For the last 22 years, Ruley has played guitar for so many bands that it's tough to even recall them all--The Phantom Limbs, River Roses, The Johnies, Vegas Kids, The Sidewinders/Sand Rubies, The Townies and currently The Drakes, Little Sisters of the Poor and The Zsa Zsas (in which he performs as Lalo Sucrose).
Ruley has always been one of my favorite guitarists in Tucson for many reasons. Yes, he's technically amazing--he's got more chops than a butcher shop--but he is also just as tasteful. In all the years of watching him perform and listening to him play, he's never shown off. Not once. The economy in his playing is astounding; he never plays a single note more than he needs to, even though you know that if he wanted to, he could shred with the best of them.
To top it all off, he's a hell of a guy, nice and funny--one of those people you're always happy to run into at a bar and shoot the shit with.
Apparently he'll be visiting Tucson now and then to play a show here and there. Of his contributions to The Zsa Zsas, singer David Slutes (aka Milos Sucrose) wrote Soundbites to say, "He is the only member who will never be replaced. He'll have to fly in for the gigs."
So, while his departure may be a blow to the Tucson music scene, we wish him nothing but the best in his new, uh, gig.
Oh, and we almost forgot. You'll have two more chances to catch Ruley perform locally before he splits town for NOLA. His final show with Little Sisters of the Poor takes place on Friday, Aug. 4, at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St. Redlands and Bombs for the Bored will also be on that bill, which starts at 9:45 p.m. Cover is $4, and the number to call for more info is 798-1298.
Then, at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug 12, at Club Congress, 311 E. Congress St., The Zsa Zsas will headline a showcase featuring some of the performers at the upcoming RockN the Seas "Arizona at Sea" cruise. Also on that bill will be The Jons, Al Perry and Greyhound Soul. Admission is $5, and a free cruise will be given away to one lucky attendee. Call 622-8848 for more details.
The Young Dubliners pull into town on Saturday, Aug. 5. The show begins at 9:45 p.m., with an opening set from Tesoro. Plush is located at 340 E. Sixth St., and cover is $10. That number again is 798-1298.
Dowd will perform at Vaudeville Cabaret, 110 E. Congress St., next Thursday, Aug. 10. He'll be starting around 10 p.m., opening for the Whistlin' Dix, the acoustic, traditional backwoods alter ego of The Solace Bros. The number to call for more information is 622-3535.
Well, these leagues cost money to participate in, and in order to generate funds for player fees, gear and such, some local bands are performing a benefit show on Friday, Aug. 4. Starting at 9 p.m. at Club Congress, natch, a $5 donation will grant you admission to see live sets by Demon City Wreckers, Great American Tragedy, M.C.E.S.P. and Golden Boots. All money collected at the door will go directly to the team, and there will be kissing booths, raffles and drink specials from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Call 622-8848 for more info.