Ruth Moody’s debut solo album The Garden is released January 16 on Red House Record - the first full-length solo album from the founding member of the Billboard-charting folk supergroup The Wailin’ Jennys.
The release comes a day before she plays The Black Horse, Amberley (Tuesday, January 17).
Ruth has long been recognised for her captivating voice, superb musicianship and impressive songwriting, says promoter Geraint Jones.
“Ruth displays all this and more on this stunning, highly-anticipated release.
“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.”