Ruth Purves Smith & the 581

Ruth Purves Smith & the 581

 Calgary, Alberta, CAN
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

This is the real stuff folks!! This girl has been there. A masterful storyteller and weaver of musical journies, Ruth Purves Smith leads you into a world from the past all mixed up with today. The lines of time blur as she dances you through her wanderings. Hold on friends! Here she comes!!!

Biography

Ruth Purves Smith Biography

Ruth’s childhood rambled the prairie highways between urban and country homes. Her mother, a cultured English teacher, lived in the city, and her father and stepmother operated an antique woolen mill in Rural Alberta. This paradox is apparent in Ruth’s music. While the stories may appear to be simple, traditional country, they are supported by a sound that pulls influence from the city: complicated, restless and sometimes loud. The story of Ruth’s career is no different.

In the fall of ’87, Ruth answered an ad for a “girl country singer” The ad was posted by Frank James, a one man band who played the bass guitar with his toes while playing guitar with his left hand and piano with his right. Frank had appeared on the Johnny Carson Show and That’s Incredible. Wow, the Big Time. Ruth soon discovered however that Frank was nuts. She recalls, “As long as my hair was big enough and my skirt was short enough, Frank would play the songs at their proper tempo. Otherwise it was “Blue Eyes Cryin in the Rain” at 90 miles an hour.

Next came Ruth’s first real band, Rodeo-A-Go-Go. In it’s various incarnations, Rodeo traveled the “B” country circuit throughout rural Alberta. The band was often too far out to be country, but too country to be anything else. This didn’t make for a very long run. By 1989, it was over.

Ruth then joined an Edmonton road band for a while, played the odd solo engagement, and in1993 joined the all girl trio Roadside Turnout . The highlights of their time together include a performance at the Calgary Folk Festival, and the birth of her first child.

The fall of ‘93 marked a break for Ruth, who then focused on raising her young family and writing her own music. Though she was occasionally involved in the writing process over the years, she was fundamentally playing other people’s music. Now, she was writing her own and loving it.

After the birth of her second child in ‘96, Ruth embarked on her solo career - opening at different clubs and events, including a couple of shows for Fred Eaglesmith.

Ruth’s endeavors include co-writing and performing the song Big Skies on the compilation Rivers and Rails and the recording of her debut CD “Out in the Storm”.
"Out In the Storm" has garnered critical acclaim across North America, with radio campaigns through Tinderbox Music & Kyle Meredith promotions. The release of "Out In the Storm" has allowed Ruth & the 581 to perform at numerous festivals this past season.
2011 Update: Hey Kids! We're licensed to MTV, came in at #69!!! in the 2010 Top 100 on Canada's bastion of musical culture, CKUA Radio ( 16 transmitters around Alberta & world wide on the web!) As well, we garnered a grant to record our next full length CD- Thanks RAWLCO!!! Currently, we're in the studio workin' on it.
WINTER 2011: Just completed a recording at 'Just B's House of Rock' with Justin Burgess & Bill Durst. The new cd comes out in the late spring, and the old one is still stirring it up; great review in this summer's "PENGUIN EGGS"!

Lyrics

Out in The Storm Part II

Written By: Ruth Purves Smith

OUT IN THE STORM PART II

I've been ridin' now 13 days straight, and my horse just come up lame
Left me twisted in this distant night alone out on the Plain
But the stars they shine like diamonds in that sky so far away

I been runnin' hard with all my soul, now my hand's played up this game
Don't know where it was I thought I'd go it would always be the same
as those stars that shine like diamonds in that sky so far away

Now when the darkness comes to take me down, don't 'spose I'll be afraid
'Cause the Devil's had his way with me and that randsom can't be paid
but those stars they'll shine like diamonds in that sky so far away

Now I killed a man or maybe 10, but it don't matter any more
I'm just flyin' blind 'till I reach the end where the good Lord closed that door, ya the good Lord closed that door, ya the Good Lord's closing that door
And those stars they'll shine like diamonds when I ain't round here no more

Where Does This Thing End

Written By: Ruth Purves Smith

Where Does This Thing End – Lyrics

A very dear friend lost his way one day…

You’ve got to get yourself on a better path
You’ve got to get yourself down the road
You’ve got to get yourself right back on track
Baby, baby, you know you’re not alone

‘Cause I’m walkin’ with you inside your heart
I know that somehow you can find the start
Don’t you give up now
You’ll make it through somehow
You’ve just gotta step out of the dark

You can fly like an eagle
You can roll like the wind
But if you don’t come back down to earth
I don’t know where this thing might end

It’s been a long rough ride just to get ya here
You’re just flyin’ high without no fear
But when the time is right
To end this crazy flight
That’s when you’re gonna find me here

You can fly like an eagle
You can roll like the wind
But if you don’t come back down to earth
I don’t know where this thing might end

You can fly like an eagle
You can roll like the wind
But if you don’t come right back down to earth
I don’t know where this thing might end no
Ya if you don’t come right back down to earth
I guess I know where this thing ends

© Ruth Purves Smith Music

Out In the Storm Part I

Written By: Ruth Purves Smith

Out In The Storm part I – Lyrics

Once the line of redemption seems crossed what happens? We’re there in the twister. This song was inspired by Ralph Boyd Johnson, Corb Lund and Custom Woollen Mills’ duster.

