“Real songs with real emotions, great instrumental work, superb harmonies and one of the best female vocalists in the business. This CD is pure listening pleasure." - Al Kniola, Host, The Back Porch, 88.1 WVPE Public Radio.
Turn Back A Page, the fourth independent recording project from long-time performers, Ruth and Max Bloomquist, is a collection of 12 of Ruth’s newest songs produced with acoustic instruments only. Ruth and Max play guitar and bass, respectively. Ruth handles all of the lead vocals with Max singing the bulk of the harmony. Featured guest musicians include frequent stage mates John King (b-bender guitar) and Dan Seabolt (fiddle) with special guest Jeff Rose (mandolin) and co-producer Scott Zylstra (guitars). David Habetler lends his 12-string guitar sound to one track, and Lansing area musician Cindy Morgan plays concertina on another. Additional harmony is supplied by Theresa Smith and by Ruth herself.
A few of the Ruth penned songs included on the disc are: Michigan Girl, Ruth’s love song to her home state; Daddy Was An Old Man, the true story of a friend born when his father was 58 years old; gospel song Bathe Me In The Water; and Ruth’s memorial to John Denver, I’ll Remember John.
“One Day Ain’t Enough is contemporary bluegrass at its finest…Ruth Bloomquist is a significant creative force in bluegrass music.” Bluegrass Unlimited, April 2007
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.
“One Day Ain’t Enough…As organic as it gets, the bluegrass based playing behind the heartfelt singer/songwriter vocals of Bloomquist make this one of the top adult alternative sets you will find. Tasty stuff that just doesn’t quit.”
Chris Spector Midwest Record
“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.”
Bluegrass Unlimited Feb. 2002
This, the second solo recording project by singer/songwriter Ruth Bloomquist is often referred to as “the love song CD” by her fans. This collection of songs is truly All For Love’s Sake. Whether the enduring love of a rural husband and wife, the love of a parent for a child, love lost in silly romantic games, or faithful joyful love for the Lord, there’s a song for it here
Jewel Of My Heart is Ruth Bloomquist’s debut recording project. It was released in 1997 and features her gospel song By The River, winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest 2003.