“You’re the only hurricane I can appreciate.”
— Willie Dixon
Hurricane Ruth is old school, real and raw. Her vocals are deeply rooted in the blues, but make no mistake she can rock the house! She is cut from the same cloth as Big Mama Thornton, Janis Joplin, and Tina Turner. Hurricane Ruth pulls from all these greats to create her own unique sound. Hurricane Ruth is a powerful, unpredictable, everchanging MUSICAL FORCE OF NATURE!
The Glendale tavern, in Beardstown, Illinois, was Milt LaMaster’s, (Ruth’s father), business. Sunday at the Glendale meant jam sessions. Musicians came to the Glendale from all over the region to perform. Many genres were represented: blues, jazz, country, and big band. All these styles are represented in the music Ruth writes and performs today. Ruth remembers, at the tender age three, sitting on her dad’s lap, while he played drums in these jams. She would keep time on the ride cymbal while he played. These Sunday sessions are some of Ruth’s earliest and fondest memories.
Hurricane Ruth earned her name because no one believed that such a large sound could come out of such a small woman!
Ruth has performed with John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Taj Mahal, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Sam & Dave, Fenton Robinson, Maynard Ferguson and his orchestra, and most recently; Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Mike Zito. Ruth’s vocals are deeply rooted in traditional blues, but make no mistake, she can rock the house! Ruth has opened for renowned rockers: Heart, Judas Priest, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts & Steppenwolf.
Quotes & Press
"She emotes in a way that allows her searing, soulful tones to reflect a deeply rooted signature style. Indeed, as her name suggests, she's a force of nature, and like a storm that's barreling forward, the power she possesses is worthy of respect." - Lee Zimmerman, Living Blues Magazine
"I have had the pleasure of working with Hurricane Ruth a number of times. She is the real deal, great performer with an excellent band. Very easy to work with and always a professional." - Paul Benjamin, Benjamin Productions
“Hurricane Ruth is the real deal, old school and raw. Cut from the same cloth as Big Mama Thornton, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, Hurricane Ruth is a force of nature. From a rock howl to a sultry purr and everything in between, she really has it all. With the full range of emotion at her command as opposed to just going flat out (as much fun as that can be), it becomes readily apparent what a great singer she really is and that comparisons to the likes of Joplin are justified.” – John Kereiff, The Rock Doctor
“Hurricane Ruth more than lives up to her name and puts her blues down like it’s a matter of life or death. She’s pure, unadulterated, and believable in that way all great artists are and will instantly win a permanent spot in your record collection.” – Mike O’Cull, Rock and Blues Muse
“Hurricane Ruth has a voice that seems born of the blues yet destined to rock. A raw, powerful force ready and eager to tear apart whatever might stand in her way. This is a voice that bares all with each syllable.” – Michael Doherty’s Music Log
"Hurricane Ruth's seasoned voice, that Willie Dixon once described as "the only hurricane I can appreciate", sings the blues from a female's perspective, sharing stories of joy, strength, heartache, and friendship." - Gloria Reiss, Blues Blast Magazine