RUTHIE and the WRANGLERS BIO
 

Azalea City Recordings’ Artists, Ruthie & the Wranglers, play rockin' American Roots music (also known as FUN!) and are based in the Washington, DC area. After 25 Years of Wrangler Twang, including touring, radio airplay, and releasing six albums, the band remains a cornerstone of the DC roots music scene. From original Americana Country to rousing Surf instrumentals, their clever lyrics, high energy and spritely hillbilly harmonies set them apart from the rest. The band has released 6 CDs, most recently, “Ruthie and the Wranglers LIVE at Goose Creek”


Ruthie and The Wranglers’ albums have consistently ranked high on Americana, Folk and Roots music radio charts around the world. Their clever songwriting skills were penned by Billboard Magazine as “...nothing short of brilliant,” Dirty Linen, No Depression and The Washington Post raved about their previous CD “Americana Express.”

     

The band is a 5-piece—including guitars, piano, bass and drums—showcasing their dynamic three-part harmonies and original songs.


On Americana Express, Andy Rutherford, shows off his baritone guitar on
“In The Tank”—a revved up rocker featuring lyrics and vocals by Logsdon, Hardin and Starks! Accordion adds Tex-Mex flavor to “Life and Death and Hope and Dreams,” a tune penned by Greg Hardin.


On the newest LIVE CD, Surftilicus shows off guitarist Andy Rutherford and the tune, being standout at live shows, made it a must to include on the LIVE CD. Pianist Bill Starks adds his timely sing-along anthem about staying “one step ahead of the Repo Man” and a lonesome love song “300 Miles to Memphis” (WAMA 2011 Song of the Year) and Ruthie’s “Ka-Ching” ribs you with it’s tongue and cheek delivery about one way to get rich off of a rocky relationship. Goose Creek's recording prowess and stage production have captured the raw energy and excitement that only a live show can foster. A well-balanced variety of original tracks featuring all 3 songwriters and vocalists make for a fantastic one-stop listening experience for Wrangler fans. The CD also includes a rousing version of (Ruthie's hero) Loretta Lynn's "You Wanna Give Me a Lift" and a rock 'em sock 'em do over of "I Got a Rocket in My Pocket" made famous by NRBQ and Johnny Horton—penned by Ruthie's 3rd cousin Jimmie Logsdon.

The Rock and Roll swing style of “Ka-Ching,” the humor in “I’m So Sad Since You Left Me” and the lament “Last Morning,” keep the album sparkling with diversity.

 

RESUME: Recent Awards: Ruthie and the Wranglers have been awarded more than 30 Washington Area Music Awards including: Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (Someday) and Song of the Year and in February 2012 the band received emeritus status.

Media: The Nashville Network: "Crook and Chase," "This Week in Country Music" and Prime Time Country ...appeared on every TV network in the Washington, DC area as well as coverage in other states and internationally ...been featured in Billboard, No Depression, Blue Suede News, Pollstar, Gavin, Dirty Linen, Associated Press and other national and international publications ...been aired on over 200 radio stations internationally including Americana and variety formats and have ranked in the Top 10 on the Americana Radio Charts.-

Concert Highlights: "Strathmore Hall," "Blueridge BBQ Festival," "BlackRock Center for the Arts," "Jam on the River," "AMJAM" American Music Festival, 10th Annual "Rocky Gap Music Festival," "Chicago Country Music Festival, "Riverbend Festival," "Six Flags America Country Music Festival," "Crystal River Jam," "Jim Beam Country Caravan."

Past Performance Venues: Jovita's, Continental Club, Opal Dinine's, - Austin; Jack of the Wood - Asheville NC; Exit Inn, Opry Plaza, Wild Horse Saloon - Nashville; Rodeo Bar - NYC; Skipper's Smokehouse - Tampa and others. DC Area venues: The Birchmere, Strathmore, 9:30 Club, Gypsy Sally’s, State Theatre, IOTA Club & Café, Jammin' Java, Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Roots Cafe, Chick Hall's Surf Club, Barns of Wolf Trap, Bethesda Blues & Jazz, The Hamilton, Rams Head On Stage, Arena Stage and more.

Recordings - CDs: “Ruthie and the Wranglers Live at Goose Creek” on Goose Creek Music label, "Americana Express" and "Someday," on Azalea City Recordings, "Ruthie and the Wranglers Live at Chick Hall's Surf Club," "Life's Savings" and "Wrangler City" on Lasso Records; 7" vinyl single on Spinout Records; and compilations by Rounder, Run Wild, Oasis Rock, "Americana Motel,"
"A Case for Case" a Peter Case Tribute album performing on Tom Russell track on the Hungry for Music label.

The Live Show: Take in a live show and find out why SC (South Carolina) Free Times penned Ruthie as a "twang queen of the highest order." She'll charm you with a heart felt ballad and shout out a rocker like a red hot pistol! Mathieu's standout guitar work will transcend you into new dimensions, off the beaten path of typical american music. If you're not having fun at a Ruthie and the Wranglers show, you'd better check your pulse!

Favorite Fan Quote: "I don't even like country music but I loooove Ruthie and the Wranglers!"

THE BAND: Lead vocalist and songwriter, Ruthie Logsdon, and her band have racked up 30 WAMMIES including Country Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year from the Washington Area Music Association. Ruthie grew up singing along at home with her Dad and his guitar and harmonica. Although geographically the Logsdons were city folks, they held family hoedowns singing Hank Williams & Jimmy Dickens at any opportunity. After attending Bluegrass festivals, a few private guitar lessons and watching Country TV stars like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton, Ruthie had enough influences from her rootsy background combined with her Rock ‘n’ Roll and Punk-influenced college days to create the beginning of Ruthie and the Wranglers. Add Ruthie’s favorite musicians and you get diverse talent and unstoppable energy. She was proud to discover she is related to the late Jimmie Lloyd Logsdon - Decca recording artist and author of “I Got a Rocket in My Pocket”... Ruthie is definitely carrying on a family tradition!

Greg Hardin, bassist, vocalist, and key songwriter, brings his lead vocals, backing harmonies and bullseye bass guitar beat to the band’s primo show. Greg has a passion for creating timeless lyrics with true musical spirit—his song Babe Ruth’s Piano” was named 2004 Song of the Year by WAMA.  Lead guitarist and award winning
multi-instrumentalist (elec. guitar, baritone guitar and steel guitar),
Andy Rutherford; pianist/vocalist/songwriter,
Bill Starks; and drummers Tom Fridrich or Robbie Magruder (Mary Chapin Carpenter/Lowen and Navarro) set the standard for quality musician-ship and high-powered “rock-ability."

Photos by Michael G. Stewarthttp://www.michephoto.com
Greg Hardinhttp://myspace.com/greghardinmusic

Andy

Rutherford

Bill Starks

Robbie

Magruder

Photos by Michael G. Stewarthttp://www.michephoto.comshapeimage_4_link_0