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Ruthie Collins- Rolling Stone's 22 Best Things We Saw at FarmBorough 2015

Best Traditionalist: Ruthie Collins

Most FarmBorough acts were muscled, aimed at high energy and big crowds. Ruthie Collins played a different sort of music at her Sunday evening set. She declared several times that she loved old-fashioned things, but she didn't need to say it out loud — it was clear from the way she relied on fiddle, stand-up bass and the occasional banjo to fill out her tunes. Collins' voice has the fluttery nuances more common in Seventies Laurel Canyon than in modern country. She can soar when she wants, though; at one point, she performed an impressive cover of Ariana Grande's "One Last Time," remaking the pop ballad into a folk tragedy.

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