- Folk Rock
- Folk Rock
The vivid songwriting of Catie Curtis combines insightful lyrics with addictive melodies and energy. Catie’s studio work, engaging live shows and impressive touring career in the US and Europe earn rave reviews and wide recognition.
Her songs have been featured on Dawson’s Creek, Felicity, Alias, Chicago Hope, and Grey’s Anatomy, as well as in several independent films. She’s toured with Dar Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter and as part of Lilith Fair. Catie was named grand prize winner of the International Songwriting Competition, for her song “People Look Around”, co-written with Mark Erelli, from a field of 15,000 entries from 82 countries. The song appeared on Long Night Moon (©2006, Compass Records) an intricate work of stripped down modern folk. In the fall of 2008 Catie Curtis released the critically acclaimed Sweet Life (her ninth recording). Throughout the fall of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 Curtis toured Sweet Life, began a youth music endowment (“Aspire to Inspire”) and gave away guitars to underprivileged youth, and in January 2009 performed at the Human Rights Campaign’s official Obama inaugural ball. The Washington Post, The Advocate, TimeOut Chicago, and Curve Magazine all lined up to praise Sweet Life and Blurt went so far as to hail 2008 “The Year of Catie Curtis”.
Ruth Hill, songwriter, singer, and storyteller, is the most recent Grand Prize Winner of the Great American Song Contest! Her latest CD, Reunion of Broken Parts, was at the top of Folk DJ charts for the first 3 months of 2018.
Ruth has roots that run deep in the hills of New England. She’s inspired by the gritty joy of growing up as one of 10 kids in a working-class New Hampshire family, where she started singing with her older siblings at community events when she was six years old. Her wandering spirit has taken her from Antarctica, to Bhutan, to Alaska, with warmer stops in between. She writes about real people and the sweetness and sorrow of the world around her. Ruth accompanies herself expressively on guitar, and when she opens her heart and sings from a place of depth and compassion you are compelled to lean in closer.
Although Ruth started singing and playing music early in life, it took her until she was nearly a half century old before she finally found her songwriting voice, a few years later, she gave up her career as a river geologist and began performing and writing full time. “I don’t regret becoming a fulltime musician so late in my life,” Ruth says, “I’ve had a wonderful life full of rich adventures. But, I am thrilled to be here now! My recent successes have shown me that it’s never to late to learn to believe in yourself!”
Ruth is also the winner of the 2016 Maine Songwriter’s Association annual songwriting contest. Her first CD, The River Beneath Me, was released in 2011.