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Formed in San Francisco in the mid 1980's, Blue Rubies made their debut as Asphodel's first release in 1992. With Susan Maunu on vocals, Mitzi Johnson on 16-string Renaissance lute and John Loose on percussion, they used their simple "chamber" format to cover a wild variety of sources, from Prince and the Clash to Rimbaud and Dorothy Parker. Called "unabashedly gorgeous" by the Oakland Tribune, Blue Rubies helped set the path for Asphodel's commitment to music that simply "didn't fit". Beautiful and powerful, absolutely unique.