Demonstrating guitar virtuosity with powerful fingerpicking, bottleneck slide, and a warm alto voice Ruth presents a mix of originals with poignant lyrics as well as well-crafted instrumental arrangements of classics ranging from Doc Watson, Etta Baker, Miles Davis, Leo Kottke to Thelonious Monk.
Ruth Wyand has achieved a level of diversity that has exceeded the expectations of audiences around the world. Her guitar virtuosity is demonstrated by dynamic fingerpicking, bottleneck slide and a warm alto voice. She plays a mix of Americana, jazz, blues, folk, country augmented by Piedmont and bluegrass clawhammer fingerpicking. Playing well-crafted instrumental arrangements of classics ranging from Doc Watson, Etta Baker, Jimi Hendrix, Leo Kottke to Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington and Nina Simone, each song, no matter how different has a firm Ruth Wyand stamp of style on it.
Her songwriting is universal, timeless, relatable, emotionally resonant, sometimes witty, sometimes serious but always human and genuine.
Wyand has toured extensively throughout the United States, Britain, New Zealand, Kuwait and France and has won numerous awards for guitar and songwriting including the Gamble Rogers Fingerstyle Guitar Competition, the South Florida Folk Festival Songwriting Competition and the Hank Williams Songwriting Award.
“To sit and listen to Ruth Wyand is the opportunity to gently experience the best of Americana, Blues, Jazz, and Folk along with her great style of storytelling”.
ACMA (Americana Community Music Association)
"We hosted Ruth Wyand recently at our house concert series and we were blown away! Her songwriting is stellar, but her guitar artistry is even more amazing! We’ve hosted house concerts for at least 8 years and presented top-level performers. Ruth got the very first standing ovation we’ve ever had—she’s fabulous!" (Suzyn Mills First Settlement House Concert Marietta OH)
“Wyand’s shows and recordings demonstrate some serious guitar playing and passionate singing. She also displays a sense of humor that ranges from the rather subtle to practically in your face. That being said, she will bring a smile to your face or a tear to your eye if you focus on the lyrics. If you focus on the musicianship, her skillful command of the fretboard will impress every guitarist in the room”… Roots/Americana Guitar
Ruth Wyand is a premier guitar player, songwriter, and gutsy singer. Her picking style, bottleneck slide, and powerful vocals are a treat you won’t want to miss”. Grady Ormsby - South East Regional Folk Alliance, Down East Folk Club
"Ruth Wyand is an incredibly talented musician with a style all her own. her guitar playing blew us away! She had us captivated from start to finish. Sprinkling her performance with stories from her life on the road -- and engaging with her audience in such a natural and easygoing manner. Ruth is as kind and courteous as she is talented. Communication with her prior to the show was easy. We would welcome her back with open arms."
M. Tyler - CommuniTea Listening Room