Every Mother's Nightmare

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Every Mother's Nightmare
Also known as EMN
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Genres Hard rock,[1] hair metal[2]
Years active 1987—present


Perris Records
Associated acts Full Devil Jacket
Website www.emnrocks.com
Members Rick Ruhl
Travis Butler
John Guttery
Troy Fleming
Jim Phipps
Past members Steve Malone
Kris 'Newt' Beavers
Craig Santicola
Jim Phipps
Shannon Harris
Mark McMurtry
Jeff Caughron
Lonnie Hammer

Every Mother's Nightmare (EMN) is a hard rock/hair metal band formed in Nashville


Every Mother’s Nightmare formed in the early 1990s in Memphis and were signed by Clive Davis to Arista Records. After signing with Arista, their videos for songs such as “Walls Came Down”, “Love Can Make You Blind”, and “House of Pain” gained play on MTV’s Headbanger’s Ball.

While promoting the first two albums they opened for bands such as Cheap Trick and Dream Theater. They have also been featured in hundreds of hard rock magazines both nationally and internationally like Metal Edge as well as appearing on shows like the Joan Rivers’ talk show.

In mid-2015 they released an EP titled "Grind". Grind includes the first single "Loco Crazy" which features a guest appearance by Zach Myers of Shinedown on guitar with a companion video. The EP also features Wayne Swinny of Saliva on guitar in the opening track titled "Snake".

Every Mother's Nightmare signed with HighVolMusic in early 2017 for their first full-length release in 15 years. Grind will be released on October 6, 2017 and distributed through MRi/Sony Red. 'Grind' features a total of 11 tracks and 3 videos. The enhanced CD contains the 5 tracks from the self-released EP, plus 3 brand new studio tracks, 3 new live tracks recorded from the band's performance at Minglewood Hall in Memphis, TN on August 21, 2016 and the new video for 'Push' along with the videos 'Blown Away' and 'Loco Crazy'.


Studio albums[edit]

  • 1990 - Every Mother's Nightmare (Arista)
  • 1993 - Wake Up Screaming (Arista)
  • 2000 - Smokin Delta Voodoo (Perris)
  • 2001 - Back Traxx (Perris)
  • 2002 - Deeper Shade of Grey (Perris)
  • 2015 - Grind - EP (EMN Records)
  • 2017 - Grind - Full Length (HighVolMusic)

Live albums[edit]

  • 2002 - Live Songs from Somewhere (Perris)


  • 1990 - "Walls Come Down" (Arista)
  • 1990 - "Love Can Make You Blind" (Arista)
  • 1993 - "House of Pain" (Arista)

Current members[edit]

Original Members[edit]

  • Rick Ruhl - Lead singer
  • Steve Malone/James Crawford - Guitar
  • Ronnie Cantrell/Mark McMurtry - Bass
  • Jim Phipps/Troy Bryan - Drums

Billboard charts[edit]


  • 1990 Every Mother's Nightmare The Billboard 200 No. 146
  • 1993 Wake Up Screaming Heatseekers No. 37


  • 1990 Love Can Make You Blind Mainstream Rock Tracks No. 22

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Demalon, Tom. "Every Mother's Nightmare – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ Crigler, Pete (February 2015). "Hair Metal". Perfect Sound Forever. Archived from the original on June 27, 2015. Retrieved October 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ Bill Chavis CEO HighVolMusic www.highvolmusic.com