They met in 1975, played their first show together in a band named Amaryllis at Grand Rapids' Festival of the Arts in 1976, and they've never looked back.
Ruth and Max Bloomquist, who live in Norton Shores, south of Muskegon, have since become veritable folk music legends in Michigan, captivating audiences with their songs, their harmonies and their folk-infused charm.
Ruth has earned her share of singing and songwriting awards over the years, often hailed by critics and publications across the country for her terrific alto vocals – a voice rightly compared to the likes of Anne Murray and Kathy Mattea.
The couple's most recent album, “Turn Back a Page,” soared to No. 5 on the Folk Radio Airplay Chart in 2010, thanks to “tender, beautifully performed acoustic music with a traditional flair,” as I put it in my review at the time.
They often perform as the Ruth and Max Bloomquist Band, with Ruth on guitar, Max on bass, Dan Seabolt on fiddle and John “Sky” King on guitar.
You can also check out the band when it performs as part of the Winter Wheat fundraiser for Wheatland Music Festival on Saturday at The Intersection, 133 Grandville Ave. SW, in Grand Rapids.
The day-long show, which kicks off at 1 p.m., will feature more than a dozen folk acts on two stages. The Bloomquists will perform at 4 p.m. in the front lounge, between sets by Bruce and Becca Ling of Hawks & Owls and An Dro.
Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students in advance at The Intersection or online at wheatlandmusic.org; $20 at the door the day of the all-ages show.
For more information and links to music samples, visit the Bloomquists' official website or check out their reverbnation.com site.