Ruth Greenwood

Ruth Greenwood

 Princeton, New Jersey, USA
BandAmericanaFolk

Powerful singer-songwriter with major label and TV cuts by other artists as well; passion, humor, warmth; 1st CD w/ airplay. Plays Bluebird Cafe, Nville's #1 writers club(wl lead own 2-hr round), Bitter End (NYC). Musician Mag recently called Sandy Zio's recording of Ruth's song "single-worthy."

Biography

Ruth Greenwood - "A classic singer/songwriter with a gift for story telling with great hooks and a voice to match!" Larry Oakes - Founder of "Singer/Songwriter Sessions NYC" - after booking/hearing Ruth at Bitter End

Ruth's first song on her first demotape out of college was recorded by Gail Wynters on RCA. The late John Hammond heard it and wrote that Ruth was "an excellent writer and good singer, very interesting". She performed at Folk City and other New York venues, and had songs recorded on major labels and broadcast on national TV.

Coming back to writing and performing after a decade-long break, Ruth first thought she'd pick it up again as a hobby...but found herself chatting online with a successful Bollywood songwriter, and discovered that she still had so much to express about songwriting...and about life. She began to write again. First online, and then live, she found a home for her music in Nashville, placing 4 songs in the top 15 of a song contest, and was a finalist in both the USA Songwriting competition (which has 32,000 entrants) and the Nashville Song Search . She is an invited performer at the Bluebird Cafe (her first two-hour round included Tony Arata, writer of Garth Brooks' mega-hit, "The Dance") and other venues in Nashville and New York. Here are some recent reviews: I've listened to it five times so far, and on every pass I get another insight(s) into my relationship with the women in my life. Thanks! This album should be required listening for all men, especially those who are wondering what to look for in a relationship and how to be in one (Debt). This album is just plain Honest...And you shouldn't apologize!! [Ruth's note: CD is called "I Won't Apologize"!] I'm going to send a letter to family and friends suggesting they buy it too.

By the way, I was trying to compare you to other singers and you know what? I can't because I think your style is your own. Keep bending your voice in the right spots--it works."

From a review in the June 2006 issue of Music Dish:

Ruth Greenwood makes an exceptionally strong debut with her CD "I Won't Apologize." With gripping, well-crafted lyrics and music, beautiful guitar and mandolin work along with Ruth's natural, raw and emotional vocals - every song on this CD sizzles. Greenwood deals with all facets of love in her CD, from losing love in "Wish I'd Known" and "Indian Summer" to unrequited love in "I Won't Apologize" and "What Is," to the joys and passion of love in "Hot" and "One." A wife and mother, Ruth also deals with family life in songs such as "Family Circus" and the lack of love in one of my favorite songs on the CD, called, "Debt."

"A little red-haired boy in a Yogi Bear T-shirt sits on the concrete stairs/ It's too dark to read his comic book - but his mama said "Stay there!" / She gives him food and shelter but she don't realize/ she's gotta listen to his story, look deep into his eyes / Damn that debt she makes him pay / That mama who didn't care much/ Mad at that daddy who didn't stay / He pays in tenderness that she don't show / Cause she don't know how to give what she didn't get / So a little boy pays / Damn that debt"

Although Ruth co-writes with mainstream country writers, her own music may draw from all the musics she's played and loved, including folk, rock, blues, R&B and jazz...sometimes just one unexpected note or chord or image that makes it jump out from the pack. Her beautiful, unique voice has been compared to a young Maria Maldaur, and a combination of Shawn Colvin, Alison Krauss and Norah Jones...with the emotions of a poet but the artistry of a real musician.

Although promotional efforts for her new CD have just started over the last 2 weeks, Ruth has been just been selected for WMVY.com, a Rockin' Mom and Texas countrypodcasts, KAOS-FM, Olympia WA, as well as sales in Barnes & Noble. She's been invited back for another show at Nashville's Commodore after her CD release showcase on February 7.

