Ruby and the Rednecks began over 20 years ago when they opened for the New York Dolls. They quickly became a staple on the Max's Kansas City roster, with a huge following of artists and theatre fans as well as New York's downtown rock 'n' roll crowd.

The Rednecks were part of the original punk scene, appearing with bands from the Talking Heads toPatti Smith, and three of the original Rednecks will appear at the benefit for Mike Quashie, who is a longtime friend. Ruby reunited the Rednecks in 1996 to play in her hit musical, Singing in the Islands, at LaMama in New York. Max's musical director, Peter Crowley, is producing a CD of the greatest hits of Ruby and the Rednecks.

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