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This Season of Hope and Delight

by Ruth Bloomquist & Max Bloomquist

Our Holiday contribution: Rootsy Acoustic Americana Folk including four originals and two of our favorite covers.
Genre: Holiday: Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ho Ho Ho
Ruth Bloomquist & Max Bloomquist
2:47 $0.99
2. One Little Child
Ruth Bloomquist & Max Bloomquist
3:17 $0.99
3. (The PTA) I Was Santa Clause At the Schoolhouse
Ruth Bloomquist & Max Bloomquist
3:36 $0.99
4. Make My Baby's Eyes Shine Bright
Ruth Bloomquist & Max Bloomquist
3:45 $0.99
5. Glory Glory
Ruth Bloomquist & Max Bloomquist
4:11 $0.99
6. Yingle Bells
Ruth Bloomquist & Max Bloomquist
2:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
This Season of Hope and Delight. We hope this music will elevate your spirit and contribute to your Holiday cheer.
The songs:
Ho Ho Ho - Ruth's high spirited tribute to all things Christmas.
One Little Child - About that one little child who changed the world.
Make My Baby's Eye's Shine Bright - Christmas gives us the desire to make our loved ones joyful.
Glory Glory - Ever since we were children we never tire of the miracle of Christmas.
I Was Santa Claus at the Schoolhouse (For the (PTA) and Yingle Bells are Max's take on two "Yogi Yorgesson" songs he has been singing since he was 5 years old. They have become Holiday audience favorites.

Many thanks to John King (b bender guitar) and Daniel Seabolt (fiddle) and Noah Bloomquist (engineer assistant) for their help in the production of this CD.

Rootsy Acoustic Americana Folk Original. Traditional. Passionate. Fun.

“…veritable folk music legends in Michigan, captivating audiences with their songs, their harmonies and their folk-infused charm.” John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press

Ruth's signature song, Michigan Girl, video has garnered over 335,000 YouTube views.
CD Turn Back A Page attained Top 40 status on the 2010 Folk DJ Airplay Chart.

A Passion For Music for Over 35 Years
Ruth and Max Bloomquist have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music and songs made with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart. Ruth and Max immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music to create a sound and style all their own.

Award Winning Songwriter
From the beginning, Ruth was inspired to write songs from her own heart and experience. In 1997 Ruth and Max released Ruth’s first CD, Jewel Of My Heart, a collection of original songs that were popular with their audiences. Two more “solo” CDs followed to rave reviews. Meanwhile, in 2003, Ruth was a winner of Merlefest’s Chris Austin Song Writing Competition with her joyful Gospel song, By The River. 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.

Outstanding Vocalist
Ruth was named Outstanding Vocalist of the Month for December 2006 by Singer Universe Magazine. Her resonant alto has been compared to Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt, and Kathy Mattea. After hearing Ruth and Max perform the Scott Wiseman standard, Remember Me, Garrison Keillor told Ruth, “You have a big voice... I’d like to sing that song with you.” And the next night he did!

January 06, 2012 John Sinkevics - Grand Rapids (MI) Press:
They met in 1975, played their first show together in a band named Amaryllis at Grand Rapids' Festival of the Arts in 1976, and they've never looked back.
Ruth and Max Bloomquist have since become veritable folk music legends in Michigan, captivating audiences with their songs, their harmonies and their folk-infused charm. Ruth has earned her share of singing and songwriting awards over the years, often hailed by critics and publications across the country for her terrific alto vocals – a voice rightly compared to the likes of Anne Murray and Kathy Mattea.
The couple's most recent album, “Turn Back a Page,” soared to No. 5 on the Folk Radio Airplay Chart in 2010, thanks to “tender, beautifully performed acoustic music with a traditional flair,” as I put it in my review at the time.
They often perform as the Ruth and Max Bloomquist Band, with Ruth on guitar, Max on bass, Dan Seabolt on fiddle and John “Sky” King on guitar.

March 01, 2010 Al Kniola :
Turn Back A PageTurn Back A Page - "One thing you can count on from Ruth & Max Bloomquist is consistently high-quality musical performance. They do not disappoint in their latest release "Turn Back A Page". Real songs with real emotions, great instrumental work, superb harmonies and one of the best female vocalists in the business (Ruth, of course!). This CD is pure listening pleasure." - Al Kniola, Host, The Back Porch, 88.1 WVPE Public Radio.

April 09, 2012 John Black - High Plains Morning
This week's A-List CD
Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon on High Plains Morning with John Black:
Fans of so-called “Roots Music” and contemporary Folk are going to love this CD! It comes to us from a duo who've been making a name for themselves all over NPR and in coffee houses around the world. Maybe you've heard of them. The album is called Turn Back a Page from the husband & wife music-making team of Ruth & Max Bloomquist... excitement shines through on this collection of a dozen wonderful songs. The songs tell stories that are sure to resonate...

April 01, 2007 - Bluegrass Unlimited
One Day Ain't EnoughRUTH BLOOMQUIST-ONE DAY AIN'T ENOUGH-Ruby Records 906:
Ruth Bloomquistis a prolific composer and musician and past winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest held annually at MerleFest. This latest release emphasizes her songwriting prowess, the two exceptions being Scott Wiseman's "Remember Me (When The Candle Lights Are Gleaming") and "He Don't Like To Talk About It," penned by Jennifer Kimball and Claire Lynch. The other 11 selections are Ruth Bloomquist originals performed in a contemporary style. She is joined by husband, Max, and numerous musicians on performances that include "Weary Heart Of Stone," "Love Goes Round," "Left By The Side Of The Road," and "Put Down That Beer And Dance" (inspired by the Louvin Brothers). "One Day Ain't Enough" is contemporary bluegrass at its finest and illustrates just why Ruth Bloomquist is a significant creative force in bluegrass music.

February 13, 2008 Chris Spector - Midwestrecord.com:
RUTH BLOOMQUIST/One Day Ain’t Enough: When the 1974 oil crisis sent the acoustic music world underground, the Bloomquists were just finding their footing. As such, they’ve been fiercely independent all this time–after the missed the boat, they never bothered trying to get on when it docked again. 30 years of musical simpatico, blossoming in the obscurity of Michigan and winning high awards and recognition along the way are the sum total of what made this record such a charmer. As organic as it gets, the bluegrass based playing behind the heartfelt singer/songwriter vocals of Bloomquist make this one of the top adult alternative sets you will find. Tasty stuff that just doesn’t quit.

February 01, 2002 - Bluegrass Unlimited
All For Love's Sake:
“All For Love’s Sake...a minor acoustic masterpiece...Ruth Bloomquist is a multi-talented acoustic artist with an exceptional ability to traverse boundaries separating various musical categories.”



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