Our new album had its early release in May and its formal release in June.
Art Edelstein wrote a lovely review of it in that appeared in the Barre-Montpelier Times-Argus and the Rutland Herald. You can find the full review by clicking here, but here are some excerpts:
"Continuing their very successful recording career, the two Ripton musicians have produced an album that echoes their previous recordings. It is virtually flawless.” “Ruane’s song, “Ellie Brown,” tells a story about Vermont in the style of a traditional ballad that could have been collected by Helen Hartness Flanders.“ “As with the duo’s previous work, this is music with substance and intelligence covering a variety of themes.“ “Ranging from the light-hearted to the serious, the songs cover making stuffed clams in a factory, the toll addiction takes, lost love, living happily with love, two crows conversing, and imagining an extended personal ad from Vermont’s Seven Days weekly newspaper column “I Spy.” Many of the songs have a strong sense of place with specific references to locations around Vermont and elsewhere.” “With Richard Ruane and Beth Duquette, we are treated to a wonderfully entertaining album."
Ray Padgett, on the County Tracks website named the song Ellie Brown one of the best new songs of May 2018. Here's what he said:
"These are all the best Vermont songs, but this (Ellie Brown) is also the most Vermont song. Ruane packs in hyper-local references from Windham County to Middlebury to Rutland. You needn’t know any of those references to be transfixed by the song though. It sounds like an ancient folk tune, something Bob Dylan might have covered before he picked up a pen, but is in fact an original. An instant classic, beautifully aided by Beth Duquette’s harmonies."
Notch Road was chosen as a CD of the Week on Midnight Special Chicago 98.7 FM!