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RUBY FRIEDMAN ORCHESTRA Premieres New Single “I’m Not Your Friend”

Today (5/16), the RUBY FRIEDMAN ORCHESTRA teams with POPMATTERS.com to premiere the lead single “I’m Not Your Friend” off their long-awaited debut roots-infused album GEM (out Friday, June 24).  Click here to check it out. For the song, the band’s namesake powerhouse vocalist Ruby Friedman brings to life a gritty murder ballad inspired by true events.

GEM–the roots-infused 10-song collection of gale-force, intensely personal original compositions recorded in New York, Calgary and Los Angeles–was co-produced by Peter Malick (Norah Jones), Josh Valleau (John Legend, Imani Coppola), Alex Elena (Alice Smith) and Nick Page (B.B. King). The album features nine original songs solely written or co-written and co-produced by Friedman and includes her striking rendition of Darrell Scott’s “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive” (featured in 2014’s season-closing episode of the hit FX series “Justified”).

Friedman‘s stops-out vocal performances–drawing on such diverse sources as Bessie Smith, Etta James, Patsy Cline, and PJ Harvey–and affecting original songs have garnered praise from the likes of Buzzbands.la‘s Kevin Bronson who raved, “the L.A. songstress comes at you like a weather front, a thunder-and-lightning barrage of soul and nerves, capable of wrapping more drama into a phrase than most singers do in their autobiographies.”

Tracklisting for GEM:

  1. “Fugue In L.A. Minor”

  2. “I’m Not Your Friend”

  3. “Ten Minutes”

  4. “You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive”

  5. “Fairfax Fable”

  6. “I Don’t Want”

  7. “Please”

  8. “Cheated”

  9. “The Ballad Of Lee Morse”

  10. “Lonely Road Symphony Rag”

In addition to RUBY FRIEDMAN ORCHESTRA‘s music being spotlighted in FX’s “Justified,” Friedman‘s original song “Drowned”-co-authored by “Sons of Anarchy” music supervisor Bob Thiele-was featured in the popular FX biker drama and Friedman showcased her voice for the season two trailer of the Emmy Award-wining Amazon original series “Transparent.” Another RUBY FRIEDMAN ORCHESTRA original, “Shooting Stars,” was synched in campaigns by Fox Sports and for the international Got Talent franchise, including NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” Friedman‘s voice was featured in the Clio Award-winning 2015 television and online campaign for Sony’s best-selling video game Bloodborne.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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