Melissa Ruth plays in Kaslo on July 26 and in Winlaw on July 27.

Melissa Ruth stops in Kaslo and Winlaw later this month

Melissa Ruth makes her annual pilgrimage up the West Coast to her native British Columbia

Melissa Ruth makes her annual pilgrimage up the West Coast to her native British Columbia to share her brand of eclectic roots music with friends old and new.

Ruth describes her music as “Doo-Wop Twang: the space of blues, the teeth of country, the grit of rock ‘n’ roll.”

Currently in the throes of recording her third full-length studio album, slated for release early 2014, Ruth will be performing much of her new music on this tour.

A full-time public school music teacher by day, Ruth takes advantage of the summer months to perform and tour:  “My job is such that the rigors of teaching leave little time for anything else and while I certainly enjoy the day-to-day, my love for performing is only kindled by its absence during the school year.”

Her 2011 studio album, Ain’t No Whiskey, received radio airplay across Canada, the US and Europe and was named “Album of the Year” in 2012 by both Third Coast Music and American Roots UK.

See her live on Friday, July 26 at the Bluebelle Bistro in Kaslo at 8 p.m. or at the Cedar Creek Cafe in Winlaw the following night (July 27) at 7 p.m.