Marshall Ruffin

Marshall Ruffin

 Columbus, Georgia, USA

Marshall Ruffin: soulful blues meets stimulating grunge. Dec 2009 Morning Glory nominated for IMA Blues Album of the Year. Rich Man's Dime, '08 freshman EP, on Roots Music Chart for 8 weeks. GA Music Mag nomination "GA's Next 50" in 2010. Recent Support: Arc Angels, Robin Trower, Rodrigo y Gabriela.


Marshall Ruffin: Soulful Blues Meets Stimulating Grunge

*** Morning Glory nominated for Independent Music Awards Blues Album of the Year ***

"Ruffin plays guitar and sings with a prowess that most roots & blues artists develop only after many weary years on the road."
Lisa Love, Georgia Music Hall of Fame

"The dude can really sing and play - to say I was amazed by his songwriting talent, instrumental abilities and vocals would be an understatement."
Jeff Hahne, Music Editor, Creative Loafing Charlotte

"Interesting thing... Marshall is so young to have the voice of such an old soul - he gets it. He's transparent when he sings, you can see right into his heart."
Rebecca Harris, Special Events Coordinator, Phenix City Amphitheatre

"I rarely get inspired to say such things, but really - if you're able to see Marshall Ruffin 'live' then you really must. He is just f***ing amazing!"
Geoff Achison, Blues Guitarist Extraordinaire

The twenty-five year old roots-rock and blues singer-songwriter-guitarist grew up in typical Americana, where science was at the fabric of his family. After finding a guitar in his attic at age thirteen, Marshall taught himself to play. Just several short years later, he majored in jazz performance at the Berklee College of Music. It was while in Boston, Ruffin recognized and tapped into his songwriting skills and vocal gifts. Within a year after graduation, Marshall moved to Columbus GA for some Ma Rainey education, opened for dozens of regional and national artists, and signed with Jammates Records. After experiencing a Marshall Ruffin performance, one only expects his momentum to accelerate. Rich Man's Dime, his freshman EP, was released in February '08 and spent eight weeks on the roots/blues chart ending the year at no. 4 on Georgia Roots Radio. Morning Glory, his 2009 sophomore effort, hit the streets Sept. 15th and is nominated for the Independent Music Awards 'Blues Album of the Year'. Marshall Ruffin will be playing solo and with his trio throughout east coast music venues in support of the new release.

OPENINGS: Arc Angels, Robin Trower, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Marshall Tucker Band, Col. Bruce Hampton, Oliver Wood, Shawn Mullins, and Devon Allman


The Day

Written By: Marshall Ruffin

Copyright 2009

Lay me down
Find it clear
Cross (close ) your eyes
And disappear
You will fall behind
The wall resigned
As if to say
It's better to leave you
Than to stay

You laugh and sing
In your stormy way
Your body brings me to my knees
For another day
All them lonely tears
Will soon appear
So far refined
Bend you down
Your will maligned

Morning Glory

Written By: Marshall Ruffin

Copyright 2009

I see you had the nerve to tell the story
I'm sure I haven't much more to say
I feel as though I've drank enough of Morning Glory
To see me through the day
I haven't more to say
To see me through the day

I'm sure you felt you had a sterling reason
Well I think I'll have another glass of wine
It seems it's fallen down upon my season
To draw the battle line
And have another glass of wine
To draw the battle line

I'm sure you hoped that such good intentions
Would be met by much more concern
But not by my design
Or my invention
Another bridge is burned
Call it a lesson learned
Another bridge is burned

I'm sure you thought that I would learn my lesson
I'm sure you want to see me bend and pray
Alas from me you'll hear no new confession
To see you through the day
You better learn to pray
To see you through the day


Morning Glory - EP - Jammates Records 2009
Rich Man's Dime - EP - Jammates Records 2007

Set List


A Bear
Ain't Gonna Work
Alabaster Baby
Be My Man
Better Than Waiting
Call My Name
Cold Wind Blow
Fly, Fly, Fly
Morning Glory
Never Can Tell
Sailor Song
Song About A Bird
Songs I've Never Heard
The Barrio
Them Blues
The Day
When I Die


Before You Accuse Me � Elias McDaniel
Burn - Ray LaMontagne
Burning And Looting - Bob Marley
Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You - Frank Valli
Crazy - Willie Nelson
Crying Holy Unto The Lord - Traditional
Dire Wolf - The Grateful Dead
Down In The Hole - Tom Waits
Gone Away From Me - Ray LaMontagne
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas � (Christmas)
I Bid You Goodnight - Traditional
I'll Fly Away - Traditional
I'll Be Satisfied - Traditional
Jamaican Farewell - Traditional
Jesus Gonna Be Here - Tom Waits
Johnny Be Good - Chuck Berry
Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack
Let It Snow � (Christmas)
Love Potion #9 - The Drifters
Make It Rain - Tom Waits
Melissa � Allman B