Ruth Moody in Review

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Posted on Thursday, January 5th, 2012.

Ruth Moody’s debut solo album The Garden is released January 16 on Red House Records

The Garden is the first full-length solo album from Ruth Moody. A founding member of the Billboard-charting folk supergroup The Wailin’ Jennys, she has long been recognized for her captivating voice, superb musicianship and impressive songwriting. Ruth displays all this and more on this stunning, highly anticipated release.

Gardens, like the seasons, are symbols of life and its cycles.” Ruth says. “They have always been magical places for me–where the tiniest seeds are planted and grow into beautiful expressions of life.”

Appropriately, the album opens with ‘The Garden’, which refers to an awakening, according to Ruth. “It was inspired by a theme from Voltaire’s Candide – the idea that we must work on our garden and make our little corner of the world beautiful, in whatever way we can.” Performed on the banjo and layered with lush strings and harmonies, this is the perfect introduction to Ruth’s rich and vibrant collection of songs.

Stretching beyond traditional acoustic sounds, the record uses organ, horns and pedal steel to create radio-friendly pop tunes like ‘Travellin’ Shoes’ and ‘Closer Now’, in addition to more spare tracks like the traditionally-inspired ‘Nest’, the sensual ‘Cold Outside’ and the poignant ‘Never Said Goodbye’. An unexpected treat is the sweet and catchy duet ‘We Can Only Listen’, co-written with Matt Peters of The Waking Eyes. In addition to Peters, Ruth is joined by an all-star musical cast that includes neo-bluegrass band Crooked Still, Kevin Breit (Norah Jones, k.d. lang), Luke Doucet, and a guest appearance by The Wailin’ Jennys. Sure to be a hit with Americana and folk fans, Ruth’s verdant garden of songs is a breath of fresh air.