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In The Beginning

by Rick Ruskin

Fingerstyle guitar playing not solely for other guitarists. The music is never overshadowed by technique.
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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1. 6-String Conspiracy
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2. Kudah Duxx
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3. Jamie & The Bunny
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4. I Left My Flute At Irving's
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5. Stealin' Home
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6. Gatlin
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7. Goin' & Rollin'
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8. A Minor Little Incident
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9. Rowena & The Nome
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10. B.K.'s Jig
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11. The Return Of The Flute
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12. Maze Music For Mice
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13. Microphone Fever
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14. C.C.'s Revenge
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15. Goofin' With Gary
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16. Ode To Billies' Hoe
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17. 40 Yards Back
Rick Ruskin & Lewis Ross
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18. A Coma At Takoma
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19. Capricorn Women
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20. The Mortician's Daughter
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21. On The Cheap
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22. The Wreck Of The 90-16
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23. Shepherd's Shuffle
Rick Ruskin & Lewis Ross
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24. Sand Box
Rick Ruskin & Lewis Ross
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25. Dog Bone
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
RELEASED FOR DOWNLOAD ONLY. SEE "LINKS" SECTION FOR PARTIAL LIST OF ALTERNATE DOWNLOAD SITES.

IN THE BEGINNING is the recording that Rick Ruskin fans have been waiting for. This album contains 25 selections - 17 from Rick’s three ground breaking Takoma Records releases, RICHARD RUSKIN, MICROPHONE FEVER, AND SIX-STRING CONSPIRACY plus 8 duet and ensemble pieces from his legendary ON THE CHEAP LP.

This is a CD everyone will enjoy regardless of musical tastes.


Rick Ruskin started playing guitar in 1962 and in just one year became a respected professional musician in his native Detroit, Michigan. In 1964, while still in Jr. High School, he was chosen to open the bill for the Reverend Gary Davis at Detroit's legendary Retort Coffee House. This engagement resulted in a fast and permanent friendship with the master blues, ragtime, and gospel guitarist. Rev. Davis was so taken by the young Ruskin's skill and eagerness, that he invited Rick to spend that summer with him at his Long Island home. By the end of the summer, Davis stopped teaching Rick new material and told him, "It's time you started paying attention to your own music." Ruskin has been doing that ever since.

Rick Ruskin's achievements as a musician and composer are many and
varied:

Original Compositions and/or Arrangements Used By:

Mel Bay Publications

A&E Network

ABC-TV

NBC's-TV

Hewlett Packard

Second Story Television

Armand Hammer Productions

TEAC Corporation of America

Fostex Electronics

James B. Lansing Sound





BACK-UP CREDITS:

Lead Guitarist for Jackie De Shannon

Acoustic Guitarist for Olivia Newton-John

Rhythm Guitarist for Tanya Tucker

Jeremiah Johnson soundtrack

A Boy and His Dog soundtrack

Kid Blue soundtrack


Composed the film score for American Film Institute's,
GATLIN AND THE BOY

RECORDINGS:

The Gospel Acording To, w/Vivian Williams) Lion Dog Music

Once Upon A Time, Lion Dog Music

Words Fail Me, Lion Dog Music

Turn the Page, Beachwood Records

Against Tradition, (with Karen Leigh Williams) Soundboard Music

Sounds Familiar, (with Lewis Ross) Revere Records

Songs, Hymns and Carols, (with Lewis Ross) Revere Records

On The Cheap, (with Lewis Ross) Lion Dog Music

John Fahey Visits Washington, D.C., Takoma Records

Six String Conspiracy, Takoma Records

Christmas with John Fahey: VOL.II, Takoma Records

Microphone Fever, Takoma Records

Richard Ruskin, Takoma Records


INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEOS & BOOKS:

Words Fail Me - The Complete Transcriptions, Slice Of Life Publications

The Takoma Sessions, John August Music/Mel Bay

Fingerstyle Groove Guitar, Video Progressions

Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitar, Video Progressions

Fingerstyle Christmas, VOL. I, Video Progressions

Fingerstyle Christmas, VOL. II, Video Progressions
PUBLISHED ARTICLES:

Acoustic Guitar Magazine

Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine

FRETS Magazine


A SELECTED LIST OF PLACES RICK RUSKIN HAS PERFORMED:

