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Ruby Jane Smith (born November 17, 1994) is an American-born fiddle player, singer, and songwriter who began in the traditional bluegrass and Americana music genres and now at 16, is a mature genre-defying songwriter. The youngest fiddler invited to play the Grand Ole Opry, Smith has toured and recorded with Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson and Willie Nelson, and has performed on Austin City Limits.

Smith was born in Dallas, Texas. Grand Ole Opry notable Jim Brock began instructing the seven-year old Smith after seeing her perform onstage with Rhonda Vincent (Smith impressed Vincent and Brock with a rendering of “Boil Them Cabbage Down” and at age 10 she became the youngest invited fiddler to play at the Opry. She also performed in 2003 at the CMA Music Festival. After winning the 2005 Mississippi State Fiddle Championship and garnering several other contest titles, in 2008 Smith and her family moved to Austin, Texas.

Since moving to Austin, she has been mentored by Ray Benson, and she has toured with other artists (including Willie Nelson and Ray Benson and with her own band, the Ruby Jane Show. She has performed in a Ray Benson play, A Ride with Bob, and played on Willie Nelson’s Grammy-nominated Willie and the Wheel. She has recorded two CDs; her debut album Road to Columbus was released in 2006, and the follow-up 6-song EP Creekside was released in 2007. She won the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin award in 2007, named for Daniel Pearl and given by the foundation named for him, which promotes “Harmony for Humanity.”

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