Ruthann Schulman Baler is a singer-songwriter whose songs have been described as a blend of pop and folk, with blues and country undertones. She released her first album “Life on Mars” in 2009, and released “Rivers & Trains” in 2018.
Rivers & Trains is a 10-track album that features rivers, trains, and roads as the symbolic channels through life’s changes.
Band members are: Sam Baler (lead guitar & keyboard), Joe Fredette (rhythm and lead guitar), Mike Carlucci (drums), Chris Joyce (keyboard), Dave Roberts (bass), and Rich Delvecchio (banjo). Also, Lori Diamond (harmony) & Fred Abatelli (bass and acoustic guitar) on Heaven, Perry Desmond-Davies (harmony) on Rivers and Trains, Les Sampou (harmony) on Dance With Grace and Riverbend Road, Kim Jennings (harmony) on In the Garden and Walk Down, Judy Giovangelo and Michelle Puntillo (harmonies) on Walk Down, and Gina Praino (harmony) on Two Directions and New Way Home. Lyrics by Bill Thibodeau on Rivers and Trains and Two Directions.
New England Cable News, Acoustic Coffee House series
Wake Up and Smell the Poetry, Hopkinton Community Access Television
Brooklyn Tea and Coffee House, Providence, RI
WATD FM, Twilight Showcase feature
Local Music Rocks - Westford, MA
Amazing Things Arts Center, feature, Framingham, MA
Amazing Things: Opener for Bill Staines,
Amazing Things: Opener for Diana Jones
The Center for the Arts in Natick, feature, Natick, MA
Club Passim, opener for Les Sampou, Cambridge MA
Harvest Cafe, Hudson, MA
Main Streets Cafe, Concord, MA
Providence Folk Festival
Emerson Umbrella Arts Center, Concord, MA
St. John's Coffeehouse-Arlington, MA
Cafe Vivaldi, NYC
Catbird Cafe, Weymouth MA
Dedham Square Coffee House, Dedham, MA
AS220-RISA songwriters in the round
Strike a Chord
In addition to performing throughout the Boston area, Ruthann founded Strike a Chord Concerts for Charity in 2007, which brings together musicians for benefit concerts that support area non-profit organizations. Funds have been raised for the Home for Little Wanderers, Art Because Breast Cancer Foundation, School on Wheels, Rosie's Place, Ben Speaks Louder Than Words, and the Gulf 2 Fund in Holliston, which sent weekly care packages to local troops serving overseas.