'Ruth & Max in Concert' virtual musical event is slated for January 25

Mark your calendar for a virtual music performance with “Ruth & Max in Concert: Live for the Library!” This free, virtual music performance will be at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 25.

Visit hackleylibrary.org or Hackley Public Library’s Facebook page or feel free to stop by HPL or call with questions (231-722-8000).

Ruth and Max celebrate 40 years of performing acoustic Americana, with roots in folk, bluegrass, and traditional Country music.

Ruth was a winner of Merlefest’s Chris Austin Song Writing competition in 2003 with her gospel number, By The River.

The pair's 2010 CD release, Turn Back a Page reached No. 5 on the Folk DJ Airplay Chart with 4 songs in the top 100 for that year.

A Youtube video featuring Michigan Girl, a track from that CD, has been viewed over 360,000 times.

The pair has toured in southern France nearly every year since 2008. A live CD was released in 2012 and a Christmas EP in 2015. The couple released their sixth full length CD, On A Canvas Painted Blue, in October 2017.

The two have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart.
They immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music.

In 1997 Ruth and Max released Ruth’s first CD, Jewel Of My Heart. Two more “solo” CDs followed to rave reviews.

Ruth’s songs have also been recognized by the South Florida Folk Festival, the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, the Lake Superior Big Top Chautaqua, and Mike Pinder’s Songwars. Ruth has lead songwritng workshops at the Wheatland Music Festival and the WMO Spring Traditional Arts Weekend, has showcased her songs at the IBMA World of Bluegrass, and has assisted Bluegrass Songwriter Committee head Louisa Branscomb in bluegrass songwriter song circles.

Ruth’s resonant alto has been compared to Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt, and Kathy Mattea.