Some things in life are definitely worth waiting for. The album State of All Things by Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics is one of those things. Several years in the making, Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics celebrated the release of State of All Things tonight at Terminal West in Atlanta’s West Side. You can read Gwen’s full review of State of All Things here at Libro Musica. Despite all the magic that is there in the album, the true magic took place on stage seeing Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics perform live.
The concert started with a short instrumental of “What You See” with guitar, sax and trumpet solos to introduce you to the Soulphonics. This amazing band is the perfect backdrop for Ruby Velle and her powerful vocals. “Lost Lady USA” from State of All Things followed. Long time Ruby Velle fans were filled with energy and joy as she performed classics from her first album, It’s About Time such as “Coming Home to You” and “Soul of the Earth.”
To lead into the title track of the album, Ruby Velle shared with us how passionately she felt about the song “State of All Things.”
From the newest song Ruby Velle took us back to 2014 with her song about lifting oneself up, “Tried on a Smile.” As the drums and keyboards started this song the already elated crowd danced themselves into a frenzy.
“It’s About Time” still reigns as my favorite Ruby Velle song. The title track from the 2012 album perfectly captures the retro soulful style of Ruby Velle & The Soulphonics. The music underneath has a slow groove that Ruby Velle rides so expertly. The message woven into the lyrics is a call to action to us all:
It’s About Time
World, World, World
Where have we been?
What have we done?
Will the story of our future
Be a new tune? Or the same old song?
Because who we are
Only history knows
But where we are going
Oh it hasn’t fully, fully been told
It truly is ABOUT TIME!
Other songs to close out the night included “Who Closed the Book”, “I Tried”, “Broken Woman”, “Shackles” and “Call Out My Name.” If you haven’t done so already, add Ruby Velle & the Soulphonics to your music library. You can find their music on iTunes, Spotify and the band still has a PledgeMusic. campaign going (you know you need a vinyl copy of State of All Things).