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Hurricane Ruth is the ultimate blues rock experience! Hurricane Ruth originates from central/southern Illinois, packing venues throughout the region. Critics and fans hail their shows as powerful, raw, emotional and dynamic. The band’s contagious energy is evident in their live shows. The center of this energy 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 Ruth “You’re the only hurricane I can appreciate”.
Hurricane Ruth LaMaster started performing professionally in 1979, and found instant success. She acquired the name Hurricane Ruth from the fact that no one believed that such a large sound could come out of such a small woman! Ruth has performed with Maynard Ferguson and his orchestra, Adrian Belew, and Louis Belson. Ruth has opened for John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Taj Mahal, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Sam & Dave, Fenton Robinson, and most recently Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Royal Southern Brotherhood, Wayne Baker Brooks, and Ronnie Baker Brooks. 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, Eddie Money, Head East, Survivor, The Romantics. Ruth is the total vocal package! Ruth is joined by: David Lumsden (lead guitar), Gary Davis (bass guitar), and Jim Engel (drums). These three excellent musicians perfectly complement Ruth’s vocals.
Hurricane Ruth has performed at several festivals: Champaign Blues, Brews & BBQs (Champaign, IL); Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues (Bloomington, IL); Rollin’ on the River Blues Festival (Keokuk, IA); Old Capitol Blues & BBQ (Springfield, IL); Illinois Blues Festival (Peoria, IL); Round Barn Blues (Kirksville, MO); Hot August Blues Festival (Hardin, KY); Merchant Street Music Festival (Kankakee, IL); Taste of Downtown (Springfield, IL); Made In The Shade - 2nd Annual Nook Fest (Saybrook, IL). They were a 2012 International Blues Challenge participant, and King of Beale participant; they later returned to Beale Street in 2012 to perform at the Hard Rock Café. Their first album “The Power of the Blues…Feels like a Hurricane” was released in February 2012. It was nominated for the IBC Best Self-Produced CD in 2013. It finished in the top 10 of Germany’s Wasser-Prawda magazine’s “Reader’s Poll for Best Blues Rock CD” of 2012. The album placed 11th on WEFT’s (Champaign, IL) Top 50 Blues CDs for 2012 (ranked by number of spins). Their second album "Born on the River" is set to be released in September 2014. Hurricane Ruth is the ultimate blues rock experience!