OUT IN THE STORM: Ruth Purves Smith and the 581
CD RELEASE PARTY SHOWS
April 17: The Den, University of Calgary, Calgary AB
April 18: Ironwood Stage & Grill, Calgary AB
May 7: The Axis Cafe, Edmonton, AB
The Stunning Debut from Ruth Purves Smith… Ruth Purves Smith and the 581 are on the radar! Don’t miss this wonderfully endearing Canadian country music group as they release their amazing debut album. Playing release shows in Calgary and Edmonton, Ruth and the band promise a rollicking country rock party for anyone and everyone, so come join in the fun! Contact ModMay Promotions for further details or press opportunities with the talented and dearly loved Ruth Purves Smith and the 581.
Ruth Purves Smith grew up rambling the prairie highways between her cultured mother’s urban home and her father and stepmother’s antique woolen mill rural home, and the paradox is evident in her sound and style. While the stories may appear to be simple, traditional country, they are supported by a sound that pulls influence from the city; complicated, restless and sometimes loud.
Grouping together with the 581, Ruth recorded her debut solo album ‘Out In The Storm’ after years with various bands in and around Alberta. It’s one of those long time coming albums and to all who hear it, is well timed yet way overdue! Built on a foundation of driving, electric country rock, laced with banjo, harmonica and acoustic guitar, Ruth constructs spine tingling imagery and emotion with her lyrics, and the entire package takes you through the gamut of emotions. From the heart-wrenching acoustic-turned-rock “Godzilla”, also released as a professionally produced High Definition Video, to the summertime feel of “Ride Around”, and the steady beats of “Out In The Storm Part I”, the songs engage listeners from start to finish. Recorded at Glow Music Arts in Calgary, AB and produced by Craig Newnes, Out In The Storm is a dynamic and enthralling album and Ruth Purves Smith and the 581 are proud to show the world. Ruth’s musical career is vast and diverse.
Starting off from answering an ad for a “girl country singer” for Frank James, a slighty nuts one man band, Ruth moved to band incarnations Rodeo-A-Go-Go and Roadside Turnout, highlighted by a performance at the Calgary Folk Music Festival, before taking time to raise her young child. By 1996 after the birth of her second child, Ruth was ready to strike out on her own musically, and began performing solo at various clubs, events, and festivals among such well knowns as Fred Eaglesmith, Jann Arden, The Fates, and Willie P. Bennett. Over the years she has continued to play her own music, loving the writing process and not always playing other people’s music anymore, though she still loves to join in on a jam and belt out a few covers or traditional numbers. Loving the rural Alberta life, Ruth is a true symbol of Canadiana country music!