Kim Ruehl is a writer and musician who has been actively involved in the folk music scene since 1996.
In addition to running the Folk Music site for About.com, Kim is the Community Manager for NoDepression.com. Her writing about folk and American roots music has appeared in Seattle's SoundNW, CityArts, and Seattle magazines, as well as Billboard, West Coast Performer, and online at Folk Alley and NPR. Along with touring for most of her twenties (mostly on the East Coast) as a folk musician, she spent several years moving from music scene to music scene, soaking up the musical styles native to various regions of the country. Kim has lived and played in cities from Orlando to Seattle, and just about everywhere in-between. She started writing about American folk and roots music in 2003, after several years as an independent singer-songriter. In 2010, she moved to Asheville, NC, to begin research on a book about Zilphia Horton - the musicologist credited with "We Shall Overcome," "This Little Light of Mine," and other anthems of collective empowerment.
By Kim Ruehl:
Folk music is such an important part of our history. It came out of the American Revolution and the slave fields. It came from the Civil War and Reconstruction. There are folk songs that people made to help themselves through labor struggles and the crash of the stock market. Every war and moment of peace has been sound-tracked by folk songs. In each moment of human history, average and amazing people find a way to sing out that is somehow nostalgic, optimistic, heart-breaking and empowering at the same time. I look forward to being your guide through the ever-evolving history of American folk music, from Charlie Poole and the Carter Family, to Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, to Ani DiFranco, Mumford & Sons, and beyond. Please let me know if there's something you'd like to know more about, or if you have any suggestions for the site.