Rock ’n’ Ruyter 


Classic groupie/lead guitarist the real deal

Who: Nashville Pussy with Stink Mitt and Peter Pan Speed Rock

Where: Garfinkel’s

When: Monday, Nov. 10

Tickets : $15

Ruyter Suys has gotten to the point in her career where to shock her audiences she’d have to appear onstage in a flowing skirt and play Carpenters cover tunes. Either that or something equally square. It’s ironic it would take the least shocking thing she could conjure up to surprise those who know and love her as the cleavage-baring, big hair tossing, red-hot guitar goddess from southern fried rock foursome Nashville Pussy.

Of course, were that to happen it would likely mean the four horsemen of the Apocalypse were right around the corner. Ruyter is a rocker, through and through. She talks like a rocker, she plays like a rocker. She even married a rocker, fellow Pussy singer/guitarist Blaine Cartwright, whom she met when he toured his band Nine Pound Hammer through the Vancouver native’s college town of Saskatoon.

Suys had just graduated from art school and was looking for more than Saskatchewan had to offer.

"I was the classic groupie and he was my ticket to ride," she says in the husky tone you’d expect from a hard-rock babe. "I was like, ‘I’m outta here, man.’"

Well, not quite the classic groupie. How many groupies end up playing guitar? And not just strumming the odd chord or two, but lead guitar for a loud, crude, sexy, high-voltage, ace of spades rock band. The one, the only, Nashville Pussy.

Her instrumental prowess and larger than life stage persona has made her the figurehead for the hardworking band she formed with Cartwright. The name Nashville Pussy should be the first indication they weren’t courting a safe mainstream pop audience. For those who missed it the first time, they hammered the point home by naming their first album Let Them Eat Pussy and have continued the trend with follow ups High as Hell and Say Something Nasty .

Unwilling to clean up their act or bow to industry suggestions in the last few years to make them more marketable as a n ü metal outfit, mainstream super-success has eluded the band.

"People with really bad, stupid ideas, we’re not very co-operative with them," says the straight-talking Cartwright. "We’ve got enough of a fan base, a cult following around the world, so I’d never want to jeopardize that by doing something stupid."

Now on third bassist, KatieLynn Campbell, Pussy has toured North America and Europe extensively over its seven year run. You can count on checking them out in every major urban centre, but also smaller towns along the way.


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