We won Best Folk Act at the 2019 PHL LIVE Center Stage Awards! 🎉🏆
It was an absolute honor to have been nominated alongside @emilydrinker , @revtjmcglinchey , @honeybadgerfolk and @meghancarymusic . They are all powerhouse musicians with really creative work. Please check them out!
Thank you to everyone at @phllive for putting this together and elevating all of the nominees in every genre! 💛
The 411 blog featured “Open” as the Song of the Day!
“Their newest single is called “Open”. It starts out bright with horns and a tight snare beat. The beat stays hopeful throughout. The lyrics “My heart is always open” really projects the thought behind the single. “Always be the light that guides” really captures the upbeat and joyous feeling the song carries. If you need a good midweek or mid-day pick me up head on over to YouTube and check out this new single with its brand new music video. The video is filled with smiles and dancing crowds of fans. It really shows the listener/viewer how thrilling a live performance from this gaggle of musicians can be.”Violet Rosette – The 411
Read the full article here!
Stay tuned for upcoming news!
Stella Ruze – “Open”
-This is a bit more up tempo, more toward the folk rock style. It’s got a Tom Petty flavor to it at times and I’m not mad about that. The rollicking vibe makes it feel like a fun Friday night out with friends. There’s some common folk philosophy about opening your heart here that fits well with the overall approach. That organ and horn work — swooooon.
Stella Ruze just announced that they’ll return with their next album, The Greater Dog, in the new year. The seven-piece folk/roots-rock band led by Brendan Johnson and Katie O’Donnell formed in Manayunk in 2014, and shared their debut LP two years later. The Greater Dog will be the band’s first release since their 2017 self-titled EP.
The Greater Dog‘s lead single, “Open,” is out now, and the band also shared a music video filmed by Skyler Jenkins, that sets tour footage to the upbeat song. Watch the band as they travel the open road, play shows — including the stellar set The Key caught at Philadelphia Folk Fest in August — and record their new tunes in the studio.
Who’s Next: 16 up-and-coming bands and musicians shaping Philly’s music scene
By Anna Orso, Billy Penn
“Who’s Next Because: Stella Ruze has years of experience performing gigs in bars and parties across Philadelphia while lead vocalist Brendan Johnson sings and trumpet calls linger. Their performances are highlighted by steady guitar grooves and fiery interplay between trumpet and keyboard, and choruses bring the entire band together in four-part harmonies.”
Catch the genre-crossing sounds of Stella Ruze this weekend at the Hidden River Blues Fest
By Joseph Bloss, The Key
“But the band is able to fulfill that self-supplied label with the genre-crossing sound it prides itself so heavily on. Folky vibes line the vocal harmonies of Brendan Johnson and Katie Burke and their string work on mandolin and guitar. The Lumineers tag is prevalent in songs like “Chivalry” and “Windows,” while the similarities to Trombone Shorty are more obviously heard in brass numbers like “Somebody Told Me.” And with keyboard work from Mason Wallack, the sound is completed to occupy something at the intersection of folk, jazz, and pop.”