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Song Premiere: Melissa Ruth “Logger’s Lament”

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Melissa Ruth — Logger’s Lament

Americana Highways is hosting this premiere of Melissa Ruth’s song “Logger’s Lament” from her forthcoming album, Bones, due to be released on March 24. The album was  produced with all songs written by Melissa Ruth.  It was recorded, mixed and mastered by Don Ross Productions in Eugene, Oregon.

“Logger’s Lament” is Melissa Ruth on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and percussion; Johnny Leal on lead guitar; Scoop McGuire on bass; Matt Hill on keyboards and trumpet; Cameron Siegal on drums. Beautiful old growth forests and living pines frame the song of the complexities of the timber industry and the people affected when they need to shut down. Ruth’s vocals are laden with sincerity.  Listen and see.

I wrote “Logger’s Lament” shortly after reading Overstory Zero: Real Life in Timber Country written by Oregon author, Robert Leo Heilman. Having grown up in the rural West, I know that many aspects of our lives are based on natural resources and how we interact with and use them– timber in particular. Logging and forest management are such hot-button issues here and many people have strong opinions. Bob’s book inspired me to really examine my own opinions and take a closer look at the perspective of others–especially those most affected by a declining timber industry. This song came from those considerations. — Melissa Ruth

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