Official "Pretty Bones" Released by Muddy Ruckus - June 25th, 2016, Order and listen to the single below!
"Legit dance hall crashers" - Glide Magazine
"Infectious, foot stomping americana tunes. Similar to the White Stripes in duo power, Muddy Ruckus delivers a full bodied sound with nothing but guitar and suitcase drums."
- The Sound
"Reverend Horton Heat, Loretta Lynn, rockabilly and bluegrass"
- Evolvement Radio
"makes you want to hoot and clap in revivalist fashion"
- Red Line Roots
"a sound reminiscent of foot-stomping delta dance parties"
- Glide Magazine
Album of the Year
Red Line Roots
Best Songs of 2014
Best in Maine | 2016 New England Music Awards
Best Songs of 2016 | Daytrotter
Muddy Ruckus is a duo of darkly inventive americana rock. Guitarist Ryan Flaherty and percussionist Erika Stahl, of Portland, Maine, play a grungy style of railroad indie punk blues and brimstone folk. The band blends rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit, and is known for a full rock band sound, despite their duo status. They season their music with 'in-your-face' lyrics salted by the eastern old ports and mud of the Mississippi River where Flaherty grew up.
The New York Music Daily calls Muddy Ruckus “Darkly Inventive Americana.” Muddy Ruckus was awarded “Best in State of Maine 2016” by the New England Music Awards, and has been recently nominated for “2017 Roots Act Of The Year” by NEMA. Their second album, Pretty Bones, was awarded 2106 “Album of the Year" by Red Line Roots.
Muddy Ruckus just finished recording their third album in Scarborough, ME at Bulkhead Studios, where they also recorded Pretty Bones. The new album includes twelve new songs that resonate deeply with the grit and intensity of the last album, but with more focus on the electric rock sound heard live at MR shows. The album was recorded in two days, mostly live, with just drums, guitar and vocals and will be released in Jan 2018. The duo also released a 2 song EP on Aug 23, 2017 in response to the political unrest and rise of hate groups in the U.S. and abroad. The EP is entitled "Awakening Enkindled" and can be downloaded for free on Muddy Ruckus' bandcamp site.
"Swampy, dirty, gritty, gorgeous? Yeah, pretty much all that can be used to describe the blues infused punch of the Portland duo’s sound. Rich vocal harmonies, overdriven guitars and a driving percussion backbone that holds it all together. A little dark, a little light and a wonderful balance make this band one to watch in the next year.” Red Line Roots
"Pretty Bones: grit and soul. That is what I get from the driving guitar riffs and roller coaster arranged style of duo Muddy Ruckus. The band has a “Brown Bird-esque” vibe to them, with a heavy focus on a steady kick drum to keep time, harmonies that go from gentle to raucous in a matter of seconds and a fervor and passion to perform that is undeniable. Their 2016 release was filled with compelling songs with a forward driving, stirring arrangements and an unbridled zeal that was both exciting and engaging.” - Also from Red Line Roots
"Driving, compelling songs" - Red Line Roots
There are some spots in the Mississippi River, right outside our front door here in Rock Island, Ill., where the bald eagles are finding their dinners these stark and nasty days of winter. They perch themselves in the sad, crooked limbs near the water and they keep a close watch on what's just below the surface. They swoop down and clamp when they see something they like. They never get under the water, down to the bottom. It's where we found Rock Island-native and Maine-dwelling Ryan Flaherty a few weeks ago. We dredged him out of that mighty river's cold floor, down where all the secrets and regrets are thrown from bridges. He lives beneath the surface, as the songs he writes as Muddy Ruckus show. He finds something akin to pleasure in the undercurrents there. - Sean Moeller, Daytrotter.com
"Something Like Pleasure In The Undercurrents" by Sean Moeller, Daytrotter