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Hurricane Ruth unleashes new CD By KRISTA WILKINSON-MIDGLEY Of The Edge Listeners will feel the full force of power blues band Hurricane Ruth in the group’s debut CD “The Power of the Blues...Feels Like a Hurricane,” which was released last month. The band is back in Illinois after recently competing in the International Blues Challenge located on Memphis’ historic Beale Street. “It was pretty incredible. We won the People’s Choice and the Venue’s Choice awards. It tells us that the masses like what we’re doing,” said lead singer Ruth LaMaster. Other members of Hurricane Ruth include Gary Davis on bass, Jim Engle on drums and David Lumsden on lead guitar. The band is based out of Glen Carbon. LaMaster said the CD, which was delivered straight to the band on Beale Street, has so far been received very well. An official CD release party is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 31 at Laurie’s Place (Back

Bar), 228 N. Main St. in Edwardsville. The band is currently enjoying a welldeserved break after several hectic months spent recording the album in Chicago at the end of November last year followed by several weeks promoting it. LaMaster described making the album as “very hard work” with 12-hour days spent in the studio. She said they used a 1950s ribbon microphone to give her voice an old school flavor reminiscent of the 1950s and ‘60s. They also recorded everything live with limited dubbing and processing. “We did about three to four takes on each song, and we picked the best take... I think it gives you a good feel for what it’s like to be at a Hurricane Ruth show,” she said. “We didn’t want it to come off slick. Blues played live is very in your face.” In your face is a good way to describe Hurricane Ruth’s sound. This is not melancholy blues you listen to in the dark by yourself. This is full on rocking blues that, according to the album’s cover, is meant to be “played loud.” LaMaster said her favorite

song on the album is “Roll Little Sister,” which she describes as “empowering.” “It’s kind of a victory song for women who have come out of abusive relationships,” she said. While not biographical at all, LaMaster said the song was inspired by women she has known who have come from abusive situations. “I’ve always had a soft spot for battered and abused women. I’ve had friends in these situations,” she said. “No Worries” has a slower, laidback pace that brings to mind the more traditional sounds of the blues. It’s a breezy track that recalls the blues of days gone by. “It has a vibe of what I grew up listening to,” said LaMaster. She said the song was nostalgic but with a sarcastic cutting edge to it. The intro by guitarist Lumsden was especially impressive. LaMaster said Lumsden, who she has known and played with for many years, is one of the finest blues guitarists around. “David is drawn to the blues. He is really a very fine guitar player,” she said.

The album was produced by Andon T. Davis. LaMaster said working with Davis made the recording experience far less intimidating. “He is just a phenominal musician. We knew that he would do right by us. He was diligent with the engineer to get the sounds that we wanted. It was very easy for us to trust him. Not many bands have that luxury of getting that exact sound that they want,” said LaMaster. In addition to the CD launch party, Hurricane Ruth will make several appearances at blues festivals and competitions throughout the summer. They will next appear at the Blues, Brews, and BBQ's Festival in Champaign on June 30. For more information about Hurricane Ruth or to order a copy of the CD, visit the band’s website at www.reverbnation. com/hurricaneruth or their Facebook page by searching Hurricane Ruth. The CD is currently available from iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.

Tuning in The Fox to host Chickenfoot

Chickenfoot, the super group featuring guitarist Joe Satriani, drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony and front man Sammy Hagar have announced A Different Devil Tour in continued support of their newest record, "Chickenfoot III" Hardrockers Black Stone Cherry have been tapped to support.  "The Foot are road tested and ready to roll and can’t wait to play the new songs for the fans!" says front man Sammy Hagar. The band's second hit single, "Different Devil" has hit #13 with a bullet on the Mediabase Mainstream Rock Chart and #5 on the Mediabase Classic Rock Chart.  This will be the bands first full US run since 2009. Chickenfoot will perform at the Fox at 7:30 p.m. on May 23 at 7:30 pm Tickets are $45 and $55 and may be purchased at the Fox Box Office, by calling 314/534-1111 or online at

www.metrotix.com.

Clarkson to appear at the Fox

Global superstar Kelly Clarkson announces her highly anticipated Stronger Tour 2012 in support of her fifth studio album, Stronger, which was released on Oct. 24. The first leg of her world tour kicks off with a North American 40 plus city trek beginning in Mashantucket, CT on Jan. 13, with special guest Matt Nathanson. Clarkson will appear on March 16 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Tickets are available at the Fox Box Office or metrotix. com. The album, Stronger, debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 2 on the Digital Albums Chart. All 5 of Kelly’s albums have debuted in the Top 3. The first single, “Mr. Know It All” has reached No. 4 on the iTunes Singles Chart and marks Kelly’s ninth Top 10 hit on the Billboard

Hot 100. Kelly recently won a Country Music Association award for Musical Event of the Year with Jason Aldean, for their hit single “Don’t You Wanna Stay.” Entertainment Weekly calls Stronger, “a breakup album for the ages” while Billboard states, “she’s in her strongest form yet on fifth album Stronger.” The New York Times claims, “Ms. Clarkson is turning into the Mary J. Blige of pop,” while USA Today says “vocally, Clarkson has never sounded better.” Rolling Stone states Kelly has, “one of music’s most remarkable voices.” Since bursting onto the music scene 10 years ago, Kelly Clarkson has released five studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger), sold over 20 million albums worldwide, 10 million albums in the US and has had 9 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of 2 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Awards, 1 Country Music Award and 11 Billboard Awards.

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