Lyrics

Name for This

Written By: Ruth Greenwood

NAME FOR THIS
(Ruth Greenwood)

Smart girl like me should know the A-to-Z of love
Every smooth maneuver that’s ever been thought of
I know a hundred kinds of touches
And every kind of kiss
But ooh baby, is there a name for this

Did you learn it in the service when you were overseas
Is this why old England is so jolly, why the laughing Buddha is Chinese
They should give a Nobel Peace prize
To whoever invented such bliss
Ooh baby, is there a name for this

I’d like to memorize it, so why don’t we take it from the top
Take it anywhere you want to, just as long as you don’t stop

Good thing we’re just beginning, sweet teacher’s got so far to go
On my higher education, there’s so much more I need to know
I think my eyes are crossing,
My sanity’s at risk
Ooh baby
Ooh baby
Ooh baby
Is there a name for this

On the Head of a Pin

Written By: Ruth Greenwood

HEAD OF A PIN
Ruth Greenwood

If you hold me too tightly, I’ll miss you too much when you go
But if you take me too lightly, it’ll hurt me much more, this we know
It’s a delicate balance
Keeping it right where it’s been
This impossible, gorgeous romance
We’re a man and a woman who dance on the head of a pin.

The remarkable thing is not that we dance and don’t fall
But that out of the billions, I ever found you at all
Maybe our souls are slated to spin round each other
Again and again and again, in
This impossible, gorgeous romance
We’re a man and a woman who dance on the head of a pin.

And the angels crowd round us
When I rest my head on your chest
You start to sing, to the beating of wings
And I think, oh God, how I am blessed

So let’s grab two handfuls of time as the chances fly by
To dream in your arms or feast on the joy in my eyes
Here where we hover, angels and lovers
Let the song that we are begin
This impossible, gorgeous romance
We’re a man and a woman who dance on the head of a pin.
This impossible, gorgeous romance
We’re a man and a woman who dance, like angels, on the head of a pin.

Contact: Ruth Greenwood 615-664-3035/609-577-3692 ruth@ruthgreenwood.com

Debt

Written By: Ruth Greenwood

DEBT
(Ruth Greenwood)

A little redhaired boy in a Yogi Bear T-shirt sits on the concrete stairs
It's too dark to read his comic book—but his mama said “Stay there!”
She gives him food and shelter, but she don’t realize
She’s gotta listen to his story, look deep into his eyes
Damn that debt
She makes him pay
That mama who didn’t care much
Mad at that daddy who didn’t stay
He pays in tenderness that she don’t show
Cause she don’t know how to give what she didn’t get
So a little boy pays.
Damn that debt
Well, I fell in love with that redhaired boy long after he’d become a man
But why he leaves so much undone I didn’t understand
He never asks a question about my dreams, my thoughts, my history
And when I was hurt and needed him most, he was nowhere to be seen.
Damn that debt
He makes me pay
Pay for his mama who didn’t care much
Pay for his daddy who didn’t stay
I pay in tenderness that he don’t show
Cause he don’t know how to give what he didn’t get
So I’m the one who pays
Damn that debt.
And I am saying
I am not staying
Cause I can’t keep paying and paying and paying
Damn that debt
That we all pay
For those mamas who do not care much
For those daddies who do not stay
Pay in tenderness that no one shows
Cause they don’t know how to give what they didn’t get
So everyone pays…
Like that red-haired boy in a Yogi Bear T-shirt
Sitting on the concrete stairs
Where it’s too dark…
It’s too dark…
It’s too dark…

Wish I'd Known

Written By: Ruth Greenwood

WISH I’D KNOWN
(Ruth Greenwood)

The last time that I saw you
Was on a Sunday afternoon
You kissed me,
Then you climbed into your car
When you said, "I've gotta run,"
I knew you had to go
What I didn't know was how far.

Wish I’d known
Wish I’d known
I'd have framed that kiss in gold
I'd have carved your mouth in stone
I'd have fasted 'til the taste of you
Had sunk into my bones.
It was the last time, this lifetime.
Wish I’d known

I took a lot for granted.
I realize that now.
Like the hearts you drew me on our shower door.
Morning coffee on the nightstand
When you loved me, it grew cold (or “When we made love, it grew cold”)
Oh I can't believe
That I won't hold you any more.

