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One Day Ain't Enough

by Ruth Bloomquist

Released 2006
Ruby Records
Released 2006
Ruby Records
Folk, Acoustic, Original, Bluegrass, Heartfelt, Midwest Soul
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“It is rare when I get a CD that I can play most of the tunes on the show.....truly a wonderful collection of songs.... a fine songwriter...”
John Davis -Heartfelt Music Program-
KPFK, Los Angeles, CA

Singer/songwriter Ruth Bloomquist, 2003 winner of Merlefest’s prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest in the Gospel category, has now released her third CD. One Day Ain’t Enough, is her most exciting work to date. Produced by herself and her bass player husband Max, One Day Ain’t Enough consists of 11 of Ruth’s fine original songs and two of the couple’s favorite performance covers enhanced by the studio work of some of Michigan’s finest bluegrass musicians.

Ruth Bloomquist has been making music in the Great Lakes region for most of her life. The early influences of Joan Baez, The Beatles, John Denver and Emmylou Harris, just to name a few, fueled the heart and desire to write, sing, and perform. In High School Ruth started performing at school functions and coffee houses with a girlfriend. Ruth and her friend, Deb, began writing songs together, and the partnership lasted 7 years with the duo playing clubs, local TV, and a tour on the University of Minnesota’s Lyceum circuit.

Ruth continued to perform solo while majoring in Theater at her local community college. While there she met her husband Max and soon to be musical partner Steve Reeths. The three started making music almost immediately as the popular Mid West acoustic group Amaryllis performing folk, bluegrass and “folk/rock”. The band was known for their original songs, strong harmonies and unique arrangements of well known and not so well known cover tunes. Together they self-released two recordings.

Music takes Ruth & Max wherever it will, and their plan is to continue that journey together sharing music with as many audiences as possible.





Ruth and Max Bloomquist

Discography
Jewel Of My Heart 1997
11 original songs by Ruth Bloomquist including By The River, winner of 2003 Merlefest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest

All For Love's Sake 2001
11 original songs by Ruth Bloomquist

One Day Ain’t Enough 2006
11 original songs by Ruth Bloomquist plus two of Ruth’s favorite covers.

Press and Reviews

John Davis -Heartfelt Music Program
KPFK, Los Angeles, CA
“It is rare when I get a CD that I can play most of the tunes on the show.....truly a wonderful collection of songs.... a fine songwriter...

Bluegrass Unlimited
Bluegrass Unlimited
ALL FOR LOVE’S SAKE .... “a minor acoustic masterpiece ...Ruth Bloomquist is a multi-talented acoustic artist with an exceptional ability to traverse boundaries separating various musical categories.”

A lot of buzz
David McIntire - Quiet Faith Productions
,,,, there sure is a lot of buzz around town this morning. Topic seems to be the terrific show they saw at CenterStage Theatre last night. Can't thank you guys enough. Thanks for a terrific evening! ...... David McIntire - Quiet Faith Productions

Her skills as a singer and performer speak for themselves
Great Lakes Acoustic Music Assoc.
“Clearly among the most popular acts on the program that evening and it’s easy to see why. Her skills as a singer and performer speak for themselves, and the musical accompaniment by Max provided the perfect backdrop for her stunning vocals”........
Mike VanBuren, President, Great Lakes Acoustic Music Assoc.
Ruth and Max Bloomquist


Performance Highlights

Three concerts with Garrison Keillor in West Michigan on his 2004 one-man-show book tour. “Before the third show Mr. Keillor asked if he might join us in a song.”

Franke Center, Marshall, Michigan—Opened spring concert series and were immediately invited to return for an out door summer performance.

Alley Door Club, Muskegon, Michigan—Drew standing room only crowd at this large club-like venue of the Frauenthal Center For The Performing Arts.

Bluegrass On The Bayou—wowed the Louisiana Stage crowd with the Amaryllis Band.

Two Rivers Bluegrass Festival—opened for Ronnie Reno and played a gospel set at this great festival in Leakesville, Mississippi.

LVD’s Music Hall at the Old bag Factory in Goshen, Indiana—once again with the Amaryllis Band.