helping out

Austin benefit supports fiddler Ruby Jane Smith after Houston carjacking

Young Austin musician Ruby Jane Smith received a lot of support at a benefit Saturday night in the Texas capital. The young prodigy and her mother had experienced a traumatic blow last week in Houston when they were carjacked at gunpoint.  Ruby Jane lost nearly all of her most prized instruments during this heinous crime.

She shared the stage with The Whodo band, whose keyboardist Lawrence Wright helped make the benefit a reality after hearing what the two ladies had gone through. The Victory Grill was filled with fans — new and old — who came out to enjoy a dance while helping the local musician get back on her feet again. 

In the midst of this crime, Ruby Jane is taking some time to heal emotionally while concentrating on raising money to buy new musical instruments and release a new album.

You can visit her Kickstarter page to donate and find her on Facebook if you would like to know more about young Ruby and where you can hear her entrancing sounds live.

Ruby Jane's fingers race across her fiddle as she demonstrates her astounding talent to the crowd.


The Whodo band of Austin shared the stage with Ruby for the night.

Here one band member puts his all into the music.

At 10, Ruby Jane was the youngest fiddler ever invited on the Grand Old Opry.

The Whodo harmonica player fills the room with his talent.

The Whodo band and Ruby Jane played many songs, including a few Christmas-inspired ones to embody the spirit of the season.


The Whodo band's guitar player brought a talented and humorous presence to the stage.


Everyone enjoyed the music and dancing.


Many came out to have a good time while helping this young musician back to her feet. One guarantee in Austin is that musicians and music lovers abound and all are willing to extend a helping hand when needed.

One couple danced most of the night.


Ruby Jane also had her merchandise available offering shirts, stickers, and CD's.

It was a fun night with great music and wonderfully supportive and compassionate people.

The crowd was extremely supportive with a genuine desire to help Ruby Jane and her mother recover from their ordeal.

The benefit was held at the historic Victory Grill on E. 11th street in Austin.