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Ruyter Suys (in full, Ruyter Lara Johanna Pakon Suys) was born on November 5, 1968, in Vancouver, Canada. She is the lead guitar player of the band Nashville Pussy, and Blaine Cartwright's wife.
Suys spent her youth in Vancouver, in a musical family, particularly fans of rock'n'roll in the vein of Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, and Frank Zappa. Beginning with piano at age three, she picked up the guitar at about 8–9 years, referring to the repertoire of Simon & Garfunkel in particular. At the end of primary school, she got her first guitar from her parents. In her teens she appreciated bands like Motörhead, Slayer, Metallica, Plasmatics, KISS, Aerosmith and Ted Nugent. But Suys' main female influences are embodied by Nancy Wilson of Heart and Wendy O. Williams.
After High school she moved to Saskatoon where she attended the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, graduating at the top of three classes and a Magna Cum Laude honor. While in Saskatchewan she created artistic bronze castings and also spent some time on a farm driving tractor. After getting married to Blaine Cartwright and moving to the U.S. he convinced her to start a band with him.
She has been the Lead Guitar Player of the band Nashville Pussy since 1996, with her husband, band singer, Blaine Cartwright. Suys is known for her guitar solos and live performances. She was also named in the Elle list of "12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists" in 2009.
"When I play I barely even see what’s going on around me. It’s like I’m hypnotizing myself or something like that with the volume, and I’m just breathing in really deep and I just fill myself up with the sonic bombast. I have my eyes shut half the night and I basically see obstacles if I’m lucky, like 'don’t hit your head on this' and like 'don’t step in this hole in the stage' or whatever. I know where things are, but usually I just 'go away and disappear into my own little world'. It’s up there with really good sex, you know." –from Ruyter's Facebook Fan page (see link below).
Also known for the sympathy towards fans, Ruyter answers to comments fans make and gives attention to almost all fans after gigs.
Suys has also played with Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles. Being a guest artist for their 2013 record and tour.
Official Blog http://ruytersuys.blogspot.com/
Facebook Fan Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ruyter-Suys/168322546543222
Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=14431010044
Official Band Page www.nashvillepussy.com
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