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INTERVIEW: Ruthie Collins

Hi Ruthie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

I’ve been so great! Busy with everything going on but it’s been a very exciting summer!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Get Drunk and Cry”?

Yes! When I wrote “Get Drunk and Cry” with my friend Luke Sheets, I wasn’t even sure it was a song that would be shared with people! It felt so vulnerable, and very singer songwriter to me, I had no idea people would respond to it.  But the first time I played it out like 5 girls immediately after the show told me that they related to the song SO much. I realized very quickly it was a much more universal idea than I ever thought.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Ha ha… yes…  I remember sitting down with my co writer and telling him about a night I had had earlier that week. I was having a tough time in a relationship and I said to my friend Luke about this night “I just knew I was gonna get drunk and cry” and he immediately was like “Did you just say Get Drunk and Cry? Like it’s a verb?” And he just thought that was so interesting and so real… We wrote the song that day and I’ve always loved it.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

YES! We are actually in the process of recording a 5 Music Video series that will be released right before the record launches. And Get Drunk and Cry is pretty much the theme of the series : )

How was the recording and writing process?

It was amazing. We really took our time. I’ve been working on these songs for years. I’m so involved in the whole process, I really enjoy each and every part of it. I wrote every song on this record and I also co produced every song. Each one is a real story that is a very real part of my life. So to say I’m attached is an understatement!

Another thing that was so special is I got to bring in members of my band to record. They are my best friends and some of the most talented musicians I know so it meant the world to me to have them on this project.

In Home Made you are known for your DIY approach – do you also implement that into your music?

I actually joked with a friend that I DIY basically everything in life!  But I think yeah, I brought DIY into the music by being so involved in the entire creative process.  Writing the songs, writing guitar or bass parts ect…  I think it’s so important for artists to stay involved because you end up with a product that feels very true to self.

How’s your new album coming along?

It’s great!  It’s mixed and mastered and totally done and I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Actually the album title is also “Get Drunk and Cry” and it’s coming out this Oct!

Will you get to play with different styles on this new material?

I stay rooted pretty firmly in the traditional country with some progressive and commercial production.  But we definitely push those boundaries on the record. Some songs like “Mockingbird” are more bluegrass, and some like “Great Wide Open” are very pop with a western vibe as well.

Any plans to hit the road?

Yes! Playing shows all over the place and also gearing up for a big radio tour to promote the single!

What else is happening next in Ruthie Collins’ world?

Always working on projects!  I stay very busy to say the least! One of my favorites of late is my vintage clothing and accessories store “Hey Seymour” (@heyseymourvintage). We are located in the Bits and Pieces Antique Store in Germantown here in Nashville. I love being on the hunt for vintage goodies so this has been a blast for me!

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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