Posted: Aug 24, 2007 8:23 pm
Every Mother's Nightmare may never end, after all
By Michael Donahue
Friday, August 24, 2007
Every Mother's Nightmare is back. That will be a dream come true for fans who've missed the band for the past 21/2 years.
Lead singer Rick Ruhl, bassist Troy Fleming, guitarist Travis Hall, lead guitarist Jeff Caughron and drummer Kris Beavers will reunite for one show tonight at The Stage Stop in Raleigh.
In its heyday, Every Mother's Nightmare, which was signed to Arista records, performed for 55,000 people and appeared with Cheap Trick and Warrant. Their songs included "House of Pain," "Walls Come Down" and "Long Haired Country Boy." They had a No. 3 hit on a Billboard chart with "Love Can Make You Blind."
Until they rehearsed this week, some of the band members rarely had seen each other since the group drifted apart.
"I'm really looking forward to getting back on stage with these guys," Fleming said. "Just rehearsing last night brought back so many memories and a bunch of different old stories rehashed again and again. We just laughed."
"After we knocked the rust off -- it was probably the fourth song -- we were just falling into stuff," Ruhl said.
Ruhl, an original member of the band that formed in the late 1980s, recalled when Clive Davis, Arista Records founder, visited Memphis to hear them. "We threw together a show in a day and played in a warehouse for him. He took my shirt and boots to his office and said, 'I'm gonna keep this. It's gonna be worth something some day.' We were just ragtag. I had on cowboy boots. I had been wearing them so long the heel was gone off one of them, and I had a guitar string holding the bottom on the other.
"I signed a 12-album deal and bailed out on the third album."
Davis asked Ruhl to record a couple of songs, which were more '80s rock ballad style than Every Mother's Nightmare. "I didn't want to do it, but I did it. I compromised the band and compromised what we were about, and it didn't pay off."
After the third album, "We quit calling them, they quit calling us. Every time I play somewhere somebody will say something about playing one of those songs. I still haven't played them to this day. I recorded them, and I haven't played them."
Ruhl then put together the current lineup and the band signed with a smaller label, Perris Records. "This band is above and beyond better than the original band. It's just straightforward rock and roll."
After a bad experience with their manager, the band members took a break and began pursuing other interests.
Caughron joined Jasmine Cain, a band based in Michigan. He shared Every Mother's Nightmare stories with Cain, the group's lead singer. "He would always talk about, 'When we used to do this. We used to do that,'" she said. "I knew he really missed the band. I knew he really missed the guys."
Jasmine Cain played a show a few months ago at The Stage Stop. "I said, 'Call your friends from the band and see if they want to come out and see the show.'"
Three of the band members showed up, got on stage and jammed. "They'd been wanting to do a show and they've been getting a lot of e-mails from their fans wondering when they're gonna do another show," Cain said. "I said, 'Why don't we do one?' It's my fault."
So, is Every Mother's Nightmare back for good? "We're gonna see what happens with this show," Ruhl said.
"I never honestly thought there'd be an end to it," Beavers said.
To hear music by this week's performer and view more pictures, go to commercialappeal.com and click on music. Listen Up spotlights area performers. Michael Donahue can be reached at 529-2797.
Every Mother's Nightmare with Corey Osborn and Jasmine Cain
9:30 tonight at The Stage Stop, 2951 Cela Road. Cover: $10.