Band of Ruhks
“A fresh, new approach that will have people talking all summer long.”
— Bluegrass Today
When Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby and Kenny Smith unite on stage, there’s bound to be magic in the air! These three mavericks first made music together in the 1990’s as three-quarters of the Lonesome River Band. In the ensuing two decades, each has become a top name draw in bluegrass. Now with young banjo dynamo, John Meyer, they make their Grey Fox debut appearance as Band of Ruhks.
With a string of awards including the IBMA and SPGBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year, Ronnie Bowman is one of bluegrass music’s finest singers and songwriters. He’s written #1 hits for several major country artists and led his own band, The Committee. He also tours with Lee Ann Womack and Dan Tyminski. A formidable music producer, Ronnie is often found behind the mixing console at the helm of various high level recording sessions.
Coal Mining Man:
A charter member of the super group, Longview, Don Rigsby has always maintained a strong love for old school bluegrass. After forming his own band, Midnight Call, he toured across the US and overseas. He’s provided harmony vocals on such heralded projects as Alan Jackson’s Bluegrass Album (along with Ronnie Bowman), James King’s Three Chords and the Truth and Peter Rowan’s Old School.
Kenny Smith found success touring and recording with his wife as the Kenny & Amanda Smith band. They captured the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year award in their first year out. An original guitar stylist, Kenny is a two-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year winner. His recent CD, The Return, was a follow-up to his classic solo project Studebaker.
The group’s self-titled debut album, Band of Ruhks. highlights songs from such writers as Mark Collie, Chris Stapleton, Harley Allen, and Ronnie Bowman. The first single from the project, Coal Mining Man, co-written by Bowman and Mark Collie, features an opening cameo from the iconic Dr. Ralph Stanley.