Wish I’d known
Wish I’d known
I'd have framed that kiss in gold
I'd have carved your mouth in stone
I'd have fasted 'til the taste of you
Had sunk into my bones.
It was the last time, this lifetime.
Wish I’d known

Contact: Ruth Greenwood 615-349-1343– ruth@ruthgreenwood.com

Indian Summer

Written By: Ruth Greenwood

Indian Summer
(Ruth Greenwood)

It’s about time for those Canadian winds
To come barreling down the prairie again
Time for folding up my white sundresses and putting them away
But Mother Nature is a lot like me
She’s saying, “Don’t leave, please don’t leave”
And she’s handed us another golden glorious day

It’s Indian summer and winter’s on its way
Maybe we’ll have one warm week
Maybe just a day
Maybe just a moment
But let’s take it anyway
It’s Indian summer
Won’t you stay.

Let’s walk home barefoot on carpets of leaves
Trading cider kisses for harvest dreams
While we’re lying in long shadows in a back bedroom
If I could only stop this year
I’d keep the calendar and you right here
Why does everything beautiful have to end too soon?

It’s Indian summer and winter’s on its way
Maybe we’ll have one warm week
Maybe just a day
Maybe just a moment
But let’s take it anyway
It’s Indian summer
Won’t you stay

Contact : ruth@ruthgreenwood.com

Happy on Top

Written By: Ruth Greenwood/Alan Bennett

HAPPY ON TOP
(Ruth Greenwood, Alan Bennett)

I’m happy on top, happy on the bottom
Meet me in the middle it’ll work out fine
Rules for love, we all got ‘em
Show me yours and I’ll show you mine

We don’t need to talk about Mars and Venus
I just need a man with a great big
Sense of humor
Who can do more
With a wink of his eyes
Then the hands of ten ordinary guys
Make me laugh ‘til I can’t stop
That gets me hot

I’m happy on top, happy on the bottom
Meet me in the middle it’ll work out fine
Rules for love, we all got ‘em
Show me yours and I’ll show you mine
I’m happy on top, happy on the bottom
Happy on top, happy on the bottom

Making it last takes more than luck
There’s a time to talk and a time to
Let it slide
Let things ride when times get tough
Stick it out when the going gets tough
I don’t need a man who’s pure elastic
But if he’s got a little give, that would be fantastic)

I’m happy on top, happy on the bottom
Meet me in the middle it’ll work out fine
Rules for love, we all got ‘em
Show me yours and I’ll show you mine
Happy on top, happy on the bottom
Happy on top, happy on the bottom

Contact: ruth@ruthgreenwood.com

Discography

Current CD "I Won't Apologize" airplay on WMVY-FM (song "What Is"), KAOS-FM (song(s)) TBA), Shonan Beach FM (Japan) ("Name for This" has been the featured song for May), WCVF 88.9 FM in FREDONIA NY (and over 35 international stations) (song "What Is") WDIY-FM, Lehigh Valley PA ("Wish I'd Known" and "I Won't Apologize"), Rockin' Mom podcast (song "Debt"), Murphy's Saloon Blues Podcast, Radio Crystal Blue podcast, --everywhere it's been submitted so far.

Ruth Greenwood was featured in a spotlight segment of Chick Chat Radio, nationally-syndicated program whose hosts were recently named "Rising Stars of Talk Radio" by Radio & Records magazine.
(To listen to a clip of this segment, including "Family Circus" go to http://mamapalooza.com/chickchat.html) Mamapalooza founder Joy Rose talks about Ruth's performances and her experience both as a musician and as a working mother.

Ruth's songs have been recorded by :

Gail Wynters (RCA)
Engelbert Humperdinck (Epic)
Gary Portnoy (Columbia)
Kids from FAME (RCA, #1 in Europe)
Mike Mandel (Vanguard)
Ruth Greenwood (Ruthenium)
KT Oslin
Saundra Steele (Picalic - Nashville)
Bluewater (H&L Records)
Sandy Zio

Network TV shows:
FAME TV (re-released Nov. 2005 on Sony DVD)
Texas

Set List

Perform solo and with second guitarist. Can do two 40-minute sets of original songs.