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by Sour Grapes

Mix salsa-band congas with Bo Diddley guitar, the harmonies of Haight-Ashbury with a Beale St. growl, harmonica from Mardi Gras and street-corner dance-for-a-quarter tapshoes from Harlem.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Meet Me In the Middle
2:37 album only
2. All Around Connecticut
2:30 album only
3. Try Believin'
4:39 album only
4. Robins Sing
6:05 album only
5. We'll Try Everything
2:59 album only
6. Hot Dog Man
2:17 album only
7. Miss Your Kisses
3:53 album only
8. Wouldja Do That With Me?
4:29 album only
9. Aimless Meander
4:46 album only
10. Walkin' Through a Tornado
6:28 album only
11. Macadamia Nuts
3:06 album only


Album Notes
"Excellent singing and songwriting combined with "tap dance" percussion make "Sour Grapes" one of the more unique duets around."

"Upbeat, unpretentious and breezy, this disc summoned images of pleasant, perfect summer days as I listened."

"....if Peter Paul and Mary had soul---throw in a little CCR and Riverdance and thats ya'll!!! Honestly, it wouldn't be fair to compare you to someone else. You have a sound all your own."

"Ellen Iovino and Larry Ruhl are like the White Stripes of the hippie rock scene"

That's what people are saying about Sour Grapes!

Sour Grapes is an original, acoustic duo with infectious rhythms and a positive attitude. The band's stripped down, organic sound, with its danceable beat and intelligent lyrics, have them winning fans in diverse (and disparate) environments, from Arts Festivals to Rock Clubs. Their catchy melodies and rhythms reflect influences which cross world, folk, pop and jazz genres.

Sour Grapes features singer/songwriter Larry Ruhl who deftly delivers driving guitar and howlin' harmonica simultaneously. Ellen Iovino pounds out the rhythm on congas, complete with attached splash cymbal. The two performers alternate between lead and backing vocals on their songs. Larry and Ellen, who formed Sour Grapes in 1999, also add foot percussion (tap shoes on wood platforms). The taps add a quirky twist that's fun and keeps the rhythm moving. Several songs feature the feet with built in tap breaks. The result is a full sound and a lively performance that is sure to get the audience moving to the beat.

Sour Grapes was recently honored by New York City's Underground Music Organization. Their song, "We'll Try Everything" was recently selected for inclusion on "The 14 Best Singer / Songwriters of Greenwich Village - 2004" CD produced by UMO Music (soon to be available on CDBaby). The performance was selected from over one thousand performances recorded live at the Baggot Inn in Greenwich Village throughout the past year.



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I love your songs they are differnet then anything else i have herd and very uniqe. The first time i herd you play was at first night ,with carol hazlett, and the insturmentation three people could put together suprised me. I love your voices to. My favorite of the songs i have herd is love is a beautiful thing or whatever the name of the song is. I thought it was great. Well keep up the good work good luck for the future, hope to see you perform soon.

Chris in Simsbury

Can't keep my feet still!
...and I thought the first CD was good! This one tops it. When I play it in the car on the way to work, I'm humming and tapping my feet all day. My favorite selection? "Wouldja Do That With Me". I dare you to have that one playing and try to keep still and not sing along. It makes me believe that even I can dance. Even if you have to borrow a few bucks, buy this CD!

jeff whitmire

Larry & Ellen, Finally got to the 21st century.Found your site liked your video. it was good seeing you and Ellen at Todd's b-day party.Catch you later. Jeff


Your Music is Awesome!
I absolutley love you guys and both CD's. On this CD I liked all of the songs, my favorites are probably, Wouldja do that with me, We'll try everything, Try Believin', All around CT. and Meet me in the Middle. I also liked the song Larry made when he was sick (three days before their last time at Pine Loft)It was so touching.