Memphis Music Feature: Faith Evans Ruch
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).
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.