Based out of Chicago, Illinois, singer and song crafter Emily Beanblossom took on the name Ruby Fray in 2011 as a moniker for her solo work apart from her other collaborative endeavors.
Beanblossom was active in the Olympia scene in bands like Georgy, Legs the Crab, Karczol, and others, but was best known as the frontwoman for the raucous noise rock band Christmas.
Following extensive U.S. tours with Christmas, the singer retreated for a time to her family farm and began work on the darker, more organic sounds that would become Ruby Fray. Between gigs with Christmas and her fledgling business as a soap maker, she began performing stripped-down solo shows with these new songs.
In 2012, Beanblossom relocated from Olympia to Austin, Texas, where she began performing Ruby Fray shows more frequently. In the spring of 2012, Ruby Fray’s debut LP, Pith, was released on K Records. Pith found Beanblossom’s goth-charged indie songs augmented by a cast of players from the K Records and Olympia community, including members of LAKE, Angelo Spencer, Calvin Johnson, and Jake Jones, her bandmate from Christmas.
After moving to Austin, Beanblossom recorded her second Ruby Fray album with members of These Are Words, Ghetto Ghouls, Legs the Crab, Hotegia, and Clayface. Inspired by the wildlife of her new hometown, Grackle arrived in September 2014 on K Records. This summer she will relocate to Chicago, and will begin working on the album inspired by her time in Texas, and embark on her 2017 Western Tour with a small army of all-female musicians.