Hey October, it’s Memphis Means Music Month

Posted by Holly Whitfield | October 1st 2013 705 0

October in Memphis means mostly lovely weather punctuated by crazy thunderstorms. It means about a hundred festivals and events, many involving beer. It means ladies optimistically wearing tights (I want to wear them too, but guys, it's still 82 degrees).


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It also means music. In October, the Memphis Music Foundation celebrates Memphis Means Music Month (M3 Month) by inviting people to a ton of events where you can hear/learn about Memphis music. For a full list of associated events, go here  and scroll down past the calendar.

Throughout October, I'll be talking about past and present Memphis musicians in honor of M3 Month. I hope you find some new favorite tunes. Today's Memphis artist is Faith Evans Ruch.

Faith is a registered nurse who picked up a guitar a few years back after years of work and school had her hankering for a new hobby. Hobby turned into passion, which then turned into a record. She worked with a slew of Memphis music greats to produce her first album at Music + Arts Studio, including Kevin Houston (North Mississippi Allstars, Lucero, Patty Griffin).

The eleven-song album also features Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars, Black Crowes) and Rick Steff (John Prine, Cat Power, Lucero). My friend John Miller at the MMF describes the songs as "gliding gracefully across the hills and valleys of the South's sonic spectrum" with a "deeply personal lyrical approach."

If you like Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and John Prine, you might like Faith Evans Ruch. Listen to her album "1835 Madison" (a nod to the old Neil's) on Spotify, Amazon, and online at faithevansruch.bandcamp.com

Information and quotes provided by the Memphis Music Foundation.


Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Katie says:

    I'm interested in hearing her but can't find her on iTunes…

  2. Adrienne says:

    Faith is great! She performs with 3Artists1Yard, too!

  3. Holly Whitfield says:

    Katie – Faith's album isn't on iTunes just yet – sorry about that! You can still listen to it/buy it at iTunes, Amazon, and listen to the whole thing on her bandcamp page.

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