We’ve spilled a good deal of digital ink on Ruby Rose Fox over the years. From her powerhouse original compositions, emotional videos, ace-choice covers, or ability to rally the troops with a poignant letter, Ruby Rose Fox is one of the brightest stars of the Boston music scene. And it’s not just us who swoon with the rise of each moon: Fox was named Female Vocalist of the Year in the 2014 Boston Music Awards, declared the best musician in town in the Improper Boston’s 2015 Boston’s Best issue, of which she graced the cover.
“The longtime singer/songwriter got her start at open mics across town, where her rich, reminiscent-of- another-era voice secured her more than a few BMA nominations preceding her 2014 win, a coveted spot in the Rock ’N’ Roll Rumble and a monthly residency at Atwood’s, which came to a close in January so the soulful pop songstress could embark on her first tour,” writes the Improper.
As she continues her Pledge campaign for her new album, Fox is constantly impressing. Wrote the Boston Herald earlier this year when she and her crew went on tour with Martha Davis & the Motels: “Fox’s band has drastically evolved in the past year… Her artistic vision has remained steadfast: arty, edgy rock ‘n’ roll that lets her be Lou Reed and Nico at the same time. Like her influences (Roy Orbison, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith), her sound seems to come from another scene, another world — bits of soul, ska and punk mix with theatrical lounge rock.”
Adds the Worcester Telgram after the spring release of 2015 double-single “Blue Angel” and “Good Friday/Gloria”: “From Motown to Prince, there’s a school of songwriting where it’s not entirely clear to the listener whether — to paraphrase Worcester poet Gary Hoare — the song’s about sex, God or some combination of the two. Fox is doing that here with her central image of a potentially soul-saving ‘blue angel.'”
At the Sound Of Our Town, this week’s soul sermon will be delivered on a Thursday.