Steve and Ruth Smith | A Good Life

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A Good Life

by Steve and Ruth Smith

Vocal & Instrumental Acoustic Americana easy-listening music from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina featuring hammered dulcimer, guitar, with a few additional supporting instruments.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. A Thing Called Love
2:21 $0.99
2. A Good Life
2:53 $0.99
3. My Little Cowboy
2:52 $0.99
4. I'll Paint You a Song
3:10 $0.99
5. One Room Schoolhouse
2:30 $0.99
6. Mrs. Jamieson's Favourite
3:03 $0.99
7. Airplanes and Ice Cream
3:10 $0.99
8. Scarborough / Southwind
2:09 $0.99
9. A Miner's Life
3:01 $0.99
10. Jesse Mae
2:40 $0.99
11. This Side of Heaven
2:35 $0.99
12. Emerald Isle
2:38 $0.99
13. Today Is Mine
3:31 $0.99
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Album Notes
Acoustic Americana Music with Celtic & Appalachian Roots
Steve and Ruth Smith from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina play a unique blend of Appalachian Americana music featuring hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, guitar, and old-time banjo. Steve and Ruth play and sing the music reminiscent of the old homeplace where family, love, faith, and sense of place are the foundations of heritage and traditions.

Dirty Linen Folk & World Music Magazine says “ Ruth Smith's touch on the hammered dulcimer is absolutely magical, with exquisite phrasing, highlighting the range of the instrument especially on her own pieces.”

Steve, an ASCAP award-winning song-writer, adds fingerstyle guitar, old-time banjo, and vocals to the duo. Of Steve’s songwriting, Dulcimer Players News’ Bill Troxler says “He is a master story teller and the perfect vocalist to convey the meaning of the lyrics. His songs stand out for their imagery and melodic strength on a par with John Denver’s songs.”

"Steve and Ruth are a performing and recording power house. Their music is beautifully arranged and performed and they’re among the best and busiest ambassadors we have for hammered and mountain dulcimer." Dan Landrum, Dulcimer Players News



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Rob Siedenburg

Music of the Heart
This most recent Steve and Ruth Smith CD has a depth and diversity that are linked by a gentle family theme. The collection of songs is reminiscent of the scripture that says, "And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony" (Colossians 3:14 ESV). The muscianship is superb, but the emotions this music evokes will transport your soul and lift up your heart. The CD is a unique blend of homey, Celtic, Appalachian, and heart music. Steve and Ruth have done it again, and I highly recommend this music for your listening pleasure. It'll take you just this side of heaven.

A Good Life

A very good life.
In this CD I found the balance of instrumental and vocal music perfectly balanced. A Good Life and Jessie May are my favorites as they remind me of my parents and their years of Love to each other and their family. The is my favorite Steve and Ruth CD yet.