"Her mom liked the down and dirty blues and her dad was a fan of the big band sound. Ruth logically ended up with a love for both styles."
"The EP’s name, “Winds of Change,” sums up LaMasters’ musical evolution — coming full-circle back to her roots."
““Winds of Change is a blockbuster, very good!! Leaves you wanting more!””
““Winds of Change is very impressive…very, very impressive!””
"Pipes like this are what people are hearing when they refer to someone “belting out the blues”. “
““Like Janis Joplin, Mama Cass, and Bessie Smith, Hurricane Ruth's gale-force vocal delivery and wall-of-sound blues commands attention from even the most jaded music listener.””
““What you have here is 11 slabs of pure wake-up music, but no matter how big the power trio can sound, Hurricane Ruth is the locomotive!””
““Ruth LaMaster native of Beardstown, Illinois has a powerful voice that could allow her to excel in a directory of rockin 'blues ala Ruth Brown / LaVern Baker.””
““The first time I heard this gem it knocked me out. It will always add up to a fantastic performance. She is a force to be reckoned with.””
"The eleven numbers are all band originals and they simply sear themselves into not only your brain but your sensitive eardrums as well”
““This is one of those CDs the first time you listen to it you can’t believe that every song is so good.””
““Born on the River rocks from start to finish, and serves notice that blues fans had better pay attention to Hurricane Ruth. Both the band and the vocalist are equally potent. “”
““This is a solid set of upbeat rocking blues.””
““I am blown away by Hurricane Ruth, every song got my toes tappin’.””
““This is a Midwest helping of bad ass, hard partying, whiskey drinking, right down to the gravel blues.””
““Hurricane Ruth is from south central Illinois where tropical cyclones don’t occur. But don’t tell her that. Ruth LaMaster undoubtedly earned her windy nickname from being a vocal force of nature.””
““The band from south-central Illinois handles the 11 originals like a Harley-Davidson peeling out. LaMaster's powerful delivery and Lumsden's wailing guitar sell each song with plenty of vinegar and salt.””
““Backed by a seriously rocking power trio, this is blues as loud, hot, sweaty, and ballsy as anything the guys are doing these days. Ruth is truly a “Hurricane”, trust me, she’s a Cat 5!””
““Ruth LaMaster is a Category 5. There will be some damage done! It’s probably too late to evacuate, so be prepared to be blown away.””
““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?””
““This is a band that comes from the school of blues that says play it from the heart and they hold nothing back. As for musicianship, they have spent ample time in the woodshed, honing their skills. This is a band that kicks major butt and takes names.””
““This is a seriously good album, one you need in your collection.””
"On “Born On The River,” Ruth gives ‘em just that–eleven originals with a decidedly-hard edge, perpetuated by the fiery guitar stylings of David Lumsden. Gary Davis and Jim Engel round out the foursome, on bass and drums, respectively, and they let Ruth’s mighty vocals lead the way."
"Solid stuff that fills the bill for any genre fan looking to rock out with a good 'ol gal that knows how to deliver."
"Hurricane Ruth should secure a place in the list of the most notable Blues ladies of the year."
"Ruth provides the powerful vocals that match up with the band's big rock and blues sound."
"Hurricane Ruth blows in as a force 5 hurricane with her power blues and support by a trio of musicians who are ready to keep the hurricane moving."
"Ruth LaMaster captivates listeners with her potent vocals. This lady gets the most out of every song and performance. Ruth is a petite lady , but her voice and onstage presence fills any venue she performs."
“Hurricane Ruth Unleashes New CD”
“Taking First Friday By Storm!”
“Hurricane Ruth, Glen Carbon vocalist, brings her act to Laurie's Place!”