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How To Be Smarter Than Your Guitar

by Rick Ruskin

The traditional sound of acoustic finger-style guitar in front of decidedly non-traditional musical settings. Not "New-Age" as it is currently defined but most definitely new, unique, and melodic.
Genre: Pop: Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. 7 Come 11
3:27 $0.99
2. All Tapped Out
3:38 $0.99
3. Right Into the Arms
3:46 $0.99
4. Home Is Where the Heart Is
3:53 $0.99
5. Jekyll & Hyde
3:31 $0.99
6. D.I.B.S.
3:45 $0.99
7. Old Fashion Passion
3:42 $0.99
8. Under the Big Top
3:32 $0.99
9. Till the Pillow Meets My Head
4:40 $0.99
10. Delilah
5:27 $0.99
11. The Miller's Wheel
3:02 $0.99
12. A Queensland On the Loose
2:08 $0.99
13. Short Subjects
2:43 $0.99
14. Hazardous To Your Health
4:40 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes


Rick Ruskin – Guitars/Vocals/Background Vocals
Lewis Ross – Electric Guitar (Cut 3)
Mike Botts – Drums (Cuts 3, 7 ,10, & 14)
Mac Elsensohn – Drums (Cut 4)
Malcolm Keyes – Drums/Percussion Cuts (1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9 ,11-13)
Colin Cameron – Bass (Cuts 3, 7,1 0, & 14)
Becca Stephens – Keyboards (Cuts 5, 8, & 11)
Randy Marcheny – Hammer Dulcimer (Cut 2)
Wes Chappell – Synth – (Cut 2)
Background Vocals (Cuts 3, 7, 10, & 14:
Bobi Thomas
Terry Lick
Jeani Horney

Recorded @ Lion Dog Music – Seattle WA
Engineering & Production - Rick Ruskin (All Cuts) & John Horton (Cuts 3, 7, 10, & 14)



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El McMeen

A Complete Joy
Ruskin's CD is a complete joy. It is guitar-driven ensemble playing and brace yourself, great singing by this guy Ruskin! I always expect great guitar playing from Rick, and that's on this CD. If you want finely crafted guitar solos to study and learn, check out Rick's other CD's and instructional stuff. If you want ensemble groove instrumentals --in some case, with a little Detroit-meets-reggae-on-the-upbeat-- and some good bluesy and pop vocals, get this CD fast. (El Mcmeen - New Guitar Explorations)

Eric Van der Wyk

14 out of 14
Your new CD sounds great! I like every song on it. Nice to hear the new version of 7 come 11 with percussion. There is some fine gospel singing. I heard an amazing backwards guitar solo. Still trying to figure out the logistics of that one! Good luck with your new release! (Eric Van der Wyk)

Rick Ruskin

Another Side Of Rick Ruskin
As hard core as Rick Ruskin can be about acoustic guitar he starts this short “lecture/demonstration” with a bit of fluid electric. Playing lead melody on ‘7 Come 11’ is the master himself. Behind Rick is a competent but tasteful rhythm section of percussion and bass. This is nice stuff and complimented with acoustic rhythm chops.

‘All Tapped Out’ is a sweet rhythmic guitar piece offset by melodic keyboard. ‘Right into The Arms’ is Rick Ruskin on vocals. Background vocals are by Bobi Thomas, Terry Lick and Jeani Horney. The lyrics and style are reminiscent of some 60’s and 70’s stuff. ‘Home Is Where the Heart Is?’ is another retro boogie blues with a tempo change on the chorus. The psychedelic, electric guitar lead

is played by Lewis Ross. ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ is entirely instrumental with a mix of guitars, drums and keyboard. Rick plays the electric guitar on this one in addition to the acoustic rhythm. ‘D.I.B.S.’ is another subtle, rhythm guitar piece—the guitar playing rhythmic melody. This is catchy as it rolls along into a fade.

‘Old Fashion Passion’ is another Ruskin composition based on a resurgence of teen angst that ends in marriage. ‘Under The Big Top’ is punctuated with staccato keyboard notes. Warm guitar lead plays the melody. This entire collection has some surprises. In some cases, Rick Ruskin is showing how precisely he can play the basics behind the arena of songwriting. In other ways he is playing with rhythms and using percussion. Finally, he adds his songwriting and singing. Otherwise, Rick delivers what he is known for: precise, fluid guitar licks and tasteful arrangements.

‘Till The Pillow Meets My Head’ and ‘Delilah’ are both love songs in the direction of Fleetwood Mac. The arrangements work, though his vocals are just adequate compared to Stevie Nicks. But, there are a lot of us in that boat. ‘The Miller’s Wheel’ seems to speak out like an old folk tune in modern terms. On ‘A Queensland On The Loose’ Ruskin plays free of resistance, though the volume and dynamics are understated—he’s not going to suddenly blow your speakers. ‘Hazardous to Your Health’ is a case in point—a subtle warning about messing with his ol’ lady. He’s more inclined to softly dazzle you. Fourteen generous cuts make up this collection and look at another side of Rick Ruskin.

Ruskin is also known for excellent recording and it shows.

[Bob Riley - Victory Music Review]