Ruby Friedman

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Ruby Friedman
RFO photo by Kent Geib
Background information
Born United States
Genres Rock, alternative, jazz, country, blues
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer, composer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, ukulele, whistling
Years active 2009 — present

Ruby Friedman is an American singer/songwriter/composer, with roots in New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles. She is the leader of the Ruby Friedman Orchestra.[1][2]


The Ruby Friedman Orchestra has been in studio in New Orleans, in New York City with Josh Valleau at The Glass Wall, with Peter Malick [3] at OCL Studios [4] in Calgary, and at his studio in Los Angeles. Final recording, production and mixing were done by Alex Elena[5] and Topher Mohr[6] at Beethoven Studios in Culver City. The band released their debut album, Gem on November 11, 2016.[7] The first single from the album I'm Not Your Friend was released in June 2016[8]

The critically acclaimed version of You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive,[9] was featured prominently in the Season Five finale of Justified. Graham Yost, creator and Executive Producer of the series, discussed the use of the Ruby Friedman version in the show.[10]

Her version of the song[11] was also selected for use in the Reveal[12] documentary, The Dead Unknown,[13][14][15] an investigative report on a 1969 cold case regarding the disappearance and murder of a young woman, in Harlan, Kentucky, in June 1969.

In late 2015, The Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning Amazon Studios TV show, Transparent selected the arrangement featuring her vocals on the Gina Villalobos/Eric Colvin[16] produced version[17] of the Sly and the Family Stone hit Family Affair for use in the trailer[18] promoting the launch of Season 2.

In 2015, Ruby Friedman performed the haunting vocals on the song, Hunt You Down[19] for the CLIO award winning[20] advertising campaign for the launch of the Sony PS4 game, Bloodborne.[21][22][23][24] The song is a collaboration with The Hit House Music,[25] and was written by Scott Miller and William Hunt. It was recorded by Wyn Davis[26] in Los Angeles, and by Ruby Friedman at Word of Mouth Recording Studios in New Orleans. The Petrol Advertising campaign using the song won the coveted Golden Trailer Award for best Video Game TV Spot.[27] The song was released as a successful single in conjunction with the general availability of the game.[28]

In March 2015, the EP, Song of the Demimonde was released, containing 7 tracks of her most-requested cover material. House of the Rising Sun, the last song on the EP,> was recorded at Word of Mouth Recording Studios in New Orleans with renowned New Orleans piano player Tom McDermott,[29] and longterm Smashing Pumpkins violinist, Ysanne Spevack.[30]

When in New Orleans, she performs with Tom McDermott[31] and Friends, (recurring musician from the HBO [32] Emmy Award and Grammy Award nominated TV series, Treme),[33][34] including Ysanne Spevack,[35] at the renowned Buffa's.[36] In both April 2015 and 2016, she performed at Buffa's and at the Lagnaippe Stage for Jazzfest[37] with Tom McDermott and Friends, including Aurora Nealand.[38] During the 2015 Jazzfest week, she also performed with Tom McDermott at the Just the Keys, Please private house concert, hosted by the esteemed Harry Shearer.

She has been retained by the estate of the legendary 20th Century Academy Award film song composer Harry Warren[39] to re-imagine and record some of the extensive Harry Warren catalog. The catalog consists of hundreds of songs, from the familiar Academy Award winners to unfinished works in process. Several of these recordings, Rose Tattoo, Ungrateful Heart, and Welcome to the Party are included on the Song of the Demimonde EP.

In 2014, Ruby Friedman was commissioned to perform two songs, including the title track, on a tribute album, Life, honoring the life and music of Tarka Cordell,[40] (produced by Alex Elena). Other notable contributing vocalists on the album include Lily Allen, Imani Coppola, and Evan Dando.

Her original song, Shooting Star, was selected for promotional use on the television program America's Got Talent and has been licensed internationally for continued use in that franchise. The song has also been licensed for use by Fox Sports. The original song, Drowned, was featured in Season Three's most memorable scene of the television show, Sons of Anarchy.