You know I cried when you went to town
You know I cried when they gunned you down
You know I cried when you didn’t come home
Now my tears run down Forsaken Road

My sister said that you weren’t no good
She said you’d ‘mount to nothin’ and she knew you would
Said someday you would leave me cold
Out in the storm and all alone
Alone along this one way road

You know I cried when you went to town
You know I cried when they gunned you down
You know I cried when you didn’t come home
Now my tears run down Forsaken Road

The Sheriff said ya never had a chance
Those men were bad, they played a dirty hand
It weren’t yer fault that they stole our land
So I knew I had to make a plan
The time was now to make a plan

Packed up the horse and the shootin’ iron
Put out the lamp and I killed the fire
Left that old farmhouse a-wired
‘Cause TNT don’t take no sides
Ya TNT don’t give free rides

You know I cried when you went to town
You know I cried when they gunned you down
You know I cried when you didn’t come home
Now my tears run down Forsaken Road

Out in the Storm
Out on the run
Out in the cold
With this six gun
No one will know
What I have done
Our home’s a gone
But I’ll have won…

© Ruth Purves Smith Music

I Know The Way

Written By: Ruth Purves Smith

I Know The Way – Lyrics

My Ma passed in August of 2007, same day as Elvis. I guess that must mean she’s still kickin’ around somewhere. Hi Mom! Hi Elvis!
It is said that a good sense of humor is essential to making it through the grey these days. Ya, we’re all laughin’ now. Ha, ha, ha… ya I know the way.

Mama don’t you cry for me
You know that I am
Coming home
Mama don’t you cry for me
‘Cause I’ll get there on my own

Babies don’t you cry for me
When I’m out
On the road
Babies don’t you cry for me
‘Cause you’ll never be alone
No you won’t

‘Cause
I know the way
To get there today
I know the way
To get there now
I know the way
To get there today
We’re all gonna make it
Through somehow

Taxman don’t you try for me
‘Cause I ain’t got
Nothin’ left
Taxman don’t you try for me
You’re gonna bleed me right to death

Preacher don’t you sigh for me
You know I know
Where to go
Preacher don’t you sigh for me
‘Cause I know my own soul
Yes I do

‘Cause
I know the way
To get there today
I know the way
To get there now
I know the way
To get there today
We’re all gonna make it
Through somehow

© Ruth Purves Smith Music

Doin' The Dance

Written By: Ruth Purves Smith

Doin’ The Dance – Lyrics

Really, I love dancing.

We dance in the Darkness
Sailing for day
We dance in the Shadow
Not knowing our way
We dance to the Edge
Our stride gone astray
We just keep dancin’
There ain’t no other way

Now God is in Heaven
And he has his plan
But we’re havin’ a spell
Where we don’t quite understand
S’pose time will reveal
What He has in His hand
But until then
We’re just don’ the Dance

We dance in the Darkness
Sailing for day
We dance in the Shadow
Not knowing our way
We dance to the Edge
Our stride gone astray
We just keep dancin’
There ain’t no other way

So as we glide ‘cross
Life’s little Stage
It’s best not to give in
To anger and rage
Let love be your lone partner
May you have courage and grace
As you do that last waltz
At the end of the race

‘Cause we all dance in that Darkness
We’re just sailing towards the Day
Ya we dance in the Shadow
Not quite knowing our way
We dance to the Edge
Our stride gone astray
We just keep dancin’
There ain’t no other way
We just keep dancin’
There ain’t no other way

© Ruth Purves Smith Music

Discography

Ruth co-wrote and recorded the song "Big Skies" on the 2007 release of "Rivers & Rails". This compilation album received numerous accalades; voted best Country CD of 2007 in Cowboy Magazine, and "Big Skies" became one of the hits from the venture.
As well, Ruth has released a 3 song EP.
Both these projects are garnering radio play.
2008 found Ruth with 2 more self composed songs on compilation CD's- "Ride Around" on' Homefest' 2008, and "Cheyenne's Song" on 'Hospice Calgary'. As well, Ruth's rendition of Pat Hatherley's, "Northern Lights" charted #1 on four Broadjam charts stateside!!
The latest release,"Out In The Storm", a full length, all self composed original CD is at College & AAA Americana Radio across Canada & The USA!

Set List

Sets are as long as needed. The music is all original. 3 -45 minute sets max +/-.