Muddy Ruckus is a punk blues rock duo from Portland, Maine. The stripped down power duo features guitarist Ryan Flaherty and percussionist Erika Stahl. The band blends rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit and is known for a full rock band sound, despite that they're a duo. They season their music with the salt of the eastern old ports, backroad electric grooves, and the mud of the Mississippi River where Flaherty grew up. The New York Music Daily calls Muddy Ruckus "Darkly Inventive Americana". In April 2016, Muddy Ruckus was awarded "Best in State of Maine" by the New England Music Awards.
Muddy Ruckus' sophomore album "Pretty Bones" released in June 2016 and was named "Album of the Year" from Red Line Root's. Erika and Ryan worked on this album for 8 months in 2015 with limited rehearsal space, developing most of the album on the road, at shows and in the studio. The duo is now officially born, and the hints of rock layered over folk and old timey music on 'Pretty Bones' are only soft reflections of what's to come from Muddy Ruckus. The lyrics call for your attention and the soul-fullness of both Erika and Ryan's vocals draw in the salt and shadow of the bands murky beginnings and luminous future. Muddy Ruckus released their third album 'Bellows To Mend' on June 1st, 2018. The album was recorded at The Bulkhead in Scarborough, Me and mastered at Gateway Mastering in Portland, ME and was received with wide critical acclaim. Join us as we welcome one of Maine's hottest musical exports to the Bayside Bowl roof for the first time!
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