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Pale Road

After two long years of writing, tracking, mixing, remixing, retracking, and rewriting, we are ecstatic to announce the official release of our second full length album, Pale Road. We’ll be having a huge party to celebrate on October 26th at Laurelthirst in Portland. We are really proud of this album and can’t wait for everyone to hear it.


While this release is exciting for us as a band, it is with a great sadness that we must also announce that October 26th will also be our last show as Jack Ruby Presents in the foreseeable future.  This coming year will see the five of us spread across four cities in three states.  After six truly amazing years of making music together, we are sending our beautiful Melissa Davaz off to bigger and better things in Montana.  We are so very proud of her and what she will accomplish, but she will be taking pretty hefty chunks of our hearts with her.


We are also keenly aware that we’ve only been able to continue playing together for so long due to the love and support that we have received every step of the way. This is our way of saying thank you and good bye. We couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to share our music with. So, with that all said, we’d love to see you all one last time and give you something to remember us by.

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March 2nd

Next Saturday we’ll be playing at Type A Press in McMinnville. They have printed a super cool super limited edition poster for the evening. We’re stoked to be playing in a cool work space hosted by the very talented artists at Type A. Come out, hear some new tunes, drink some beers, and pick up a poster.

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Five Years

On October 25th, we played our five year anniversary show. Since 2008 we have played hundreds of shows up and down the west coast, put out two EPs, a handful of self released singles, and one full length album. We have shared the stage, bar corner, or living room with more gifted and creative musicians than we have time to mention. We can offer nothing but out sincerest and deepest thanks to the army of friends who have helped to make this happen. To those who have come out to shows, given our record away, edited videos, taken pictures, recorded demos, given us couch space, booked shows for us, fed us, or played with us, we wouldn’t have made it through the past five years without you. These have been wonderful years shared with dear friends over all together too much beer. We are so grateful to have been able to share our music with you, it is a real blessing to spend your nights playing rock n’ roll with the people you love most. Thank you.


Next year we will release our second full length record, entitled, Pale Road. Recorded since January between Jackpot Studios, CCC, Danny Jonestown’s, and AMFO’s bedroom, Pale Road, is approaching completion. There are lots of steps between where we are right now, and holding a copy of the record, but we are moving forward, and trying to do everything right, even if that means doing it slowly. We have worked harder on this record than anything that we have ever put out, and we are so very excited to share it with all of the people who have supported us all of these years.


From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Jesse, Mad Dog, AMFO, Derek, Chris.

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Live from the Banana Stand…

Last summer we played a really lovely show at The Banana Stand in Portland. The evening yielded a fun five track EP featuring a couple old tunes and three that will appear on our upcoming record. After months of mixing, rearranging, auto-tuning, remixing, and mastering, it is ready for your ears. We are thrilled to put this out in partnership with our friends at the ‘Stand. They are a crew of absolutely lovely guys who do so much for music here in Portland. Check out the rest of their releases- it is an honor to join such an excellent catalog (The Angry Orts, Fanno Creek, Log Across the Washer…). You can listen for free or pay what you want for a digital copy of our EP directly from Banana Stand Media or if you’d rather, we printed a super limited CD release which we’ll be selling at our next show. We hope you give the album a listen. We’re really excited about it.

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We are so excited to play with our best friends in the whole wide world, Pine Language, back at the old Hawthorne Theatre. It is really going to be a blast, and if you haven’t seen the Pine Language crew in a while, you’ll be surprised with the great new direction they have taken. It will be a wonderful night, and we’d love to share it with you.

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Memorial weekend update…

All of our thanks and love to our dear friends and the Hotel Oregon in McMinnville. Last night was wonderful, we really enjoyed sharing it with you. The party continues tonight at Jimmy Mak’s in Portland with The Dimes, Shook Twins, Brothers Young, and Birds and Batteries. If you can’t make it out, we’ll be playing The White Eagle Saloon tomorrow night with Log Across the Washer. Photo by our dear friend Nathan Quigley.


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As most of you are aware, we are in the midst of recording our second full-length album. The as-of-yet untitled project gets a bit closer every day and is already something that we know we will be thrilled to share with the wonderful group of people who have supported us thus far. So, after a few months of living inside of headphones-mixingtrackingmixingandretracking, we’re ready to play out. We have four really cool shows over the next couple of weeks, and we’d love to see everyone again. As a side note, both of these pictures were taken at the studio in January by our dear friend, Alison Pate.



Of all of the great shows coming up, we are particularly honored to have been invited to play this year’s Siren Nation tribute to Billie Holiday on April 21st at the Secret Society Lounge. For those not familiar, Siren Nation is a local arts organization that showcases and creates performance opportunities for women. They also host a phenomenal festival here in Portland every year. Obviously, Billie Holiday is a really special, even sacred, influence for us. This also a wonderful opportunity for the dudes to take pause and reflect on how very lucky we are to play with the beautiful and uniquely gifted Melissa Davaz. As a vocalist and musician, I have learned so much from her over the past five years. Mad Dog picked and arranged our full set list for the evening, and will lead the three Billie Holiday tunes that we’ll be playing.

For more information on Siren Nation: http://www.sirennation.org/


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An Update…

Jesse by Nathan QuigleySpent a few frigid hours at our practice space with Nathan Quigley working on a video for a song called “Sitka, AK” off of the upcoming record… There’s some good stuff coming.

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