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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?

www.ruthwyand.com

ICON Magazine

With  just  her  guitar,  expressive voice,and footdrums, Ruth Wyand distills her music to the essence of the blues. Her less-is-more approach pays off on Tribe of One, an album of riveting originals and well-executed cover versions that showcases her skills aa guitarist.

An Atlantic City native now living in North Carolina, she displays nimble fingerpicking  on  “Bad  Mojo  (WorkingOvertime)” as she takes on the disruptive influence of modern technology. “Break The Curse”has her switching to electric guitar as Wyand details the futility of trying to shake off a romantic obsession.

Wyand  displays  jazz-like  phrasing on“The Last Nail,”a philosophical tale of death that references blues legend Robert Johnson (“My  hellhound   caught up with me”).She shows off her lighter side on “Better Off Alone” with bottleneck playing that’s reminiscent of early Bonnie Raitt and lyrics that recall MoseAllison.“I gave you a penny for your  thoughts,” she wryly notes. “Now I want my money back.”

 

Zicazic French Music Review

Finalist of the International BluesChallenge in 2017, semi-finalist in 2018, Ruth Wyand&

The Tribe Of One is a one-woman band from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, where blues

and Americana meet and give birth to interesting compositions and style.   Armed with guitars, resonators and foot percussions, Ruth Wyand stands right up along side of a number of Bluesmen.   Delicate in arpeggios, clever in chords, majestic in slide, the musician never hesitates to impress the listener by delivering a very successful version of Jimi Hendrix’s“Little Wing”but also revisiting Bob Dylan’s"Blind Willie McTell"and Piedmont guitarist Etta Baker's "Mint Julep”.  Add all this to her own beautiful luxurious compositions a combination of roots, blues of the Delta but also Americana and you get” Tribe ofOne", an album of great quality in which everyone will find something to enjoy with titles such as"BadMojo(Working Overtime)", "Help My Soul Survive", "I Don’t Have Proof", “BrokenWoman"or"OnThePorchWithEtta".If the one woman band is not popular in the current blues landscape, Ruth Wyand demonstrates with real talent that the formula has scope and even a real future, especially with a voice like hers, she could become a new Bessie Smith, Etta James or Memphis Minnie.

"La Hora del Blues" Barcelona

RUTH WYAND ‘TRIBE OF ONE’  BACK BAY BILL RECORDS

 In the dark, distant, and sometimes forgotten blues world, there were and still are some ‘one man band' who used and still travel here and there like music hobos only to delight people who come to listen to them, thanks to their musical quality and the knowledge they gather both playing various instruments and keeping alive the old blues songbook coming from the beginning of last century. What is not so common is to find a ‘one woman band’ as is Ruth Wyand. Besides a suggestive voice with a lively cheerful vocal range, Ruth plays acoustic and electric guitar, foot drums she beats with her feet plus other percussion instruments. Ruth comes now with this blues album where she has included eleven own songs plus three versions, "Little Wing" coming from Jimi Hendrix, "Blind Willie McTell" by Bob Dylan and "Mint Julep" by Etta Baker, all in a repertoire where Wyand feels comfortable and moves in an easy way. Ruth has power enough to give free rein to her poetry, wit and creativity and she does it in a rich pragmatic way, sometimes joyful and other times a little bit gloomy, but always with a good, simple and straight display which, with very few things, are enough to make listeners fall in love with her. VERY GOOD.

Reflections In Blue 

 Ruth Wyand & the Tribe of One

Moon Me Music/Back Bay Bill Records

  No one knows Ruth better than Ruth herself so, in her own words..." 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." As I consider Hendrix to be a bluesman of the highest order, who am I to deny such a sweet young thing her little flights of fancy?  Her overall style is definitely blues...that's one thing certain.  When I first put  this disc in the player, she won my heart.  Here is a woman armed with guitar, foot percussions, a voice like velvet and a fingerpicking and slide style that hearkens to much earlier era.  With the exception of one tune each from Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Etta Baker, everything on the album was written by Wyand.  This woman, who now hails from North Carolina, sounds like a full band...and a damned good one.  I have to chuckle 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

Website - https://www.ruthwyand.com/

Zeitgeist UK

A one woman band from the delightfully named Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Ms Wyand is certainly a remarkably gifted musician.

Whether it’s finger picking or playing slide while stomping out her strong percussive backing the acoustic blues on offer here is a real delight. It’s nearly all original with eleven of her own songs alongside three covers by Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Etta Baker. To be honest I could have happily lived without the covers as her own ‘Bad Mojo (Working Overtime)’, ‘Better Off Alone’ and ‘Till It’s Safe To Go Outside’ far exceed the outside material. But I suppose you’ve got to try and bring in the curious so ‘Little Wing’ and ‘Blind Willie McTell’ might just do that.

Very few of the songs get past the three minute mark which is a Very Good Thing in a world where average songs get dragged out way past the point of pain. No chance of that happening here as it’s case of wham bam, thank you ma’am, and on to the next story. If you do like your blues acoustic and rural in style you’ll be hard pushed to find a better example this year. Highly recommended.

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