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Ruth (band)

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Genres  Indie rock
Labels  Tooth & Nail
Genre  Indie rock
Years active  2005–present
Website  ruththeband.com
Record label  Tooth & Nail Records
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Members  Dustin Ruth Nicholas Wiinikka Jesse Counts Ryan Peterson
Past members  Daniel John Passera Matt Roberts Brett Van Liew Justin Schiermeister Reid VanAtta
Origin  Battle Ground, Washington, United States (2005)
Albums  Secondhand Dreaming, Anorak, Hoera Voor Het Leven
Similar  Dustin Ruth, David Tavaré, TRC, Monika Christodoulou, Trojan

Ruth is a four-piece Christian indie band from Battle Ground, Washington. Ruth's debut album, Secondhand Dreaming, was released June 26, 2007.



Dustin Ruth moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of finding band members to join him to form a band. After searching for some time, he finally found a group of people in his hometown of Portland, Oregon that also wanted to form a band. The band's name "Ruth" is a reference to the lead singer's last name, and is also an acronym for "Return Us to Him".

In early 2006, they released a self-titled EP and promoted their music by playing concerts along the West Coast of the United States. They were signed on by Tooth & Nail Records in fall 2006, and began recording their full-length debut album.

Secondhand Dreaming

In November 2006, they finished recording their debut album, Secondhand Dreaming, with producer Aaron Sprinkle. It was subsequently released on June 26, 2007, and Ruth supported the album while on tour with label mates Emery and Surrogate. In late 2007, Ruth embarked on the "Appetite for Construction Tour" with Switchfoot and Relient K, a tour which supported the charity Habitat For Humanity.


Following the release of Secondhand Dreaming, the band began recording their second album Anorak in early 2008. They worked with Chris Keene of Surrogate as the album's producer, as well as Aaron Sprinkle again. The recording was completed in May 2008, and the album was released on October 28, 2008 in the United States.

The Covers EP

In April 2009, Ruth toured with Falling Up on their Fangs! tour.

On August 25, 2009, Ruth digitally released a five-song EP covering artists such as Coldplay, Tracy Chapman, Buddy Holly, Mr. Big, and the Everly Brothers. The first song to be released was the cover of Coldplay's "Fix You".

As of January 13, 2010, Ruth was no longer signed to Tooth & Nail. The band is still active, but is currently independent.


In November 2011, they released a video of a new song, "Life is Just a Dream".

This song was included in Ruth's album Payola, released on March 6, 2012 in partnership with MTV.

Current members

  • Dustin Ruth — lead singer, guitar, harmonica
  • Nicholas Wiinikka — lead guitar
  • Jesse Counts — bass
  • Ryan Peterson — drums
  • Former members

  • Matt Roberts – drums
  • Daniel Passera – drums
  • Justin Schiermeister – bass
  • Brett Van Liew - bass
  • Reid VanAtta – drums
  • Cody Ray Thompson – drums
  • Albums

  • Voilà - (2014)
  • Payola – In Partnership with MTV (2012)
  • The Covers EP - Tooth & Nail Records (2009)
  • Anorak – Tooth & Nail Records (2008)
  • Secondhand Dreaming – Tooth & Nail Records (2007)
  • Ruth EP – independent (2006)
  • Singles

  • 2007: "Cross the Line"
  • 2007: "You Are", No. 16 on the R&R magazine November 17, 2007 chart
  • 2008: "One Foot In, One Foot Out"
  • 2008: "Back to the Five"
  • TV placements

    Happy Endings (ABC)

  • You've Changed
  • Fox Family Countdown (FOX)

  • Back To The Five
  • Teen Mom 2 (MTV)

  • My One and Only
  • Punk'd (MTV)

  • You've Changed
  • 10 on Top (MTV)

  • Life Is Just A Dream
  • Alone
  • Friendzone (MTV)

  • My One And Only
  • Summer Fire
  • Darling Why?
  • Alone
  • You've Changed
  • Made (MTV)

  • My One and Only
  • The Real World: St. Thomas (MTV)

  • My One and Only
  • Life Is Just A Dream
  • Underemployed (MTV)

  • Love & Craigslist
  • I'm Married To A... (VH1)

  • Life Is Just A Dream
  • My Big Redneck Vacation (CMT)

  • Love & Craigslist
  • Sell This House Extreme (A&E)

  • Darling Why?

  • Summer Fire
  • Songs

    Rosa DearVoilà · 2014
    Darling WhyPayola · 2012
    Back to the FiveAnorak · 2008


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