the Ruminants
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the Ruminants

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The Ruminants currently have no studio releases, but offer free recordings from various venues, rehearsals and jam sessions to patrons of their live shows!



Music for music's sake.

It's why Mike and Todd first climbed on a stage in the Alberta badlands, to bash out a blend of dirty western ballads and provoking pop for an appreciative audience of drinkers, thinkers and dancers. When the last mandolin solo ended, and the rhythm section rumbled to a halt, The Ruminants handed free recordings of their songs to those who asked — as they have at every show since, the stack of no-price discs disappeared in seconds. With free comes the freedom to play for the joy of it, not to pursue popularity. People like free, and we like to play: we'd offer sandwiches, but CDs are easier to stuff inside a guitar case.

With drum-man Ron Burland adding his creative back beats to the guitar, bass and mandolin foundation, The Ruminants are a band capable of fading to a melodic whisper, or leaving your nerves on edge with freight-train tempos. Less than a year since inception, it's a sound still under construction — and it probably always will be.

As FFWD magazine in Calgary put it, “The Ruminants only use country music as a jumping point to whichever genre suits their fancy at that particular moment.”

Amen to that — it's called music for music's sake.