10 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At first listen, it might be tempting to dismiss Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics as latecomers to the retro-soul revival that kicked off with outfits like The Dap Kings and Sugarman 3 at the end of the ‘90s and gained commercial traction in the following decade thanks to U.K.-based singers like Amy Winehouse, Duffy, and others. However, this does Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics a great disservice, for not only have they patiently perfected their repertoire over nearly a decade of hard gigging throughout the American south, but their debut, It’s About Time, boasts an indelibly distinct sound indebted more to the deep soul traditions of their adopted hometown of Atlanta than to the changeable fashions of the contemporary soul revival. It’s About Time represents a significant step forward from The Soulphonics’ excellent but often roughshod early singles, and it's distinguished by genuinely clever songwriting and elegant production flourishes like the multi-tiered horn parts and shivering strings that grace the title track.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At first listen, it might be tempting to dismiss Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics as latecomers to the retro-soul revival that kicked off with outfits like The Dap Kings and Sugarman 3 at the end of the ‘90s and gained commercial traction in the following decade thanks to U.K.-based singers like Amy Winehouse, Duffy, and others. However, this does Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics a great disservice, for not only have they patiently perfected their repertoire over nearly a decade of hard gigging throughout the American south, but their debut, It’s About Time, boasts an indelibly distinct sound indebted more to the deep soul traditions of their adopted hometown of Atlanta than to the changeable fashions of the contemporary soul revival. It’s About Time represents a significant step forward from The Soulphonics’ excellent but often roughshod early singles, and it's distinguished by genuinely clever songwriting and elegant production flourishes like the multi-tiered horn parts and shivering strings that grace the title track.

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About Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics

Featuring soulful lead vocals and a full horn section, Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics make earthy old-school '50s and '60s-style R&B. Formed in 2005 in Gainesville, Florida by singer Ruby Velle, guitarist Scott Clayton, and organ player Spencer Garn, the band relocated to Atlanta in 2007. Two years later, they had landed a residency at the Star Bar and built a strong local following. In 2010 and 2011, Creative Loafing voted them Atlanta's best soul band. In 2012, Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics released their debut full-length album, It's About Time. ~ Matt Collar

ORIGIN
Gainesville, FL
FORMED
2005

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