Voodoo Queen

Last week we celebrated the release of our latest EP Voodoo Queen at Rockwood Music Hall on August 12th! Thanks to everyone who came out and supported the band. You can listen to a sample on the Music page of the RR website, and the entire EP is available on iTunes.

"Mary Eastey" from the new EP premiered on American Songwriter on August 8th! In other news, our friends at Raven and Crow interviewed me for their journal and some great reviews for “Deena Met the Devil” on Chris Atwood’s Alternative Compilation are in (Blues BunnyPeek-A-Boo).

Here is a little more history on the making of the record:

While writing songs for the Voodoo Queen EP last year, I discovered that I was related to Mary Eastey who was accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692. I became fascinated by the role of my ancestor in this emblematic moment of American history and learned in my research that her accusation came as a surprise because she was a respected and pious member of the community. Despite her persuasive appeal at sentencing, she was hanged on September 22, 1692. About a month after her execution, Mary Herrick testified to the court that she had been visited by Mary Eastey’s ghost who told her she was innocent, and Eastey’s family was compensated with 20 pounds in 1711 for wrongful execution.

This unsettling discovery inspired me to write a new song named for Mary Eastey which rounds out the EP. This trio of songs, which includes “Voodoo Queen” and “Spaghetti Western” chase each other wildly, like a search party or a restless spirit, looking for something that perhaps shouldn’t be found. The album was recorded by Alex Wernquest with the full band including Olivia Mancini (bass), Ed Coleman (guitar), & Tyler Beckwith (drums) at Basement Floods in Woodstock, NY in the Spring of 2014.

americansongwriter:

Song Premiere: Ruby Rae, “Mary Eastey”
The Artist: Brooklyn-based swamp pop singer Ruby RaeThe Song: “Mary Eastey” from her EP Voodoo Queen, out August 12thFun Fact: The New York native has been releasing music since 2010 as an independent artist and has played with performers including Tyler Beckwith (We Are The Woods), Ed Coleman (The Debutantes), Jaime Fallon (The Debutantes), Kristin Forbes (The Scotch Bonnets), and Olivia Mancini (Olivia Mancini & The Mates).Songwriter Says: “While writing songs for the Voodoo Queen EP last year, I discovered that I was related to Mary Eastey who was accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692. I became fascinated by the role of my ancestor in this emblematic moment of American history and learned in my research that her accusation came as a surprise because she was a respected and pious member of the community. Despite her persuasive appeal at sentencing, she was hanged on September 22, 1692. About a month after her execution, her neighbor Mary Herrick testified to the court that she had been visited by Mary Eastey’s ghost who told her she was innocent, and Eastey’s family was compensated with 20 pounds in 1711 for wrongful execution.
Click here to continue reading and listen to “Mary Eastey”

americansongwriter:

Song Premiere: Ruby Rae, “Mary Eastey”

The Artist: Brooklyn-based swamp pop singer Ruby Rae
The Song: “Mary Eastey” from her EP Voodoo Queen, out August 12th
Fun Fact: The New York native has been releasing music since 2010 as an independent artist and has played with performers including Tyler Beckwith (We Are The Woods), Ed Coleman (The Debutantes), Jaime Fallon (The Debutantes), Kristin Forbes (The Scotch Bonnets), and Olivia Mancini (Olivia Mancini & The Mates).
Songwriter Says: “While writing songs for the Voodoo Queen EP last year, I discovered that I was related to Mary Eastey who was accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692. I became fascinated by the role of my ancestor in this emblematic moment of American history and learned in my research that her accusation came as a surprise because she was a respected and pious member of the community. Despite her persuasive appeal at sentencing, she was hanged on September 22, 1692. About a month after her execution, her neighbor Mary Herrick testified to the court that she had been visited by Mary Eastey’s ghost who told her she was innocent, and Eastey’s family was compensated with 20 pounds in 1711 for wrongful execution.

Click here to continue reading and listen to “Mary Eastey”

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I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately; the question of Must vs Should. Both paths are difficult, and the reasonable pull of the Should can be so compelling; but what it comes down to is that for me, the Must is more challenging, absolutely irresistible, and ultimately so much more rewarding.

Salem trip / Rebecca Nurse Homestead

Salem trip / Rebecca Nurse Homestead

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americansongwriter:

Song Premiere: Ruby Rae, “Mary Eastey”
The Artist: Brooklyn-based swamp pop singer Ruby RaeThe Song: “Mary Eastey” from her EP Voodoo Queen, out August 12thFun Fact: The New York native has been releasing music since 2010 as an independent artist and has played with performers including Tyler Beckwith (We Are The Woods), Ed Coleman (The Debutantes), Jaime Fallon (The Debutantes), Kristin Forbes (The Scotch Bonnets), and Olivia Mancini (Olivia Mancini & The Mates).Songwriter Says: “While writing songs for the Voodoo Queen EP last year, I discovered that I was related to Mary Eastey who was accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692. I became fascinated by the role of my ancestor in this emblematic moment of American history and learned in my research that her accusation came as a surprise because she was a respected and pious member of the community. Despite her persuasive appeal at sentencing, she was hanged on September 22, 1692. About a month after her execution, her neighbor Mary Herrick testified to the court that she had been visited by Mary Eastey’s ghost who told her she was innocent, and Eastey’s family was compensated with 20 pounds in 1711 for wrongful execution.
Click here to continue reading and listen to “Mary Eastey”

Song premiere on American Songwriter!!!

americansongwriter:

Song Premiere: Ruby Rae, “Mary Eastey”

The Artist: Brooklyn-based swamp pop singer Ruby Rae
The Song: “Mary Eastey” from her EP Voodoo Queen, out August 12th
Fun Fact: The New York native has been releasing music since 2010 as an independent artist and has played with performers including Tyler Beckwith (We Are The Woods), Ed Coleman (The Debutantes), Jaime Fallon (The Debutantes), Kristin Forbes (The Scotch Bonnets), and Olivia Mancini (Olivia Mancini & The Mates).
Songwriter Says: “While writing songs for the Voodoo Queen EP last year, I discovered that I was related to Mary Eastey who was accused of witchcraft in Salem in 1692. I became fascinated by the role of my ancestor in this emblematic moment of American history and learned in my research that her accusation came as a surprise because she was a respected and pious member of the community. Despite her persuasive appeal at sentencing, she was hanged on September 22, 1692. About a month after her execution, her neighbor Mary Herrick testified to the court that she had been visited by Mary Eastey’s ghost who told her she was innocent, and Eastey’s family was compensated with 20 pounds in 1711 for wrongful execution.

Click here to continue reading and listen to “Mary Eastey”

Song premiere on American Songwriter!!!

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Badass banner #prospectpark (at Celebrate Brooklyn!)

When I started to play Mary Eastey in front of the Witches of Eastwick church, the wind started up #witches #spooky #massachusetts #voodooqueen #rocknroll

When I started to play Mary Eastey in front of the Witches of Eastwick church, the wind started up #witches #spooky #massachusetts #voodooqueen #rocknroll

Glitter constellations at Friends and Lovers

Glitter constellations at Friends and Lovers