Hailing from the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts, feminist folk ensemble Ruby Mack reclaim the story of Adam and Eve on their new album Devil Told Me. Named for the region’s prominent Ruby McIntosh Apple, the band imagines themselves as the descendents of an Eve deserving of eating the forbidden fruit; why shouldn’t she be able to bite into knowledge? With a sound centered around female voices intertwined and supporting one another Emma Ayres (Vocals/guitar), Abbie Duquette (bass uke), Zoe Young (guitar/vocals) and Abs Kahler (fiddle) question what it means to be a woman, and in the case of Kahler, move in and out of the label with ease, evoking a raw roots sound reminiscent of Joseph mixed with I’m With Her or The Wailin’ Jennys.
Recorded in an old converted church with engineer Andrew Oedel of Ghost Hit Recording, Devil Told Me has a decidedly live feel. “We really wanted it to have that special magic of a collaborative performance, and the energy we get from singing together” explains Young. With soothing guitar and soaring fiddle lines to compliment their stunning vocals, Ruby Mack has created a collection of songs both confessional and uplifting. In each other and their music the four friends have found a home in which they can question everything that society expects of them, live and express themselves in their true identity, and inspire others to do the same.