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The Piano Burning w/ John Carnessali & Matty J

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The Piano Burning w/ John Carnessali & Matty J

We burned a piano. Yes. Yes, we did. It was old – dating back to 1837. But it sat outside an entire winter – it had weathered the snows of upstate New York. It was beyond any type of restoration. But it was beautiful. We were fortunate to have Syracuse’s award winning photographer John Carnessali there to capture the piano’s final moments – to immortalize its beauty in a different medium – in the memory of a photograph. The evening was set up as an opportunity to create the art and photographs for our upcoming album, “Building a Fire” – set to release on June 27th, 2015. We also had Matty J from Knot Lion Media, a talented videographer based out of New York City, there to help us record a video for our 2014 Grassroots inspired song “Rabbit Run.” Among the flames and swirling embers – there was much music, joviality, and laughter. We were happy to have an evening like the one on April 25th captured through both photography and video – and we’re excited to share them with you. And if you are ever in need of a photographer or videographer, please seek out John Carnessali (www.johncarnessali.com) and Matty J from Knot Lion Media (https://instagram.com/knotlionmedia/). They are both such great people, incredibly professional in their work, and talented at what they do....

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Ruddy Well with Marshall Tucker @ the Kallet Theater

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Ruddy Well with Marshall Tucker @ the Kallet Theater

This November 21st, the Ruddy Well Band will be opening for the Marshall Tucker Band in a charity event for Christine Lafave. November 21st 2014 Doors at 6:30 Concert begins at 7:30 Tickets: On sale NOW! About Christine Lafave: In January 2013, after the discovery of a lump in her breast, Christine was diagnosed with metastatic (stage 4) breast cancer, a terminal diagnosis. The cancer had spread from her breast to her lymph nodes and bones. The next eight months for Christine focused exclusively on treatment; she endured surgery, dose dense chemotherapy and direct beam radiation for a cancerous lesion in her sternum. Even with advanced treatment the cancer has not disappeared, so she continues her battle against the disease. Christine has been living with breast cancer for over 18 months but doesn’t let that stop her from having a full and productive life. She works full time, teaching undergraduate students biology. She loves learning and is energized by the daily student engagement. Through her knowledge of physiology she seeks to educate others and shares what it is like to fight and live with metastatic breast cancer. Christine loves to spend time with her daughter, Grace, as her caregiver, playmate, teacher, soccer and dance mom. As a member of St. James Parish in Cazenovia she serves as a lector and religious educator. It is through faith, family and community support that she finds strength to carry on, tell her story and be an inspiration to others. Christine LaFave is wife to Tom, a mother to 7 year old Grace, step mother to Andrew and Emily, a daughter, a sister, a Colgate University professor and a breast cancer warrior. Join us November 21st to Celebrate...

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GrassRoots Festival 2014

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GrassRoots Festival 2014

Everything came up Ruddy at Grassroots this past weekend. Monique won 1st place fiddle contest on Friday fiddlin’ a bit of Old Joe Clark, and then Saturday morning, the entire band won the Grassroots battle of the band competition – solidifying a slot on a stage next year. We’re super excited to be a part of our favorite festival! Look for us on next year’s line-up…

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Ruddy Well Band @ Sticky Lips

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Ruddy Well Band @ Sticky Lips

One of our favorite venues to play at in Rochester is Sticky Lips – and our talented friend John Schlia, came to our show there last month to document the evening. The place was packed, both upstairs and down – we were honored to play to such good lookin’ folk.  Starting with our new song “The Greatest of Times” and ending with an acoustic unplugged version of “I’ll Fly Away,” it was surely a night we will not soon forget....

