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Showing posts with label Hurricane Ruth. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hurricane Ruth. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

American Showplace Music artist: Hurricane Ruth -Good Life - New Release Review

 

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Good Life, from Hurricane Ruth and it's a charging blues rocker. Opening with driving, Like Wildfire, Ruth La Master is upfront and on fire with her dominant vocal style, backed by Scot Holt on guitar, Calvin Johnson on bass, Bruce Katz on B3 and Tony Braunagel on drums. Good Life is a slower ballad with deep soulful roots. Katz's B3 work on this track adds real depth and I love Holt's guitar phrasing punctuating the track nicely. Kicking in the rock bottom, Ruth shows her rocking edge with some of her grittiest vocals on the release. My favorite track on the release, Late Night Red Wine has a super traditional rock beat with a solid melody. Holt steps up with a stinging guitar solo with a blues edge and Katz's organ work pulls it all together. Very cool. Wrapping the release is ballad, I've Got Your Back, with Ruth bringing on her sensitive soul vocals. Nicely balanced with Katz on piano and organ this is a real nice closer for a solid release. 


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Friday, April 14, 2017

Hurricane Ruth Records: Hurricane Ruth - Ain't Ready For The Grave - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Ain't Ready For The Grave, from Hurricane Ruth, and it's powerful. Opening with Barrelhouse Joe's, a solid boogie, Hurricane Ruth on lead vocal is joined by Reese Wynans on piano, Tom Hambridge on drums, Michael Rhodes on bass, Pat Buchanan and Rob Mc Nelley or guitars. Taking it down, Far From The Cradle, has great blues bones with expressive vocals, excellent piano work by Wynans and super guitar work under the lead. Southern style blues rocker, Estilene, has a great beat and smoking guitar riffs.  A really hot drum riff by Hambridge and Rhodes bass lines really set the pace on Beekeeper. It's cool rhythmic flow makes this one of my favorites on the release. A funky bass/drum line set a super beat for Cheating Blues, a cool track with expressive vocal phrasing and a real nice guitar solo. Very cool. Shuffle track, Let Me Be The One has a cool pace, cool vocals and flashy guitar riffs giving it real spunk. Wrapping the release is Yes I Know, with really nice gospel tones. Who better than the mighty McCrary Sisters and Wendy Moten to give this track that gospel vocal anchor. An excellent closer for a real solid release.



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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Hurricane Ruth Publishing artist: Hurricane Ruth LaMaster - Winds Of Change - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Winds Of Change, from Hurricane Ruth LaMaster and its a powerhouse. Opening with boogie woogie track, I Feel Lucky, Hurricane Ruth takes charge on lead vocals backed by Brian Curtis on keys, Doug Wilcox on trombone, Mike Gilette on tenor sax, Sande Hackel on bari sax, Frank Huston on guitar, Gary Davis on bass and John Sluzalis on drums. Dick Garretson takes a nice trumpet solo and Curtis really hits the keys. Smokin! Willie Dixon's Built For Comfort is low slung and Ruth is laying it on thick. Huston sets down a greasy guitar solo and the horn section really riches up the mix. Ruth sells Percy Sledge's, When A Man Loves A Woman, as a simple soul ballad with plenty of feeling and the horn section adds punch. Wrapping the release is Delbert McClinton's Going Back To Louisiana with Dixie swing. Ruth really lays it out there on this one with nice guitar runs by Huston and splashes of horns throughout. Cool closer for a cool release.

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Blind Raccoon Showcases Roots & Blues Artists

Blind Raccoon Showcases Roots & Blues Artists
Blind Raccoon is delighted to announce the line-up for its showcases happening during the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. On January 21, 22 and 23, from 11:30am to 5pm, artists from Norway, Canada, California, Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, and New York, a smorgasbord of roots and blues talent, will grace the stage. We have two 2015 Blues Music Award nominees - Vaneese Thomas & Missy Andersen, one 2015 IBC participant – Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band, as well as several former IBC contestants performing over the three days. Net proceeds from the showcases will benefit The Blues Foundation’s HART Fund, which provides assistance to blues musicians and their families in times of great financial need due to medical emergencies. Emcees are Peter "Blewzzman” Lauro of Mary4Music.com on Wednesday, Brett Fleming, host of Soul Stew, WEVL/Memphis, on Thursday, and Richard L’Hommedieu, producer of Live At The Midnight Circus and publisher of Making A Scene, on Friday. Blind Raccoon is a music marketing firm out of Memphis dedicated to spreading their artists’ music around the globe.

PERFORMERS

Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band
2015 IBC participant
Based in OH
www.underworldblues.com

Vaneese Thomas
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Album” (Blues For My Father) & “Soul Blues Female Artist”
Based in NY, from Memphis
www.vaneesethomas.com

Magnus Berg
Based in Norway
www.magnusbergmusic.com

The Reverend Shawn Amos
Based in CA
www.shawnamos.com

Hurricane Ruth
Former IBC participant
Based in IL
www.hurricaneruth.com

Missy Andersen
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Female Artist”
Missy Andersen was due to participate in this year’s IBC, but as she was nominated for a BMA, was eliminated from the competition.
Based in CA
www.missyandersen.com

Suit Ty Thurrsty
Based in CT
www.suittythurrsty.com

Anthony Gomes
From Canada
www.anthonygomes.com
Early 2015 will see the release of Electric Field Holler, a guitar driven blues infused rock ‘n’ roll album that showcases Gomes‘ blistering six string work and whiskey soaked voice.   

