Andy Ruff to Wildfire

Andy Ruff joins Wildfire on resonator guitar - photo by Mike Morbeck ( has announced that they have brought Andy Ruff into the group playing resonator guitar and singing both lead and harmony vocals. Andy has spent the past few years as a member of Karl Shifflet & The Big Country Show, and Honi Deaton & Dream. He had played with The Sunny Siders, his family’s gospel group, through his teen years and is well remembered throughout Kentucky and Indiana from his many festival appearances.

The band is delighted to welcome this exciting young talent, a seasoned pro at only 23 years old.

“Wildfire is excited to have Andy on board. He brings a fresh and young energy to the unique style the band has created in their six years together.”

The remainder of the band is still intact from its inception, with Darrell Webb on mandolin, Barry Crabtree on banjo, Robert Hale on guitar, and Curt Chapman on bass. They hope to get into the studio soon with this configuration and get to work on a new project.

You can check their schedule online on the Wildfire web site, or their MySpace page.

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