Muddy Ruckus is a duo of “darkly inventive americana” according to the New York Music Daily. Guitarist Ryan Flaherty and drummer Erika Stahl of Portland, Maine play a grungy style of railroad indie punk blues. This power-duo blends rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit, and is known for a full rock band sound.
Muddy Ruckus is wrapping up their fourth album in Portland, ME. The new album includes twelve new songs that resonate deeply with the grit and intensity of Muddy Ruckus previous music, but with more focus on the electric rock sound heard live at MR shows. The album was recorded over several months at home while drummer Erika Stahl was recovering from a Kidney Transplant during the Covid Pandemic.
“Using the striking, heavy language of romanticism, the emotional impact of the words is not so much overwhelming as it is effective. Rare that a song can accomplish what classic literature sought to.” – Gas Mask Magazine
“Legit dance hall crashers” – Glide Magazine
“Their music is down and dirty, steeped in the mud of the Mississippi delta and the Louisiana swamps, but also in the mud and grime of Woodstock and the mosh pit at an outdoor punk show.” – Maine Today
“Infectious, foot-stomping Americana tunes. Similar to the White Stripes in duo power, Muddy Ruckus delivers a full-bodied sound with nothing but a guitar and suitcase drums.” – The Sound
“The White Stripes of Delta Blues” – James Montgomery