Rich Ruth preps ‘Water Still Flows,’ touring (listen to “No Muscle, No Memory”)

Nashville experimental musician Rich Ruth will release Water Still Flows, his second album for Third Man, on June 21.

“After spending a large portion of the past 12 years touring and recording, none of this stuff has gotten easier,” Rich says. “Much of the anxiety and intense feelings I’ve poured into this record are a direct correlation to the uncertainty of trying to earn a living with music. Despite many hopeful opportunities I’ve been given, it has taken a toll on my body and mental health merely trying to survive playing music in the current age. The soothing quality of these new pieces reflect a constant search for solitude and stability. The frenetic, heavier parts mirror the tense variability I feel on a regular basis as a working musician. At the end of the day, all of the sacrifice and uncertainty is a small price to pay for the privilege to share this music with people.”

First single “No Muscle, No Memory” which has a sort of Steve Reich by way of Tangerine Dream sort of feel, ambient but not wallpaper, with melody, form, noise and nicely skronky sax. You can watch the video below.

Rich will be on tour this spring and summer, with headline shows sprinkled in with dates supporting All Them Witches and Mikaela Davis. The tour wraps up in Brooklyn for a record release show on June 28 at Union Pool. All dates are listed below.

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1. Action at a Distance
2. Crying in the Trees
3. God Won’t Speak
4. No Muscle, No Memory
5. Aspiring to the Sky
6. Blue Shell
7. Somewhere in Time

Rich Ruth – 2024 Tour Dates:
4/28: Fort Worth, TX – Tulips *
4/29: Oklahoma City, OK – Beer City Music Hall *
5/1: Baton Rouge, LA – Chelsea’s Live *
5/3: Knoxville, TN – The Pilot Light ~
5/4: Asheville, NC – Eulogy ~
5/5: Winston-Salem, NC – The Ramkat *
5/8: Raleigh, NC – King’s ~
5/9: Charleston, SC – Music Farm *
5/10: Savannah, GA – Victory North *
6/22: Nashville, TN – The Blue Room ~
6/25: Washington DC – Pearl Street Warehouse ^
6/26: Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s ^
6/27: Woodstock, NY – Colony ^
6/28: Brooklyn, NY – Union Pool ~

~ Headline Dates
* w/ All Them Witches
^ w/ Mikaela Davis