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New Documentary Premiering On Bravewords

BraveWords’ new online experience, Streaming For Vengeance, continues with Here’s To The Ones – an Every Mother’s Nightmare documentary, and band Q&A, broadcasting live on Saturday, September 27th at 3:33 PM Eastern.

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Here’s To The Ones – A Documentary, is a tell all story in the making of the latest album, Resurrect The Faithful, by the American hard rock band Every Mother’s Nightmare. Written by Bill Chavis, directed by Nick Hein and Bill Chavis, Here’s To The Ones – A Documentary, is a project developed by HVM Entertainment in 2020 showing the behind the scenes look at the creation process of the band’s most pivotal album of their career.

Filmed on location at Supernova Sound Memphis in Tennessee, the film shows the band discussing their demo, writing and recording processes for the new material, as well as who and what EMN is as a band today. Quotes Bill Chavis, “Over the past five years, I’ve had the honor to establish a true friendship with Rick Ruhl and have a tremendous respect for him. I’ve learned where he’s been, how he got there, how he fought back to save himself, his band, and his career. I was awestruck by his simple approach towards life, his industry experiences and in a way that has now inspired me in making some of my own decisions. The man is a true talent, a rock star and smarter than he will ever let on. No one knew what to expect when we signed our record deal but as a team we have set goals and conquered them. I have had the privilege of watching EMN roar back to life and here we are right now at this point in time. Resurrect The Faithful is by far the best album from EMN.”

Plans for release include a Roku release, a stand-alone DVD version packed full of additional footage, and never scene before live performances just in time for the holiday season.

Every Mother’s Nightmare was formed in 1987 by lead singer Rick Ruhl and guitarist Steve Malone, Arista’s Clive Davis came to Memphis to see them perform. When the act with whom they were playing refused to let Every Mother’s Nightmare use their lighting or sound equipment, they instead auditioned for Davis in a warehouse studio and impressed him enough to be signed a week later. Although metal had begun to run its course by the time they issued their self-titled debut in 1990, Arista pushed the band hard and “Love Can Make You Blind” received enough attention to give Every Mother’s Nightmare a hit. It was sufficient enough to keep the label in the band’s corner, including enlisting hitmaker Kevin Elson to produce the follow-up.

However, by the time Wake Up Screaming was released in 1993, the band found that musical tastes had shifted so that it failed to meet label expectations. Although the third album was ahead of its time and very much in the vein of alternative southern hard rock, the label had no idea what to do with it. Dropped by Arista, the band underwent numerous lineup changes over the next several years. In 2000, Ruhl returned with a new incarnation of Every Mother’s Nightmare releasing Smokin’ Delta Voodoo and releasing additional albums over the next several years. In 2016, Ruhl reached a new record deal with the independent label HighVolMusic. HVM released the full-length version of Grind on CD and vinyl plus reissued remastered versions of the highly sought after Backtraxx and Smokin’ Delta Voodoo albums. By 2019, Ruhl had solidified the now longtime lineup of vocalist Rick Ruhl, bassist Troy Fleming, guitarists John Guttery and Travis ‘Gunner’ Butler, and drummer Allan Bone.


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Here’s To The Ones


EMN (EVERY MOTHER’S NIGHTMARE) is set to release a new album this fall via their label HighVolMusic. In addition to the new album, a documentary was also filmed during the making of the album. ‘Here’s To The Ones’ is a look at the behind the scene recording process with an in-depth discussion about the album as well as conversation about EMN the band today. 

Prior to the pandemic, EMN began recording their album at Supernova Sound Memphis with producer Dave Cowell and Matt Montgomery. During the recording sessions, the idea of filming a documentary was formulated by label president Bill Chavis.

Bill Chavis explains; “The pandemic proved to be challenging but it also proved to be rewarding in that it gave us the additional time needed to not only complete the album but also film the documentary. I flew down to Memphis, TN ahead of the pandemic in March for a scheduled meeting with the band but also to preview the new material.  I had been toying with the idea of an EMN documentary for some time. When I talked with Dave Cowell and Matt Montgomery about my idea, they were more than accommodating in allowing us to take over the studio. I hired a film crew and it all just came together like it was meant to happen.”

Coming this fall, ‘Here’s To The Ones’ is directed by Nick Hein (Station 8 Productions) and Bill Chavis. Album release details plus the new video-single are scheduled for September 18th.

