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fiddle found

Fiddler Ruby Jane Smith and old friend reunited one year after carjacking

By Meredith Rainey

Throughout life, we are often parted from friends, unsure if we will ever see them again. But Austin-based fiddler Ruby Jane Smith can attest that the time and distance that separate us from the pe ...


new beginnings

Ruby Jane graduates high school, prepares to tour in support of new CD

By Meredith Rainey

Music fans have watched Ruby Jane Smith grow up over the years. Now, the 17-year-old Austin-based singer, songwriter and musician is a high school graduate, releasing a new CD and launching a natio ...


informed public

KLRU gala celebrates public broadcasting and the necessity of non-commercial, high-quality programming

By Clarissa Hulsey

Sesame Street must have made more of an impression on me as a child than I realized. As an adult, I know now that those Sesame Street values have been like an underlying script to my life, steadily ...


fundraising for a fiddle

Good music, good friends and fans help raise the roof and money for Ruby Jane

By Meredith Rainey

Turning bad energy into something good isn’t always easy.  But when you feel like you’ve been kicked in the ass, don’t say uncle — make the strings of your fiddle screa ...


Fiddler fundraiser

Fellow musicians to play Jan. 12 benefit for fiddler Ruby Jane Smith

By Meredith Rainey

A few weeks after being carjacked at gunpoint in Houston, Austin-based musician Ruby Jane Smith and her mom JoBelle are trying to move on. They've got things to look forward to; Ruby Jane's ...


looking back

Hey Austin, here are what you considered to be the top 10 CultureMap stories of 2011

By Caitlin M. Ryan

As this has been the first (half) year of CultureMap Austin's life, we thought it an appropriate time to reflect on the stories that Austin went crazy for in 2011. Ranging from the closing of o ...


helping out

A community comes together to support Ruby Jane: Photos of the benefit at Victory Grill

By Kelly Wendt

  Last Saturday at the Victory Grill, located on E. 11th Street, a concert was swiftly turned into a benefit for young Austin musician Ruby Jane Smith.  ...


finding the fiddle

Ruby Jane Smith does TV interview post-carjacking, speaks on benefit concerts in store

By Caitlin M. Ryan

Ruby Jane Smith appeared on KXAN this morning to tell the tv stations audience about the benefit concerts she will be playing both Saturday night and in January. It must be strange to talk abou ...


Lost and Found

As Ruby Jane’s mom searches for stolen violin following Houston carjacking, she reflects on kindness found

By Meredith Rainey

“It was by the grace of God that that boy didn’t shoot us. We were really, really lucky.” A still shaken but determined JoBelle Smith spent part of her Monday in some of the rough ...


Fiddler Faces Setback

Young Austin musician, Ruby Jane, carjacked at gunpoint in Houston, benefit planned

By Meredith Rainey

There are few things more valuable to a musician than their instruments, let alone their lives. Back in September, Ruby Jane Smith was on top of the world, playing the Austin City Limits Music Fest ...


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