Elin Ruth at the Living Room 12/6/12

Elin Ruth

The Living Room

December 6, 2012

Dressed in a black and white checkered, knee-length dress, and with a small flower in her hair, the tall, tattooed Swedish-born singer/songwriter Elin Ruth bore an uncanny resemblance to a pinup model from the 1940s and 1950s. Without a doubt, the woman is beautiful – and beautiful in a classic, and timeless manner. while projecting a natural, easy-going self-assuredness, charm and intelligence.

Of course, as music blogger, I’ve seen a fair share of singer/songwriters and in some way, I admit to generally feeling jaded and unimpressed by most singer/songwriters but when Ruth spoke in her lilting Swedish-accented English, I was smitten.

It shouldn’t be surprising that her look is quite fitting for her sound which owes a large debt to the Americana and other records her dad used to listen to when she was a girl in her native Sweden. We’re talking about Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and others. That was reaffirmed by the fact that live she’s backed by a bassist and a cellist… With a voice that is reminiscent of the great Dusty Springfield, Ruth’s songs are incredibly well written – the material is largely based on her experiences, most of which will strike you as being quite profound, and at times sad. “Oh, My Do I Long for You,” is a sweet song, written after a period of prolonged separation from her then-boyfriend, now husband. The song has an aching and burning desire. Another song “It’s a Cold, Long Winter,” was played with a jazzy swing that could have made the song more of a jazz standard. But at the heart of the song was a lonely, wind-blown feel. 

Ending her set with a cover of the great Hank Williams seemed appropriate, and she covered him in the same matter she did with her work – with class, grace and a generous sense of humor. 

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