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by Melissa Ruth

Meteor documents life in perpetual motion using the space of blues, the teeth of country and the grit of rock ‘n’ roll.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. West
2:47 $0.99
2. Long Haul Heartbreak
3:44 $0.99
3. Meteor
4:37 $0.99
4. Goodbye Again
4:22 $0.99
5. Broken Heart
3:46 $0.99
6. Sugar Pill
5:49 $0.99
7. Free Your Life
3:35 $0.99
8. Hey Mr. Bartender
3:33 $0.99
9. Take It All
5:58 $0.99
10. The Knot
4:51 $0.99
11. You Are Not Alone
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Album Notes
"There is an old soul vibe to her music, but she also comes across as contemporary in a way that brings to mind the quieter work of acts like the Alabama Shakes." -Glide Magazine

Melissa Ruth’s music lies somewhere along that stretch of sonic highway where Americana and blues converge into one long, sometimes lonesome road. But Ruth likes to detour toward a place she prefers to call “doo-wop twang” — a sound that contains, in her words, “the space of blues, the teeth of country and the grit of rock ‘n’ roll.” Of course, the highway is more than metaphor for Ruth, who puts 30,000 miles a year on her car as a teacher and traveling performer, carrying her music and messages to audiences well beyond her rural Oregon home.

Much of the album is inspired by Ruth’s travels, the country’s current social climate, affairs of the heart, and struggles both internal and external. Wonder at the ephemeral nature of stars — and life — inhabits the tunes she pens, sung in a moody alto colored with infinite shades of blue. And there is plenty of doo-wop twang, of course.



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Joe Ross, Roots Music Report

A rootsy, powerful album
Melissa Ruth’s music is captivating, and she takes a visceral approach to writing, singing and playing rhythm guitar. Emotionally intense songs like “West,” “Goodbye Again,” “The Knot” and “Free Your Life” reflect on the complexities of her journeys, perspectives, challenges and cures. Packing a passionate punch, the album rewards listeners with songs that are concisely constructed. Ruth and her accomplices (Johnny Leal – guitar; Rick DeVol – bass; Simon Lucas – drums) clearly have blues influences but refuse to neatly fit into any one musical niche. Their brand of Americana (self-labelled “Doo-Wop Twang”) is structurally solid. Perhaps a few songs could’ve been enhanced with some vocal harmony and additional instrumentation (like pedal steel, organ, horns or fiddle), but Ruth doesn’t let commercial demands detract from her music as she hears it. Some concertina was added to “Broken Heart” to channel a bit of bayou country. A rootsy, powerful album, “Meteor” showcases Melissa Ruth’s soulful talent. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)