Saturday’s inaugural Live on Vine concert in Lancaster featured perfect weather, a large crowd of several thousand people and numerous country hits from performers like Sara Evans and Jana Kramer.
On the Country Home Furniture Stage, a performer immediately caught my attention – a young singer/songwriter from Nashville playing a banjo, a mini acoustic guitar and a voice that harkened to a different era named Ruthie Collins.
Originally from Western New York State, Collins attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where she honed her voice and instrumentation before heading south to Nashville to pursue a career in country and Americana music, following in the footsteps of heroes like Emmylou Harris and Patty Griffin.
Collins released her self-titled debut EP in December and has received praise from CMT and Rolling Stone. Her debut single, “Ramblin’ Man,” is a reworking of the Hank Williams hit from 1953. For a self-professed devotee of everything vintage, “Ramblin’ Man” an appropriate song for Collins to re imagine.