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1    Born On The River (7:02)
2    Make Love To Me (5:56)
3    Slow Burn (5:45)
4    The Walls (6:10)
5    Dance, Dance, Norma Jean (5:02)
6    Money Train (5:20)
7    Cold Day In Hell (4:17)
8    Big Helen (5:00)
9    Work It (3:38)
10    Whiskey Chute (4:34)
11    Real Good Woman (4:45)

Hurrican Ruth LeMaster - Vocals
David Lumsden - Lead Guitar
Gary Davis - Bass Guitar
Jim Engel - Drums


From Beardstown, Illinois, Hurricane Ruth offers us a generously filled album of original blues rock material. The band consists of Hurricane Ruth LaMaster on vocals, David Lumsden on guitar, Gary Davis on bass and Jim Engel on drums. Ruth wrote all the lyrics and all four members of the band are credited with the music. The CD also comes with a very nicely produced booklet with the lyrics and some vintage photos to accompany the songs, some of which appear to have been provided by family members.

Some of the songs appear to be autobiographical and we certainly know where Ruth is from as she sings the title “Born On The River” many times over in the extended opener, David’s heavy guitar riff chugging along with a menacing tone. Most of the songs here are fairly lengthy and we get plenty of opportunity to hear David’s muscular guitar riffs which are a central part of the band’s sound alongside Ruth’s strong vocals. The following tracks are this reviewer’s pick of the bunch here:

Track 2 – “Make Love To Me”. Ruth makes an offer that sounds hard to refuse on this mid-paced rocker with lashings of guitar throughout. Lyrically it appears that Ruth has set aside her ‘good girl’ days and is overcome with desire for her new man: “before I set you free, make love to me”.

Track 8 – “Big Helen”. A local ‘madame’ whose late-night provision of drinks and girls was ignored by the cops makes for an interesting story set to a brooding blues tune.

Track 9 – “Work It”. The shortest cut on the album works very well, a song of determination sung with gusto by Ruth over a riff out of The Stones’ handbook.

Track 10 – “Whiskey Chute”. A catchy rocker celebrates Friday night in the local hostelry over a Southern Rock riff.

This is a solid set of upbeat rocking blues which probably reflects the band’s live shows pretty well. ---John Mitchell,

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Hurricane Ruth - The Power Of The Blues...Feel Like Hurricane (2011) Hurricane Ruth - The Power Of The Blues...Feel Like Hurricane (2011)

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01. Roll Little Sister
02. I'm Gonna Get Evil
03. The Power Of The Blues...Feels Like A Hurricane
04. Let Me Change Your Mind
05. Mississippi Queen
06. No Worries
07. I Want To Take You Higher
08. The Lesson

Hurricane Ruth - Vocals
Andon T. Davis - Slide Guitar
Gary Davis - Bass, Vocal Harmony
Jim Engel - Drums, Vocal Harmony
David Lumsden – Guitar


Hurricane Ruth created their own brand of blues which they call power blues. It has been described as raw, emotional, and dynamic. The "power" seeps into everything they do, from their original music to their live shows. The epitome of power blues is Hurricane Ruth herself. Ruth is a captivating performer, who will grab your attention from note one and never let you go! Willie Dixon once told Ruth "she was the only hurricane he could appreciate".

Hurricane Ruth LaMaster started performing professionally in 1979, and found instant success. She acquired the name Hurricane Ruth from the fact that no one believed that such a large sound could come out of such a small woman! Ruth has performed with Maynard Ferguson and his orchestra, Adrian Belew, and Louis Belson. Ruth has opened for John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Taj Mahal, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Sam & Dave, and Fenton Robinson. Ruth is joined by David Lumsden (lead guitar), Gary Davis (bass guitar), and Jim Engel (drums). Hurricane Ruth is a "power"ful blues experience that you won't soon forget!

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