—DoubleSalt Records—DoubleSalt 02

Availability:

See Myshkin's website

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended

Group members:

Myshkin—acoustic, electric, and tenor guitars, vocals

Guest artists:

Sailor Banks—bass, guitars, piano, organ, drumloops, samples, trumpet
Scott Magee—drums
Brent Martns—bass Skip von Kuske—cello
Nathan Langston—violine
Enion Pelta—violin

Produced by:

Myshhkin and Sugar Shortwave

Comments:

Like Rosebud • bullets I find this compulsive listening. The songs tells stories and Myshkin's powerful, emotional vocals wrench every bit of emotion from them. Heartbreaking, charming, terrific listening. (Neile)

Sigh Semaphore ep

Release info:

2006—DoubleSalt Records

Availability:

See Myshkin's website

Ecto priority:

Recommended

Group members:

Myshkin—guitar, vocals

Guest artists:

Sailor Banks—upright bass, guitar, beats
Leila Chieko—drums
Skip Von Kuske—cello
Lara Michell—guitar
Marissa Sega—French horn
Squish—musical saw

Produced by:

Sugar Short Wave and Myshkin

Comments:

This is a seven-song ep with Myshkin's recent work—very similar to that of Rosebud • bullets and corvidae. The songs are strong and promise great work to come. (Neile)

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