Muddy Ruckus is an alternative rock 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 stripped-down power-duo blends rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit, and is known for a full rock band sound.
Muddy Ruckus released their new single "Brimstone" on Jan 25th, 2019. The song was recorded in their home studio in Maine. It begins with a haunting whistle to hook you in, followed by a jangly guitar and profound lyrics like “and I believe I’ll forget all about you, it’s the best thing I can do - for my anger it won’t bring me nothing but those foolish brimstone blues.” Transitioning between alternative rock and folk fusion, the duo keeps a foot in each door by featuring several of their influences in just one song.
"Portland’s Muddy Ruckus return to town to celebrate the release of their new haunting single, “From The Floor,” which has this vibe of being unnerving while in perfect harmony. It’s like goth- Americana playing on a loop at the funeral of rock ‘n’ roll. Real and raw, don’t miss them in the flesh." - motifri.com
Muddy Ruckus and The Z-Boys of Providence, RI released a 7" vinyl in March, 2019. The songs were recorded at the amazing Rocktorium Records in W Kingston, RI. The split-vinyl dropped with four shows in some of the best venues across New England, including One Longfellow Square in Portland, ME and Columbus Theatre in Providence, RI.