Ruby on the Vine

Ruby on the Vine is a Montclair, New Jersey based underground fold - rock band featuring Myrna Marcarian (vocals, guitar,keyboards) Geoff Feinberg (guitar), Matt Klss (bass), John Ehlis (mandolin), Dave Cushing (drums). Formed in the late 1990s, ROTV is led by Ms. Marcarian, who from 1977 to 1986, was co-leader of the critically-acclaimed new wave band, Human Switchboard from Cleveland, Ohio. Writing in the New York Times back in 1980, Robert Palmer called Human Switcboard the "best underground white band in America today," After the demise of Human Switchboard, Ms. Marcarian released a solo EP (Human Touch) in 1989, and then retired from the music scene to raise a family.

The retirement didn't last forever. ROTV has been gigging in the New York area now for nearly 10 years , and in 2003 released their debut album, This World of Days, to rave reviews. Containing 10 new original songs, the album features an impressive roster of friends and musicians, including her longtime collaborator and co-songwriter, Geoff Feinberg. Doug Hall (keyboards, backing vocals, guitar, production), Bernie Worrell of Parliament Funkadelic (keyboards), Tony Maimone, Pere Ubu (bass) Mark Spencer who has played with Laura Cantrell, Uncle Tupelo and the Blood Oranges, (guitar), Frank Villardi from Feedie Johnson, Suzanne Vega and the Bacon Brosthers (drums), Andy Mckee (bass), Ron Metz (drums, George Usher (keyboards),

"This World of Days is a remarkable comeback . . . Marcarian hasn't missed a beat despite a 14 - year layoff. Purring and wailing like the mature Patti Smith, Marcarian's voice sounds terrific, from slinky sex-kitten torch songs to passionate ballads to drving, garagy rock . . . Here's hoping 2004 sees Ruby on the Vine bring some of that old Human Switchboard magic back to a NYC club scene that's starving for a band with this much substance and passion." Jim Testa, Jerseybeat Magazine

"Intriguing . . . We already knew she could walk alone, and now she's sounding real sharp again," Richard Riegel, Village Voice

"An impressive offering, Ruby on the Vine features Myrna's distinctive vocals at the helm with traces of Marianne Faithful, Patti Smith and Maria McKee . . . The album is loaded with catchy tracks . . from Americana roots to 50s girl- group to 80s New Wave. Give this very original work a listen." Michelle Picardo, Freetime Magazine, Rochester, NY.

Ruby on the Vine is working on a second album.

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