709 Washington Street, Durham, North Carolina 27701

Ruth Wyand & the Tribe of One

April 15, 2018  ·  Sunday * 5-7pm * NO Cover, donations accepted

 With one foot in the juke joints and one foot in the jazz clubs Ruth draws on American roots music to frame her lyrics and demonstrate her strengths as a guitarist, songwriter and vocalist. She regularly performs a range of originals, classics, and blues to acoustical versions of Jimi Hendrix songs.

International Blues Challenge semifinalist 2018                                                                                                    International Blues Challenge finalist 2017                                                                                                                  Natchel’ Blues Challenge Winner 2017 Triangle Blues Challenge Winner 2016
Natchel’ Blues Challenge 2nd Place 2016
Member of Blues Foundation
Member of Women In Blues                                                                                                                                          Member of the Americana Music Association (US and UK

Ruth Wyand is an award winning fingerpicker, slide player, vocalist, songwriter and foot-drummer from Kill Devil Hills, NC. Competing with 110 other acts in the 2017 International Blues Challenge (solo/duo category) Ruth was the only woman to make it to the finals and play on the main stage at the Orphiem Theatre in Memphis

Her playing echos the tones of Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Doc Watson and Hound Dog Taylor.

Ruth generates enough power to fuel a full band explosion with her powerful yet intricate picking style augmented by her alternating thumb bass, bottleneck slide, multiple foot drums and raw blues vocals.

She has toured throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand, the UK and The Middle East performing at Festivals, Colleges, Universities, Theaters, Community Centers, Libraries and Blues and Jazz clubs. Sharing the stage with John Hammond, Debi Davies, Papa Chubby, Ronnie Earl, Little Feat, Honey Boy Edwards, Little Charlie and The Night Cats and Leon Russell.

In addition to touring Ruth owns and operates a music school in Kitty Hawk, NC and she is the music director of two non-profit organizations. The Mustang Outreach Program: a “school of rock” that teaches middle school and High School kids to play together in bands and “Dare to Care” – adult music classes for the Veterans and special needs community in Dare County NC.

‘Mama’s Got The Blues‘: a performance documentary that Ruth wrote and performs about the lives and songs of Blues and Jazz women from the early 1900’s to the present. She’s performed the show throughout New Zealand and the US and it was also featured at the Garden State Film Festival in 2015. Ruth took the show to Kuwait for the US Embassy’s Cultural Exchange Program while also presenting a series of concerts, lectures and workshops on American Music styles to the people of Kuwait and at a Bedouin Village in Al Jahra.

Ruth was the recipient a Dare County Arts Council grant for a Blues in the Schools program.

….Ruth raises the bar in the ‘guitarist with foot drums’ genre with her intricate picking style augmented by her alternating thumb bass, bottleneck slide, multiple foot drums, and raw blues vocals.  Ruth generates enough power to fuel a full band explosion.  

….She is an award-winning fingerpicker, slide player, songwriter, and music historian from Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina.

….Beating a path to and from Juke Joints and Jazz clubs, Ruth performs at festivals, universities, and clubs across the US, UK, Europe, Kuwait, and New Zealand. 

Ruth’s goal is to be an innovator not an imitator. In finding ways to introduce new audiences to the blues by creating original and new material while preserving a tradition.  Being true to herself as a songwriter and to the blues community she plays songs from the classic blues musicians and originals that are relevant to our lives today.