Ruf Records GmbH
|Country of origin||Germany|
|Location||Lindewerra, Eichsfeld, Thuringia|
|Official Website||Ruf Records.de|
Ruf Records is an independent record label which was founded in 1994 by Luther Allisons manager, Thomas Ruf, to promote Allison's career. The motto of the blues label is "Where Blues Crosses Over". The company's office is located in Lindewerra, Germany. As of 2008 Ruf has produced 120 releases, sold over 1 million albums, received two Grammy nominations and ten Blues Music Award nominations.
Past and present artists include Luther Allison, his son Bernard Allison, Louisiana Red, Eric Bibb, Canned Heat, Kevin Coyne, Sue Foley, Friend 'n Fellow, Larry Garner, Michael Hill's Blues Mob, Candye Kane, Imperial Crowns, Omar & The Howlers, Aynsley Lister, Ian Parker, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Dani Wilde, Oli Brown, Ana Popovic, Spooky Tooth and Walter Trout.
In 2007, Ruf Records received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation of Memphis, Tennessee.
Since 2005 each year a group of musicians tours in the course of the Blues Caravan project. In 2011 these were Cassie Taylor, Dani Wilde and Samantha Fish as Girls With Guitars supported by drummer Denis Palatin. For the re-edition in 2012 Cassie Taylor was replaced by Victoria Smith.
- List of record labels
- Marcus, Richard (December 8, 2006). Blues Bash Interview: Thomas Ruf of Ruf Records. Retrieved on December 31, 2009.
- 2.0 2.1 2007 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards. The Blues Foundation (2009). Retrieved on December 31, 2009.
- http://www.bluescaravan.de/ Blues Caravan
- Official site