Her unique multi-octave vocal stylings have her much in demand, and she has been requested to perform versions of End of the World, Needle in the Hay, Angel Eyes, Pale Blue Eyes, Crazy, and I Want You, She's so Heavy for various compilations.[41]

When in Los Angeles, she has headlined at The House of Blues,[42] The Troubadour,[43] The Viper Room,[44] Hotel Cafe, Los Globos,[45] Echoplex,[46] and Pershing Square. She has made numerous invited guest appearances, including performances with Donovan, with Grammy Award nominee Scott Healy,[47] with the Jeff Goldblum [48] jazz ensemble, and at many events at the Sayers Club.[49] When in New York City, she performs with Grammy Award winning Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks of Boardwalk Empire fame.[50] She performed an acoustic invitation only show, at the Turn Gallery in Soho,[51] accompanied by Imani Coppola,[52] Matthew Steer, Maiya Sykes, Ben Crippin Taylor, and Conor Brendan.[53]


Release Date Title Label
2011 Drowned (Single) Self-released
2014 Life (Single) Room 609 Records
2014 Home or Out of Range (Single) Room 609 Records
2014 You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive (Single) Self-released
2015 Song of the Demimonde (EP) Self-released
2015 Hunt You Down (Single) The Hit House
2016 I'm Not Your Friend (Single) Self-released
2016 Gem (Album) Pulchrum
2016 House of the Rising Sun (feat. Tom McDermott & Ysanne Spevack) (Single) Self-released


  1. ^ Ruby Friedman Orchestra official site
  2. ^ Ruby Friedman Orchestra Published Music
  3. ^ Peter Malick website
  4. ^ Dan Owen's OCL Studio website
  5. ^ Alex Elena official site
  6. ^ Topher Mohr Official Site
  7. ^ Digital Journal Article
  8. ^ Pop Matters Review \
  9. ^ You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive Video
  10. ^ Graham Yost EW Justified Season 5 Post-Mortem
  11. ^ You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive Video
  12. ^ Reveal CIR Main Site
  13. ^ Dead Unknown Part 1 Mountain Jane Doe
  14. ^ The Dead Unknown Part 2 The Exhumation
  15. ^ The Dead Unknown Part 3 What Secrets Lie Beneath
  16. ^ Feverpitch Web Site
  17. ^ Family Affair Stream
  18. ^ Official Amazon Studio Transparent Season 2 Trailer
  19. ^ Hunt You down - single
  20. ^ CLIO Key Art Awards
  21. ^ Bloodborne Official site
  22. ^ Bloodborne YouTube PS4 30 Second The Hunt Begins TV Commercial
  23. ^ HitHouse Soundcloud Bloodborne Hunt You Down 30 second mix
  24. ^ Bloodborne YouTube PS4 90 second Cut You Down (The Hunt Begins) trailer
  25. ^ The Hit House official site
  26. ^ Total Access Recording Page
  27. ^ Award Winners List
  28. ^ Hunt You down - single
  29. ^ Tom McDermott Official Page
  30. ^ Ysanne Spevack Official Page
  31. ^ NPR article on Treme
  32. ^ HBO Treme Official Site
  33. ^ Tom McDermott Official Page
  34. ^ St Louis Article
  35. ^ Ysanne Spevack Official Page
  36. ^ Buffa Official Page
  37. ^ New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Official Page
  38. ^ Aurora Nealand Official Page
  39. ^ Harry Warren Music website
  40. ^ Tarka Music official site
  41. ^ Ruby Friedman Soundcloud site
  42. ^ House of Blues official site
  43. ^ The Troubadour Official site
  44. ^ The Viper Room Official site
  45. ^ Club Los Globos Official site
  46. ^ The Echo Official site
  47. ^ Scott Healy Official Page
  48. ^ Jeff Goldblum at the Rockwell website
  49. ^ SBE Sayers Club official site
  50. ^ Vince Giordano official site
  51. ^ Turn Gallery Official site
  52. ^ Imani Coppola official site
  53. ^ Conor Brendan Reverbnation site

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