Portland, Maine-based acoustic power duo playing an original blend of Americana, gypsy stomp and epic rock
"Darkly inventive Americana." --New York Music Daily
Muddy Ruckus is Ryan Flaherty and Erika Stahl. Originally from Rock Island, IL, Flaherty met Stahl in 2013 in Portland, Maine. They played on porches, street corners and campfires and became Muddy Ruckus. An explosive mix of gypsy inspired guitar, edgy percussion, obscure lyrics and growling vocal harmonies, Muddy Ruckus pulls inspiration from the music they love: old-timey folk music, dirty blues, circa 1940, hot swing and American rock, dressing it with Dylan-esque lyrics that poke fun at society and examine the state of the world.
Muddy Ruckus released their self-titled album in the fall of 2014. The band has toured regionally and nationally, was nominated for the New England Music Awards "Best in State of Maine", and included in Daytrotter's "Best Songs Of 2014" list.