Ruby Agnes Owens, known to country music fans as Texas Ruby, was born on June 4, 1908 in Wise County, TX. Owens, raised on a cattle farm, came by her country music roots naturally. "One day as a young girl," an early bio of Ruby noted, "she accompanied her father and brothers on a cattle drive to Fort Worth..." Her family was also musical. A niece, Laura Lee Owens, found fame singing with the Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, and her brother Tex wrote the cowboy standard "Cattle Call." In many ways, Texas Ruby served as a transitional link between early country stylings and the more modern honky tonk. "Her deep, almost masculine alto was equally at home on blue yodels, honky-tonk cheatin' songs, old-time ballads, vaudeville blues, and folk tunes," wrote Mary A. Bufwack and Robert K. Oermann in Finding Her Voice: The Saga of Women in Country Music.