Wall Street Journal Premieres New Mike + Ruthy Band Album, Accompanies Americana Radio Chart Debut
May 28, 2015 - The Wall Street Journal premieres the stunning new album from The Mike + Ruthy Band, Bright As You Can. “The 14-song collection spans folk, bluegrass, vintage country and just about everything else that falls under the catch-all heading of ‘Americana’” and is out next week on Humble Abode Music/Thirty Tigers. And after being one of the most added the last few weeks, the album debuts on the Americana Music Association radio charts this week at #31. Listen here.
As the Wall Street Journal piece explains, much of Bright As You Can explores the balance between Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar’s lives as traveling musicians and as parents raising two small children – 7-year-old son Willy and 3-year-old daughter Opal. As Ruthy tells the Journal, “every song touches on that a little bit, and I think that’s why it’s a really universal record. Even though our lifestyle is seemingly unique, it’s really not. It’s all the same stuff that other people are dealing with, just a slightly different landscape.”
The band will hit the road – with Willy and Opal in tow - in support of the new record, with festival stops at Mountain Jam and the Clearwater Festival. They’ll also have a run of dates opening for (and acting as backing band for) Kate Pierson of the B-52’s in July and will be opening for the Avett Brothers in Vermont on 8/1. Full list of tour dates here.
Bright As You Can is already getting early praise from press, here’s what we’ve been hearing:
“This is a record about what it is to be human. It's a record about what it is to have an inextricable allegiance to tradition, while feeling compelled to speak for oneself. It's a record that will grab you, that won't let you go.”
“On their upcoming Bright As You Can LP, the duo rumbles and tumbles their way through 14 finely crafted tunes that roam effortlessly through the whole span that is Americana, from alt-country to folk to bluegrass. There's even an echo or two of R&B going on in the set.”
“Bright As You Can seems to be honoring the great musical traditions of the past while at the same time welcoming, with open arms, the future of what music can be.”