Ruth Wyand & The Tribe of One


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Ruth Wyand & The Tribe Of One is a one woman band from Kill Devil Hills, NC. that generate the power a full band, with her powerful yet intricate picking style, alternating thumb bass, bottleneck slide, multiple foot drums and raw blues vocals Ruth presents a full high-energy and engaging show playing an eclectic mixture of styles of blues & Americana originals.

From juke joints to jazz clubs this award-winning blues fingerpicker, slide player and
singer/songwriter draw on her deep love of American roots music to demonstrate her strengths as a guitarist, singer and songwriter.

I am a guitar player who sings and writes and has a sarcastic sense of humor. Throughout my 100 or so years of playing I haven’t been able to lock in on a style that fits neatly into a specific category. If I have to classify it my music is defiantly Blues Americana, Roots, singer/songwriter, blue jazz, contemporary folk with a little Hendrix.

I grew up in a family with six sisters and two bothers. With eleven people in a small four bedroom, one and half bath house there were a lot of musical influences You might ask yourself ‘self’ how did a white girl from Atlantic City, NJ learn the blues?
The answer is “white flight”. When I was about ten years old my perfect little white neighborhood went from 100% white to 99% Black. My family was the only family that refused to relocate. One of my new neighbors was a guy name Mr. Mac from Durham NC. He was a huge black man with a huge heart and a strong love for family, church and blues music. On my way to the bus stop for my guitar lesson on Saturday mornings I would pass by Mr. Mac’s house. He would be working in his yard or washing his car and always listening to music a boom box. With my little guitar in the red and black plaid bag I would walk by and he would yell over to me “Ruthie go learn a blues song for me”. I had no idea what he was talking about. When I asked my guitar teacher what a blues song was he said it was Johnnie B. Goode slowed down. So I slowed it way down and played it for Mr Mac. He said yes “deep down Louisiana close to New Orleans” now that’s the blues alright but you need to hear a few more. He had a milk crate full of albums. I went through all of them studying every picture. Memphis Minnie holding a guitar, Big Mama Thornton ‘The Original Hound Dog’, Hound Dog Taylor with six fingers. He played cassette after cassette of blues, jazz, R&B, even Hank Williams, the Allman Brothers, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. I was intrigued, hooked and scared at the same time and I still am.

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