Ruth Wyand 2017 International Blues Challenge Finalist


Ruth Wyand is an award winning fingerpicker, slide player, vocalist, songwriter and foot-drummer from Kill Devil Hills, NC. Competing with 110 other acts in the 2017 International Blues Challenge (solo/duo category) Ruth was the only woman to make it to the finals and play on the main stage at the Orphiem Theatre in Memphis

Her playing echos the tones of Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Doc Watson and Hound Dog Taylor.

Ruth generates enough power to fuel a full band explosion with her powerful yet intricate picking style augmented by her alternating thumb bass, bottleneck slide, multiple foot drums and raw blues vocals.

She has toured throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand, the UK and The Middle East performing at Festivals, Colleges, Universities, Theaters, Community Centers, Libraries and Blues and Jazz clubs. Sharing the stage with John Hammond, Debi Davies, Papa Chubby, Ronnie Earl, Little Feat, Honey Boy Edwards, Little Charlie and The Night Cats and Leon Russell.

In addition to touring Ruth owns and operates a music school in Kitty Hawk, NC and she is the music director of two non-profit organizations. The Mustang Outreach Program: a “school of rock” that teaches middle school and High School kids to play together in bands and “Dare to Care” - adult music classes for the Veterans and special needs community in Dare County NC.

Ruth has written and performs three ‘performance documentaries’
‘Mama’s Got The Blues‘: the lives and songs of Blues and Jazz women from the early 1900’s to the present. She performed throughout New Zealand with the show in 2016. It was also featured at the Garden State Film Festival in 2015.
‘Through Their Voices’ : the lives and music of of several of North Carolina women musicians and activists. She tours throughout the state as a part of the North Carolina Humanities Council’s 2016 and 2017 Roads Scholar Program.
‘A Journey Down An American Music Highway’ : The history of American music from the Civil War to the present. She’s performed this show for the US Embassy’s Cultural Exchange Program in Kuwait and also presented a series of concerts, lectures and workshops on American Music styles to the people of Kuwait and at a Bedouin Village in Al Jahra.

She was the recipient a Dare County Arts Council grant for a Blues in the Schools program.
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