Few singers have had such interesting career and life trajectories as Ruth Copeland. For years, I’ve wanted to write about her and was both thrilled and disappointed when Mojo got there first in 2015 (prior to this, Ruth had vanished from public life). My new feature for Shindig covers a lot of stuff that wasn’t broached in the 2015 piece. In fact, I’d initially thought of a feature focussing exclusively on her overlooked 1976 RCA album, Take Me To Baltimore. As things progressed, the scope was gradually widened and it became a feature about her life both before, during and after showbiz. What a fascinating and talented woman. This year, her first two albums have come back to vinyl via Demon Records. Here’s the first page of the feature and here’s where to order Shindig 98 to read the whole thing.