The Occasional Cafe - WA

Coffee Gallery - CA

Boulevard Music - CA

The Fret House - CA

Temecula Art gallery - CA

McCabes - CA

Freight and Salvage - CA

The Ice House - CA

California Traditional Music Society - CA

UCLA - CA

USC - CA

UCSB - CA

U of M - MI

Wayne State University - MI

Chaps - MI

Elderly Instruments - MI

Portland Guitar Society - OR

The Rose Festival - OR

Oregon College of Education - OR

Western Washington University - WA

University of Puget Sound - WA

University of Minnesota - MN

Monroe Center Coffee House - WA

The Backstage - WA

The Crystal Star - WA

The Epicurean - WA

The Antique Sandwich - WA

Still Life Coffee House - WA

Bumbershoot - WA

Folk Life Festival - WA

Museum of History and Industry - WA










What Reviewers Have Said About Rick Ruskin:

"Sometime in the mid 90's, I got three instruction VHS tapes of Rick Ruskin. I recently bought two of his CD's off of itunes and he is truly awesome. ....Rick Ruskin's music, while guitaristic with things like hammer ons and bends and so forth -- technique is always secondary to the music. You could compare him to Pete Huttlinger in that regard. I have played for about 25 years since I was a teenager and just in the last few years, I feel my own playing has improved because I have concentrated on musical phrasing -- playing loud notes loud and soft notes soft and shaping a phrase to fit the music. Rick Ruskin's music is a great example of how sometimes its not how many notes you play but how you play them that makes the difference between art and crap. Do yourself a favor and check him out." (Posted on the Unofficial Martin Guitar Forum -UMGF.COM)

"... In these days of all the high-energy slaps and electronics effects,
it is most rewarding to find an inventive guitarist who can deliver the guitar
in the original steel and wood sound.....Amazing talent"
(VICTORY MUSIC REVIEW)

"...so brilliant at times that he seems to transcend normal
approaches to the guitar....Ruskin may be the smoothest
technical player around. Flashy, fast, inventive and
musical and that isn't easy." (GUITAR PLAYER)

"...a standout guitarist..." (BILLBOARD)

"...the detail and precision of Ruskin's playing are well
known among fingerpickers..." (GUITAR PLAYER)

"...He has impeccable technique and the good taste and sense
to know that merely showing off technical wizardry can be
deathly boring." (MILWAUKEE WEEKLY)


"...one of the best finger-style guitarists in the
country..." (FOLK SCENE MAGAZINE)

"...Ruskin's touch is peerless, his playing is flawless..."
(ARTS MAGAZINE)

"...he is one of the most refined and expressive guitar
players I've heard...Ruskin has enjoyable stage presence..."
(DON CREERY - WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY)

"...Ruskin creates some of the most beautifully toned guitar
solos ever heard..." (SAN DIEGO NEWS PRESS)

"...Ruskin is one of the finest people I've heard in a
long time. His vocals come across with ease and a
brilliance that brings to mind Cat Stevens...As a guitarist,
he is unbelievably great. The man has a style that makes
each song new and exciting to listen to..."
(TOM WILBERING, WMHW-FM)

"...Though I have nothing against Leo Kottke, 'the greatest
folk guitarist on earth does seem a bit overstated. I
suggest you listen to Steve Goodman, RICHARD RUSKIN, Merle
Travis, Doc Watson, Chet Atkins, William Ackerman or Fred
Epping before you crown the King." (PEOPLE)

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William F. Buckley Jr. (iTunes Review)

Fantastic album
This is a fantastic album. Rick's playing is articulate, expressive and the sound exudes talent. Definitely worth checking out Kudah Duxx, the Return of the Flute, and I Left My Flute At Irving's.
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Finicky Fan (iTunes review)

How can 1 guitar convey so much?
This has been one of my favorite albums since the 70’s. I searched every Tower Records store for 30 years to find it. Now it’s back in a slightly different form and still great. Here are tunes that express many feelings and moods. Listen to Kudah Duxx, 6-String Conspiracy, and Return Of The Flute. One guitar, one person. Usually I am a fan of artists with something to say, artists who combine words and music in interesting ways but his lone guitar says so much. I think you will enjoy this album.
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Marc Cohen

Lovely, expressive guitar music
What I like most about this CD is the subtlety. The guitar tells a story in its own unique voice on each track. The arrangements and melodies are enchanting and the artistry is amazing. Even if you don't consider yourself a fan of guitar music, you should give this record a try - you won't be disappointed.
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Sam O'Leary

fantastic acoustic picking!
I love this music. I had Six String Conspiracy on vinyl 25 years ago and have missed listening to it in recent years. Rick is an amazing player and these tunes are so inventive and beautifully melodic. Stands the test of time!
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