Join Ruth as she OPENS for Lyle Lovett at The Jack Singer Hall on September 22nd, 2014. She will perform an 1/2 hour solo show.
Ruthie & the band will be performing the middle set for this triple bill show!! Message Ruth for advance tickets!
As you may have already heard, a set of flood relief shows are happening in Calgary on October 11 & 12th, 2013 for internationally-renowned local guitarist Amos Garrett. Like many people in Southern Alberta, he was greatly impacted by the floods as a resident of High River and all genres of musicians have rallied to perform for this two day event. Amos has such acclaim that there are flood relief benefits happening across the nation; with this as the biggest event.
Sounds Like: Stevie Nicks, Lucinda Williams, Gretchen Peters
Manager: Jack Zenert
Bio: Ruth’s childhood rambled the prairie highways between urban and country homes. Her mother, a cultured English teacher, lived in the city, and her father and stepmother operated an antique woolen mill in Rural Alberta. This paradox is apparent in Ruth’s music. While the stories may appear to be si...See Full Bio
“Ruth Purves Smith went from leading pack horses into the Alberta wilderness to singing country songs for a rough and tumble crowd at Calgary’s notorious St. Louis Hotel. All it took was answering a quirky want ad seeking a “girl country singer.” Purves Smith, who performs on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the three-day Central Music Festival just outside Red Deer, recalled her abrupt initiation into the music business. It happened like this: she’d just come off a job of guiding horses for an outfitter near Carstairs when she decided to hone her campfire singing talents by replying to the advertisement in a Calgary newspaper in the fall of 1987. Purves Smith got a quick once-over from the male musician who’d placed the ad, and must have made the grade. Next thing you know, the then 20-year-old was standing on stage at the St. Louis Hotel, with bouffant hair and a mini-skirt, crooning country classics for his one-man band... ”