Ruth Wyand & The Tribe of One


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Ruth Wyand: Tribe of One
by George W. Harris • December 10, 2018 • 0 Comments
There aren’t a lot of female acoustic blues artists around, so this album by Ruth Wyand is a breath of fresh air. She has a Rory Block feel to her playing, but as an added plus she even plays foot drums while singing and playing a wide variety of guitars. Her voice is earnest, earthy and rural relaxed on this mix of originals and a couple of covers.
Of the latter, she is cozy and fun on “One Mint Julep” while picking notes
of indigo’d crystal on Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” and grinning on Bob
Dylan’s “Blind Willie McTell.” Her slide work can either boogie on the
jumping “100 Proof” and get down and lonesome for “Better Off Alone.”
Her strings cry as they bend on the electric guitar for “I Don’t Have Proof”
and the whine on the acoustic “Till It’s Safe To Go Outside,” all the while
spinning stories with the relaxed cadence of the village minstrel. Her sole instrumental, the closing “On The Porch With Etta,” makes you beg for an entire album of informal and back porch slides and picks. Any West Coast tours on the horizon?

... This voodoo chile is one killer breath of fresh air.  A one woman band, this white girl with the blues writes and sings like you haven’t heard in a while and she’s got the non stop chops to pin your ears back---in a good way, in no time flat.  This one person tornado is a tribute to the human spirit showing just how far you can go when you take off the only limiting force----yourself.  If you think acoustic folk blues isn’t your thing, this set will change your mind.  Totally killer stuff throughout.
Chris Spector  Midwest Record 

..." a solo performer with a guitar, tambourine, and two drums going simultaneously. She sings like an angel, plays guitar like a demon, and her percussion creates a mighty sound. I’ve caught a few one-person bands over the years with mixed results. Wyand is undoubtedly one of the best I’ve seen". John Porter WCVE Radio
"Her vocal range is nearly limitless, and her delivery is heartfelt without sounding desperate.What really sets Wyand apart from her contemporaries is her deft manipulation of the slide guitar."
Angelina Sciolli - The Phila. Music Forum
Honestly, when we think of a one-person band, the first performer to come to mind was ol’ Joe Hill Louis from the glory days of Sam Phillips and Sun Records.  Ruth Wyand, tho, is totally different.   She’s poised, polished, and speaks the blues with power and conviction, and, with Ruth, a “Tribe Of One” is all you need for a set of great blues!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 "Wyand's entertainment value exceeded my expectations. Her ability to turn a lyric repeatedly captured the humor or drama that the song required".  Allen Stratton - 
NY Club Check 
...."when I think of the reviews I've done for folks who recorded in their studios, playing one track after another.  Move over fellas, Ruth Wyand's here to show you how it's done.  This woman is an exceptional guitarist, playing and singing what she knows with power and passion.  What's not to like?  As I listened to the album, I was reminded of the likes of Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith.  This is as good as it gets, short of catching her show.  Do yourself a favor and don't pass this one by. - Bill Wilson Reflections in Blue

"Ruth displays a sense of humor that ranges from the rather subtle to practically in your face". Rambles
"Unlike most guitarslingers, Ruth knows how to avoid a steady flow of meaningless riffs"
"Possessing a powerful voice and the ability to mix jazz runs with primal delta slide guitar,  has always been her forte.                                               
Chip Lamey - 
Juke Joint Notes
 "One doesn't have to search too far to recognize that Wyand has a great talent as a songwriter, as well as superior abilities both vocally and as a guitarist".                                                                                             Kevin Boyce
 - Friday Morning Quarterback
 "Wyand's lyrics don't just describe situations: they create moods – as does her music                                                            Peter Key - press of Atlantic City

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