Jack White fans will recognize singer Ruby Amanfu from his single “Love Interruption,” on which she was the featured singer, as well as from the tour supporting his first solo album Blunderbuss. After taking a break from being in White’s band to record a single with the Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard as well as work on her own music, Amanfu just released her own record today (check it out here). Standing Still, an album of mostly covers, sees Amanfu reworking songs from Bob Dylan to Brandi Carlile to Kanye West. She’s celebrating the album release at The High Watt this Saturday, Aug. 29. Read on to find out more about Standing Still and grab tickets to see Amanfu’s debut as a solo artist after time singing backup for artists including Kelly Clarkson, Jason Isbell, Norah Jones, Brittany Howard, Ben Folds, Hozier, Joy Williams, Jakob Dylan, Buddy Miller, and Patti LaBelle among many others.
Standing Still was recorded during just five days in a log cabin at Leiper’s Fork with a six-piece band with which Ruby Amanfu reinterpreted songs that have inspired her from throughout genres and time periods. The spark for making a covers album of deep cuts came from her well-received cover of Bob Dylan’s “It’s Not Dark Yet” at a benefit show in NYC. The record closes with one original song, “I Tried.” The first single release was a slow, folky waltz cover of Kanye West’s “Streetlights.” Check out her cover of Brandi Carlile’s “Shadow on the Wall” below.
Ruby Amanfu will perform Saturday, Aug. 29 at The High Watt. The show is 18+, begins at at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available for $10.