FAIRFIELD — Tamarah Joy Jones was looking for a band to play at her wedding. A pal suggested one.
Jones admitted she went rather reluctantly to hear the band, offering a subdued response along the lines of “I’ll listen.” The mutual friend that introduced Jones to the band encouraged her to sing a song with them.
The band and Jones both got jobs that day. They played at her wedding. She was hired as their singer.
The band Ruby Lane and Jones have flourished since that meeting almost 10 years ago.
“We have a genuine chemistry,” Jones said. “On stage, we have a great time. We have a great time in rehearsal, too.”
Ruby Lane will perform at next weekend’s Waterfront Festival Featuring Art, Wine and Chocolate at the Suisun City waterfront.
The five band members started out with the band Gray Daze, which was downsized. The goal was to stay true to the classic tunes they members love and have fun doing it.
“It’s crazy,” Jones said. “We are all into our 50s now.” She has four grandchildren.
Getting to act 25 on stage is fun, but Jones is very happy now. On Wednesday, she canned a few gallons of spaghetti sauce with tomatoes and herbs from her own garden. Not exactly the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.
“I might get crazy with this,” she said. “I want to go bigger.”
She offers high praise for her bandmates that include longtime musicians Paul Ojeda, Kent Harvey Phil Greene and Mark Chole.
Chole also plays with the Eric Martin Band and commutes from Santa Rosa. Ojeda played with Steel Breeze and Laser Boy. Greene is a legend on the local music scene and also plays with Whiskey & Honey.
Jones spent some time in the gospel and Christian music scene. Before that, she sang into a mirror, using a hairbrush as a microphone.
“My family had to endure a lot of concerts,” she said.
It’s the 1980s music that’s closest to her musical heart.
“The days of big hair band and spandex,” Jones calls them.
Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, Billy Idol and Mick Jagger are among her favorites. When it comes to singing, the male voices are the most fun.
“You don’t really see girls singing the boys songs,” she said.
Ruby Lane has two songs that seem to surface every gig. The Rolling Stones “Satisfaction,” which a great way to showcase Harvey’s vocals, she said.
The second is Susan Tedeschi’s “Little By Little,” her “audition” song.
Ruby Lane takes it’s name from Jones’ eBay user name, not from songs by the Rolling Stones and Beatles. The band usually plays three-hour shows singing between 40 and 45 songs.
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