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Best of 2015

"The album that monopolized my speakers this year was from The Mike + Ruthy Band. Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar are perhaps better known to ND fans as the husband-and-wife duo who was a cornerstone of the Mammals. That classic folk band dominated the scene back 10 years or so ago, with their politically charged, old-time-infused raw and raucous folk music. For this new album, "Bright As You Can," they reunited most of the Mammals (sans Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, who's got his own thing going in New Orleans). The disc feels like home, like a bunch of players who know each other so well, they don't even have to think about it. Themes of family and reckoning prevail, woven through music that is as celebratory as it is contemplative. Because I have a two-year-old who dances hard to this music, I've listened to it almost every day, all year long, and it's never gotten stale or predictable." - No Depression, Kim Ruehl (Editor) 

"The album that monopolized my speakers this year was from The Mike + Ruthy Band. Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar are perhaps better known to ND fans as the husband-and-wife duo who was a cornerstone of the Mammals. That classic folk band dominated the scene back 10 years or so ago, with their politically charged, old-time-infused raw and raucous folk music. For this new album, "Bright As You Can," they reunited most of the Mammals (sans Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, who's got his own thing going in New Orleans). The disc feels like home, like a bunch of players who know each other so well, they don't even have to think about it. Themes of family and reckoning prevail, woven through music that is as celebratory as it is contemplative. Because I have a two-year-old who dances hard to this music, I've listened to it almost every day, all year long, and it's never gotten stale or predictable." - No Depression, Kim Ruehl (Editor)