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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

Levon Helm Birthday Tribute.

This past Friday we had the honor joining an all-star cast at Levon Helm Studios "home of the midnight ramble" for a beauiful and scortching tribute to Levon in honor of what would have been his 75th birthday. What a crew!  

 Photo by Tania Barricklo

Photo by Tania Barricklo

The Mike + Ruthy Band is tied for third with Rhett Miller with Black Prairie with 12 adds at AAA radio in our first week.  Stoked. 

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Folk Alley Premieres 3rd Single: "Rock On Little Jane"

This morning Folk Alley premiered "Rock On Little Jane," calling it "A fist-raising, you can do it, don't ever stop trying anthem, one that inspires all kids, no matter how old we are, to sing along."  

We are so grateful for all the great early reviews that have been rolling in in advance of our 6/2 release date!  Read the whole review and stream the premiere here.  

Pre-order "Bright As You Can" on iTunes today!   

No Depression Review + SONG PREMIERE!

We are big fans of "roots music authority" No Depression.  Turns out we have some fans over there as well! Check out the premiere of our second single "What Are We Waiting For" and a GREAT album review by Kim Ruehl.

"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"