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Tim Ruffo has been influenced by a variety of Outlaw Country icons such as Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash. He also found inspiration from Pink Floyd, Johnny Winter and the Rolling Stones. Growing up listening to his mother playing guitar and singing old country songs around a campfire, Tim had first hand exposure to music as an outlet and expression of life, whether it is during hard times or times to party hard. Tim left home at 16 years old, joining the Air Force. He traveled all the way to Alaska, meeting people and making memories, he learned how to live hard, work hard and play hard.
After recording his first solo album, “Take Me Away” in 2011, Tim Ruffo continued to play shows all over New York and Pennsylvania as a solo artist, with the Tim Ruffo Band and The Ruffo Brothers. Two years later, Tim decided it was time to get back in the studio and create more original music culminating in his most recent EP produced by Jeff DaBella. Auto Pilot Off (Def Jam/Universal)
and Dena (Sono Recording Group/Earl Cohen Productions), http://sonorecordinggroup.com/ http://www.earlcohenproductions.com
The August 2013 release “Long Long Day” moves you with the emotions connected to working hard, reconnecting with old friends, lost love, survival and hope. Tim Ruffo has opened up for Gretchen Wilson, Eddie Money and Joe Nichols as well as playing shows with Bloodshot artists The Deadstring Brothers and Whitey Morgan and the 78’s.
In the New Year, Tim aspires to share his music with a larger fanbase in the Northeast part of the country and garner a spot on an indie label. Tim is backed by his four-piece country rock band. Catching the Tim Ruffo Band on a live stage is sure to get you off your feet and dancing. The love of live performing is what Tim Ruffo is all about.