We first came across Ruby Rushton in 2011 when we saw them play live at a pub in south London. We were mesmerised by their performance that night. The music they were playing was fresh and exciting, it was unlike anything we had heard before. Soon after that night we happened to pass the band leader, Tenderlonious, in the street, We stopped and asked what plans he had for the band, to which he replied “album soon come…”
It was four years before we heard that album. Recorded in 2011, ‘Two For Joy’ finally got its much anticipated release via the 22a imprint in 2015 and it did not disappoint! Since then the band have gone from being a quartet to a sextet, and have had a number of headline shows around London and Europe, including their much celebrated Boiler Room appearance and a number of headline shows at London’s Jazz Cafe, the award wining Church Of Sound and the legendary Dingwalls.
Now into 2017 the band have released their second studio album, ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume One’ to great critical acclaim. The album has received regular airtime and support from multiple radio stations and high profile tastemakers including Gilles Peterson on his weekly BBC6 Music broadcast.
With ‘Trudi’s Songbook: Volume Two’ set to be released later this year, the band are in high demand and about to embark on a series of international live shows. Their live show is a throwback to the 70’s Headhunters days, whilst still fusing new, exciting and contemporary flavours. Expect high energy, deep afro rhythms and Dilla inspired grooves. Simply put, the album and live show are not to be missed. Essential for fans of Kamasi Washington, Yusef Kamaal and GoGo Penguin.