Ruth (band)

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Background information
Origin Battle Ground, Washington, United States
Genres Indie rock
Years active 2005–present
Labels Tooth & Nail
  • Dustin Ruth
  • Nicholas Wiinikka
  • Jesse Counts
  • Ryan Peterson
Past members
  • Daniel John Passera
  • Matt Roberts
  • Brett Van Liew
  • Justin Schiermeister
  • Reid VanAtta

Ruth is a four-piece Christian indie band from Battle Ground, Washington. Ruth's debut album, Secondhand Dreaming, was released June 26, 2007.



Dustin Ruth moved to Los Angeles in pursuit of finding band members to join him to form a band. After searching for some time, he finally found a group of people in his hometown of Portland, Oregon that also wanted to form a band. The band's name "Ruth" is a reference to the lead singer's last name, and is also an acronym for "Return Us to Him".[1]

In early 2006, they released a self-titled EP and promoted their music by playing concerts along the West Coast of the United States. They were signed on by Tooth & Nail Records in fall 2006, and began recording their full-length debut album.

Secondhand Dreaming[edit]

In November 2006, they finished recording their debut album, Secondhand Dreaming, with producer Aaron Sprinkle. It was subsequently released on June 26, 2007, and Ruth supported the album while on tour with label mates Emery and Surrogate. In late 2007, Ruth embarked on the "Appetite for Construction Tour" with Switchfoot and Relient K, a tour which supported the charity Habitat For Humanity.


Following the release of Secondhand Dreaming, the band began recording their second album Anorak in early 2008. They worked with Chris Keene of Surrogate as the album's producer, as well as Aaron Sprinkle again. The recording was completed in May 2008, and the album was released on October 28, 2008 in the United States.[2]

The Covers EP[edit]

In April 2009, Ruth toured with Falling Up on their Fangs! tour.

On August 25, 2009, Ruth digitally released a five-song EP covering artists such as Coldplay, Tracy Chapman, Buddy Holly, Mr. Big, and the Everly Brothers. The first song to be released was the cover of Coldplay's "Fix You".

As of January 13, 2010, Ruth was no longer signed to Tooth & Nail. The band is still active, but is currently independent.


In November 2011, they released a video of a new song, "Life is Just a Dream".[3]

This song was included in Ruth's album Payola, released on March 6, 2012 in partnership with MTV.


Current members[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • Matt Roberts – drums
  • Daniel Passera – drums
  • Justin Schiermeister – bass
  • Brett Van Liew - bass
  • Reid VanAtta – drums
  • Cody Ray Thompson – drums




TV placements[edit]

Happy Endings (ABC)

  • You've Changed

Fox Family Countdown (FOX)

  • Back To The Five

Teen Mom 2 (MTV)

  • My One and Only

Punk'd (MTV)

  • You've Changed

10 on Top (MTV)

  • Life Is Just A Dream
  • Alone

Friendzone (MTV)

  • My One And Only
  • Summer Fire
  • Darling Why?
  • Alone
  • You've Changed

Made (MTV)

  • My One and Only

The Real World: St. Thomas (MTV)

  • My One and Only
  • Life Is Just A Dream

Underemployed (MTV)

  • Love & Craigslist

I'm Married To A... (VH1)

  • Life Is Just A Dream

My Big Redneck Vacation (CMT)

  • Love & Craigslist

Sell This House Extreme (A&E)

  • Darling Why?


  • Summer Fire


  1. ^ "Ruth". Christian Music Today. Archived from the original on 2008-04-09. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Ruth - Anorak". Billboard. Archived from the original on October 22, 2014. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Ruth - "Life is Just a Dream."". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  4. ^ R&R magazine chart for November 17, 2007, Retrieved November 22, 2007

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