As Charles Bukowski famously said, “if you are going to try, go all the way… .” In the 2012 Jim Ruiz Set certainly went all the way, thanks to kind invitations from chickfactor supremo gail o’hara, to Brooklyn, Los Angeles and then to London. And thanks to the Eternal Friends, the generosity of the Ford family, the production wizardry of Allen Clapp and assisted by a cast of our talented friends the JRS birthed Mount Curve Avenue, the best record this two bit troubadour has ever had the privilege to work on.
Not a band to rest upon our laurels, we will return to the stage in early 2013 on Saturday, January 12th as part of the Korda Showcase night at The Seventh Street Entry. This time we will have our talented friend and special guest David Hamilton behind the Vox Continental organ to boost our jazzy edge, while Mike Crabtree returns to lend his own brand of trebly twang with his tasty guitar leads and equally compelling jazz licks. Peter Robelia and Brian Tighe, on trumpet and guitar respectively, will also be on hand to recreate those magical sounds they contributed last summer to our recordings, so don’t miss it!
Speaking of Mount Curve Avenue, the record has now entered the physical realm – in CD form at least. Last week we received the first run of product from the local pressing plant. We will have these available for sale at our shows for a very reasonable price as yet to be decided.
Jim Ruiz Set wishes you and all the ones you love a very happy and prosperous 2013. We hope that along with us “you will ride life to perfect laughter.” As Hank said, “It’s the only good fight there is.”