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Tons of great reviews.

In the last month we've had some great reviews and features from the likes of The Associated Press, Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, Performer Magazine, Elmore Magazine, Pop Matters, Folk Alley, and Relix.  

Check out the links below! 

“'One of the year’s standout Americana albums."

Boston Globe

"In the vanguard of today’s vibrant folk revival."

- Pop Matters

"The 14-song collection spans folk, bluegrass, vintage country and just about everything else that falls under the catch-all heading of 'Americana.'” 

- Wall Street Journal

"Everything is masterfully performed as Mike Merenda and Ruthy Ungar sing about the charms of hard work, homemade wine and free parking. Amid the barn dance reverie created by fiddle, pedal steel, horns and more, Ruthy's versatile alto is the most glorious instrument of all."

- ABCnews

"It’s that ability to go beyond the boundaries that allow The Mike + Ruthy Band to temper their folk finesse and do so with such skill, they’re actually able to set themselves apart." 

- Elmore Magazine

"Cigarette gently faces the horrors of the world, praying that a good song will offer some kind of salvation.  These uplifting songs do."

- Relix

“Bright As You Can seems to be honoring the great musical traditions of the past while at the same time welcoming, with open arms, the future of what music can be.”

- Folk Alley

"True musicianship is alive and well."

- Performer Magazine (feature)

"On their upcoming Bright As You Can LP, the duo rumbles and tumbles their way through 14 finely crafted tunes that roam effortlessly through the whole span that is Americana, from alt-country to folk to bluegrass." 

The Bluegrass Situation

"This is a record about what it is to be human. It's a record about what it is to have an inextricable allegiance to tradition, while feeling compelled to speak for oneself. It's a record that will grab you, that won't let you go." 

No Depression