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Post-Standard Reviews the Ruddy Well Band

Posted by on Jan 19, 2012

Post-Standard Reviews the Ruddy Well Band

A couple of open mike nights introduced the duo of Andrew Ruddy and Monique Ritterto fellow musician Ryan Burdick.

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Burdick caught Ruddy and Ritter at Lake Effect and asked who they were.

The next week, the three shared a song at Lock 24.

So the musical chemistry began. Four years later, Ruddy and Ritter, of Pulaski, and Burdick, of Baldwinsville, are cutting into a huge slice of Americana pie as The Ruddy Well Band.

They brought banjo, fiddle, guitar and their voices to The Post-Standard studio this week to perform the song “One Second Love” for the Music Notes Performance video series.

“Whenever we play, it always turns into a jam session,” guitarist Burdick says of the three.

“We play to entertain ourselves,” says banjo-and-more player Ruddy.

They were part of a four-piece called Engroovement, but pared down to three to put out a CD, “Little Blue Marbles.” They love writing songs.

“One Second Love” was inspired by a trip Ruddy took to a festival with his sister, Cristin.

They were waiting for the Del McCoury band to take the stage, and, “A girl walked by wearing pretty much just overalls and a straw hat,” Ruddy recalls. “I said, ‘There she goes, walking out of my life.’ My sister says, ‘She was your one-second love.’ She wrote a poem about it, and I turned it into a bluegrass song.”

Storytelling is a big part of the trio’s art.

“In the 60s, they told stories to a seated audience,” says Ritter.

“We are attempting to do our part to change the dynamics of music in our area,” says Ruddy.

By Mark Bialczak,  January 19, 2012; read the full review: The Post-Standard

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