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Ruby Lovett is pure country. She is heir to a tradition of women with drawls and spunk, women who, truth be told, built and nurtured country music from its beginnings through early Reba. She is funny, unaffected, and unabashedly traditional in outlook, and the combination makes both her singing and her presence extraordinarily appealing. The fact that such appeal is tied to a beautifully one-of-a-kind voice is all the better.

Her music is as real as she is, full of honest emotion and real-life situations/ sung with unaffected grace and power. To hear her sing is to witness the flowering of a life and musical approach that began with a childhood in Laurel, Mississippi.

At 13, she formed a country band and performed on a stage her parents had built in a building where they used to operate a general store. They had quickly come to share her dream of making a life out of music.

As a teenager, she played nearly every weekend at fiddlers', bluegrass and gospel conventions, and it was there that she found her heroes and heroines--men and women playing from the heart for the love of the music.

Her demos attracted major label interest, and she released a critically well-received album produced by Garth Brooks producer Allen Reynolds and anchored by "Look What Love Can Do," a self-penned song based on her experience as an adopted child.

Ruby's many fans have included Brooks himself.

"For the people that say 'country' is what's missing from today's country music," Brooks has said, "find Ruby Lovett."

She can count any number of reviewers and journalists among her admirers as well, but her first two fans, her late parents, continue to offer her prime inspiration. "I wish they could be here," she says. "They worked so hard to help me pursue my dream. They wanted it as much as I did. That drives me to continue playing, and writing and singing my music. I do it because I feel a deep love for music, but I do it to honor them as well."

The music she is making now is as honest and unaffected as she is. The drawl, the attitude, and the outlook all tie her directly and refreshingly to her roots and to her soul.

"The music I make is real country music," she says. "It's pure and unpolished. It's the country music that I love, and I believe there's an appetite for it."

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