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Soundcheck 105.9 – The Rebel

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Soundcheck 105.9 – The Rebel

We had the chance to spend some time the other weekend with Dave Frisina, local Syracuse host of Soundcheck – the Rebel, 105.9. Crammed into his studio, we brought the full band to perform as well as our friend Tom to help us capture the evening on film. It was great to get some air time, share a few tunes, and also a few laughs. We already can’t wait to do it again! Here are three videos from the show: “Everything You Are” – “Hard Times” – and “Bus-Drivin’ Woman.” “Everything You Are” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-apZcPPSgwQ “Hard Times” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Esz3v0lzmKg “Bus-Drivin’ Woman”...

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Best Americana & People’s Choice

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Best Americana & People’s Choice

What a night! After seven weeks of voting, your voice was heard – and the Ruddy Well Band was nominated the winner for the People’s Choice Award 2014. Thank you to all of our fans, friends, and family for taking the time every day to cast your vote. We were honored to accept the award last Friday night at the Palace Theater.  We are also so excited and humbled to have received the Best Americana award for our album Change of Course – tying with musicians Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb. According to Sammy history, only one other time in all the years of its existence has a tie been awarded for a Sammy. We are so happy and humbled our music made the cut! We are looking forward to continuing our work in the studio this year as we bring you album number three from the Ruddy Well Band. Thanks again so much for all of the love and support we’ve received. Now, moving...

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2014 SAMMY Awards

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2014 SAMMY Awards

Our album “Change of Course” has been nominated for a SAMMY in the category of Best Americana! The SAMMY Awards Show will be held on Friday, March 7th at the Palace in Syracuse. We are honored to have our name alongside some other great local area musicians, including Kayleigh Goldsworthy, Loren Barrigar and Mark Mazengarb, Pale Green Stars, and Greg Hoover. SAMMYs trophies will be awarded in 11 categories in addition to two People’s Choice Awards and the Brian Bourke Award for Best New Artist. We’re still in the running for the People’s Choice Award, so keep on voting!...

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Common Threads – 88.3FM

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Common Threads – 88.3FM

Larry Hoyt, host of Common Threads 88.3FM, played a couple Ruddy Well Band’s songs this past Sunday. From the album Change of Course, the featured songs included “Just Give Me Time” and “Know Yourself.” If you haven’t had an opportunity to listen to the show, you can tune in every Sunday from noon until three. It’s a great mix of traditional folk and contemporary acoustic – playing artists such as Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Woodie Guthrie, Alison Krauss to some of CNY acts, including the Burns Sisters, Dana Cooke, John Rossbac, and now the Ruddy Well...

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Ruddy Well – Local Hop

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Ruddy Well – Local Hop

“There’s no ambiguity when it comes to figuring out who and what they are. They’re straight-ahead acoustic charm wrapped up in passionate and ample fiddle lines and earnest songwriting. The quartet, —Andrew Ruddy, Monique Ritter, Ryan Burdick and Blake Propst— brings innocent, heartfelt, chugging bluegrass that might remind fans of a much (much) tamer version of the Binghamton band Driftwood. While Driftwood uses powerful dynamics to prove their points, Ruddy Well errs on the side of consistency, delivering a CD that sounds professional (recorded at SubCat Studios) but remains fairly steady on the dynamic line. Energy hits highest in the appropriately titled “High” and mellows sweetly in the closing lullaby, “Goodnight Anna,” but the band never hits overwhelming peaks or valleys. Still, the group, led by the songwriting of Ruddy, brings all the beauty of classic bluegrass to modern tunes: chucking violin (when the bow hits the strings sharply, cutting off the sound, often on upbeats), full harmonies and sweet lyrics about “lips that taste like wine” (“Just Give Me Time”) and “I’ll cook you eggs if you wake by my side” (“I’m All Good”). The skilled vocals are refreshing and the musical work is clean, leaving a polished product in the case. With a clear identity and a crisp sound, this band is on the right course.” – Review by local Syracuse Journalist Jessica Novak, in Syracuse New Times, Wednesday, September 11th,...

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At George Eastman’s House

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At George Eastman’s House

Rained-out from playing in the garden – but we instead played in George Eastman’s foyer. Pretty...

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