1st time Elliott Ruther Trio played publicly they got to honor King Records and perform for The Great Mr. Philip Paul. Mr. Paul drummed on over 350 King Records tracks from 1952-1964, including the 1st Train Kept A-Rollin' with Tiny Bradshaw, Fever with Little Willie John, The Twist with Hank Ballard, and Good Rockin' Tonight with Wynonie Harris. ------------- A Year to Hear -- Best Local Release 2005 CityBeat CITYBEAT: A YEAR TO HEAR -- Best Local Releases of 2005 Elliott Ruther Trio: Rock-N-Roll Conceived (in Cincinnati) From Punk, Rock, Folk and Funk to politics and religion, the Elliott Ruther Trio's 2005 disc was a spirited, memorable debut. The album is a potent combination of message and emotion, delivered with rawness and guided by Ruther's literate, guttural musings about his personal salvation. Sounding akin to the Violent Femmes fronted by a soulful Bob Dylan, Ruther's uncommon wordsmithery is the powerful hook in each track. (Sean Rhiney) Hottest funky rock players in the city CityBeat (9/21/5) Ruther has gone from solo/acoustic newbie to Rock God in the space of a few years. The clever politico stacked the deck in his favor with producer Bob Gayol (former MOTH) and a backing band of the hottest funky Rock players in the city; their improv excursions are pure bliss. ERT's musical tribute to King Records and Cincinnati's musical heritage was MPMF's 2004 theme song. Dig it: Led Zeppelin, Aquarium Rescue Unit, a juiced-up Randy Newman backed by WAR. (EW) 'Wouldn't you rather be where rock 'n' roll was conceived?' sings Ruther amid lyrics that reference a laundry list of those names and songs - from 'Train Kept a Rollin' ' to Bootsy Collins - that were Cincinnati's contribution to the rock landscape.' --(Cincinnati) Chris Varias, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/22/5 'a very accomplished collection of Ruther's well-crafted Blues- and Roots-inflected Rock songs' --(Cincinnati) Mike Breen, CityBeat, 4/23/5 'Literally, rock 'n' roll conceived.' --(Cincinnati) Christine MacConnell, CiN Weekly, 4/20/5 'Ruther's voice, a rapid-fire Neil Young style, evokes old school folk set on a rocket launcher. His clever lyrics are armed with poetic humor, and his songs are reminiscent of early funk - the dynamics are hard to pin down. Or up.' --(Cincinnati) Christine MacConnell, CiN Weekly, 4/20/5 'Ruther's 'Rock-in-Roll Conceived' flashes a gritty, loud, in-your-face sound with his mostly acoustic trio, proving that it isn't written anywhere that unplugged music has to be quiet music.' --(Cincinnati) Rick Bird, The Cincinnati Post, 4/21/5 'The Violent Femmes fronted by a soulful Bob Dylan' --(Cincinnati) Sean Rhiney, CityBeat, 5/4/5 'The centerpiece for the album is Ruther's 'Rock-n-Roll Conceived in Cincinnati,' a heartfelt salute to the legacy of King Records with such lyrics as 'Give me that Brown backbeat/ Give me dat Delmore Dance/ Bring me that Ballard bang/ Send me to Ron Isley's trance,' referencing artists that recorded here from James Brown and the Isley Brothers to the Delmore Brothers and Hank Ballard.' --(Cincinnati) Rick Bird, The Cincinnati Post, 4/21/5 'Elliott Ruther's obsession with King Records and the other howling sounds of Cincinnati's yesteryear reverberates in his song 'Rock-N-Roll Conceived.' --(Cincinnati) Chris Varias, The Cincinnati Enquirer, 4/22/5 (on the unlisted track) ''Upon Reading the Minutes of the SORTA Board,' an intense burst of old-school, bleeding-raw Punk that's actually about something (just like the good ol' days).' --(Cincinnati) Mike Breen, CityBeat, 1/6/5.