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
11:30am - Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band – I hour set
12:45pm - Vaneese Thomas – 45 minute set
1:45pm - Magnus Berg - 45 minute set
2:45pm – The Reverend Shawn Amos - 45 minute set
3:45pm - Hurricane Ruth – I hour set

Thursday, January 22, 2015
11:30am - Missy Andersen – I hour set
12:45pm - Suit Ty Thurrsty – 45 minute set
1:45pm - Vaneese Thomas - 45 minute set
2:45pm - Anthony Gomes – I hour set
4pm The Reverend Shawn Amos – 45 minute set

Friday, January 23, 2015
11:30am - Suit Ty Thurrsty – I hour set
12:45pm - Hurricane Ruth – 45 minute set
1:45pm - Gaetano Letizia and the Underworld Blues Band - 45 minute set
2:45pm - Missy Andersen - 45 minute set
3:45pm - Magnus Berg – I hour set

~ REPRESENTING ~
Charlie Musselwhite ~ Juke Joint Chapel
57th Annual Grammy Award Nominee “Best Blues Album”
2015 Blues Music Award (BMA) Nominee “Harmonica”
June Core ~ 2015 BMA Nominee “Drums”

Gary Clark Jr. ~ Live
2015 BMA Nominee “Contemporary Blues Male Artist”

Missy Andersen ~ In The Moment
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Female Artist”

Otis Clay & Johnny Rawls ~ Soul Brothers
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Album” & “Soul Blues Male Artist” (Otis & Johnny)

Vaneese Thomas ~ Blues For My Father
2015 BMA Nominee “Soul Blues Album” & “Soul Blues Female Artist”

Altered Five Blues Band • Bobby Hurricane Spencer
Chris Daniels & The Kings featuring Freddi Gowdy •D.A. Foster
Grady Champion •Hurricane Ruth • Magnus Berg • Ray Goren
The Reverend Shawn Amos

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Hurricane Ruth - Born On The River - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Born On The River, from Hurricane Ruth. A powerful vocalist, Ruth is backed but David Lumsden on guitar, Gary Davis on bass and Jim Engel on drums. Opening with title track, Born On The River, Lumsden creates a wah wah effect with guitar and Ruth sings with a lot of sting. Make Love To Me opens with a modified Elmore James by Lumsden and with Davis create a heavy bottom for Ruth's vocals. Lumsden throws out some fine guitar riffs and Engel holds tight on the bottom. A simple 12 bar this track hits it hard. Blues Rocker Slow Burn has a trace of Voodoo Chile making it instantly cool with a nice bass riff but with an almost metal grind. Lumsden does take a nice guitar ride on this track bringing it to the blues via rock styling. One of my favorite tracks on the release. Blues ballad The Walls is an interesting track with light traces of Robin Trower with sonic guitar work. Ruth's vocals have a different sensitivity making this the overall best track on the release. Cool guitar soloing by Lumsden is pure icing on this track. Boogie track, Dance, Dance, Norma Jean has so much Rattle and Roll in it you'd swear it was cut in a shack in a small Texas town. Do you know what I'm talkin' bout? Money Train has a stiff strut with stiff reinforcement from Engel. I really like Lumsden's aggressive guitar attack on this track in particular. Slim Harpo influenced track Cold Day In Hell crafts a cool track on a James Brown beat. A smooth laid back guitar solo by Lumsden shows his versatility and Ruth shines as bright on this track as any. Big Helen has a real funky beat but believe it or not it reminds me of a Frank Zappa track. With it's visual imagery it's a pretty cool track. Again Lumsden steps up with a nice guitar solo making for a completely entertaining track. Work It opens with a straight up guitar riff but I really like the tone (just saying). A straight forward rocker, Ruth is riding the wave like Jim Dandy. With a lot of kick this track has a lot of southern spunk. Whiskey Chute, another rocker has a distinctive Boxcar Willie feel with a solid Rock and roll feel. Wrapping the release is Real Good Woman, a solid blues rocker. With swagger and saturated guitar leads, this track sews it all together.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Let Me Change Your Mind - Hurricane Ruth


Hurricane Ruth has created their own brand of blues, they call it power blues. It can be described as raw, emotional, and dynamic. The "power" seeps into everything they do, from their original music to their live shows. The epitome of power blues is Hurricane Ruth herself. Ruth is a captivating performer, who will grab your attention from note one,and never let you go! Willie Dixon once told her "she was the only hurricane he could appreciate". Ruth is joined by David Lumsden (guitar), Gary Davis(bass), and Jim Engel (drums). These excellent musicians are the perfect complement to Ruth's vocals. Hurricane Ruth is a "power"ful blues experience that you won't soon forget!
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