As an original member of Calabogie Road, Ruth is the 'Ma Barker' to these guys. Music has played a major part in her life for the past fift…ahhhh many years. A sister to seven brothers and a sister, an aunt to their families, a wife, a mother of two grown boys and two lovely daughters–in–law, a grandmother of five, a retired school bus driver of 24 years, she keeps busy with the family, sewing, painting, camping, bow hunting, and her most favorite pastime - Detroit Tiger Baseball. A resident of the great state of Michigan all her life, she was active in the folk, Americana music scene until joining up with the West Michigan Bluegrass Music Association. She quickly became an active member holding the Secretary’s job for several years and was involved with their two annual festivals that are held in Lowell Michigan, at the Kent County Fairgrounds. Activities coordinator, leading voice workshops, being a judge for the Spring Song Writers Contest in 2009, she is no stranger to the happenings in the Bluegrass Festival world. Ruth plays rhythm guitar for the band, does much of the lead singing, adds harmonies for the guys in the band, and has written some of the band's original songs.
“I love playing music and traveling with these guys. We have a lot of fun together and I have met the nicest people around the campfires late at night at the festival jams. I know I’ll be meeting many more in the years to come. I hope you’re one of them. Come on out and visit with us, I’d love to meet you.”