Critics and fans hail their shows as powerful, raw, emotional and dynamic. The band’s contagious energy is evident in their live shows. The center of this energy is Hurricane Ruth LaMaster herself. Ruth is a captivating performer, who will grab your attention from note one and never let you go! Willie Dixon once told Ruth “You’re the only hurricane I can appreciate”.
Ruth LaMaster acquired the name Hurricane Ruth from the fact that no one believed that such a large sound could come out of such a small woman! Ruth has performed with Maynard Ferguson and his orchestra, Adrian Belew, and Louis Belson. Ruth has been a support act for John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Taj Mahal, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Sam & Dave, Fenton Robinson, and most recently; Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Royal Southern Brotherhood, and Ronnie Baker Brooks. Ruth’s vocals are deeply rooted in traditional blues, but make no mistake, she can rock the house! Ruth has opened renowned rockers: Heart, Judas Priest, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, Steppenwolf & Loverboy, just to name a few. Ruth is the total vocal package! Ruth is joined by: David Lumsden (lead guitar), Gary Davis (bass guitar), and Jim Engel (drums). These three excellent musicians perfectly complement Ruth’s vocals.
Born on the River, Hurricane Ruth’s 2nd album, is an eclectic group of eleven original songs that was released in September 2014. Born on the River is intense and heavy with the same energy as a live Hurricane Ruth performance. It is receiving national and international acclaim, and was nominated for the IBC Best Self-Produced CD 2015. Born on the River has consistently ranked on The Roots Music Report, as well as many other national and international charts.
Their 1st album, The Power of the Blues…Feels like a Hurricane, was released in 2012.
They were a 2012 International Blues Challenge participant.