Here's To The Ones An EMN Documentary


Bones Interview

In 2018 drummer Allan Bone (Tokyo Roze) joined the band Every Mother’s Nightmare. Bone came in to the band a during turbulent time but after only 4 rehearsals, EMN was off to Ohio to play their first show with Allan, the HighVolMusic Summer Bash. Needless to say but we will, that he locked the job almost immediately and the band has been better for it ever since. We recently caught up with Bone for a Q&A…

Every Mother's Nightmare


Give us a little history on how you got in to music and what inspired to you to play drums.Bone

Bone: I’ve always enjoyed music from a very young age. I remember being up late several times when I was a little kid seeing Buddy Rich on the Tonight Show and being blown away. I just always thought drums were cool as shit. I loved the way Ed Shaughnessy played the theme song too. That gave me a subconscious itch, and then I discovered KISS and Peter Criss. He had this massive Pearl kit and big drum riser and I was hooked.


Did you have a drum teacher or are you self-taught? If self-taught, how did you teach yourself?

Bone: I took a few lessons early on, but I really wasn’t into it. I just wanted to play rock n roll. Once I figured out how to play a 4/4 beat I was done with lessons. I wish I had studied more and learned more music theory, but I was in my rock n roll rebellious stage and didn’t wanna deal with more authority than I already had with parents and teachers at school. I started playing along with records and figuring it out on my own. I started out on Kiss, Scorpions, Priest, Maiden, AC/DC, Van Halen, and on and on.


What were the things that you practiced that brought you the best results?

Bone: I just practiced playing songs that I loved. The more I played, the better I got, and the more I loved it.


Let’s talk a bit about foot technique. What advice can you give readers about developing speed and accuracy?

Bone: My right foot isn’t as fast as it once was (need to do some wood shedding before we go back out touring). It’s all about repetition and muscle memory. Some of these younger guys play some crazy fast double bass stuff that I can’t play, but it’s not really my thing.  A good starting point to develop right foot speed is to sit down with “Good Times Bad Times”.


What type of grip to you use on the sticks?

Bone: I play matched grip, and I hold the sticks about as close to the butt end as


What type of warm up techniques do you do?

Bone: Honestly, I rarely do any warm ups before a I just make sure my body is warm and loose and I try to stay hydrated.


How often do you practice playing the drums?

Bone: As far as me just sitting down behind the kit alone, I don’t get to practice nearly as much as I’d like to. When I’m not writing, rehearsing, or touring with EMN I play in a local cover band. We do your typical bar gigs which consist of (3) 60 minute sets. Between 5-6 of those gigs per month and 2-3 EMN rehearsals each week, I get a lot of time behind the kit. I’ve always enjoyed trying new licks during a gig, mainly because it’s the only chance I have to develop my chops. I have a couple of drummer buds here that like to come see me play because they never know what I’m gonna do. I like to keep it fun and spontaneous. It’s kind like sex. Ya gotta change things up and keep ’em guessing or else it gets boring as f**k.


What type of player are you? Are you a flashy Tommy Lee type player or more of a John Bonham type player and why?

Bone: I used to do a lot of flashy stuff back in the twirling and throwing the sticks etc. Back when I was on the road in the 80’s on the cover circuit, I did a solo every night and lit my sticks on fire in the middle of it. It looked way cool but it was hell on drum heads. I’m really more about the feel and groove now, plus I do a good bit of singing, so I’ve got plenty going on back there.

Allan Bone of EMN

Who is your favorite drummer?

Bone: Favorite drummer?? .. That’s a tough one. Obviously Bonzo is at the top of the list, but there are so many. Tommy Aldridge was always a huge influence from his time with Black Oak and Travers, to Ozzy and Whitesnake. Ray Luzier is crazy good. Portnoy, Eric Singer, Peart (of course), Nicko, Benante. When I’m sitting around losing track of time on YouTube these days, I tend to spend a lot of time watching Brian Tichy. That guy is a beast! Phenomenal groove player and has the coolest, tastiest chops! If you’re not familiar definitely check him out!


What was your first kit and what is your ultimate drum kit?

Bone: My first kit was a blue marine pearl, Maxitone kit. It was a 4 piece kit and I added 3 roto toms. My ultimate kit is probably my current touring kit, Ludwig Vistalites. Bonzo setup, 1 up, 2 down. 24,14, 16, 18. I love em and they sound HUGE!!


Can you tell us what drum setup you are currently using in the studio and on the road?

Bone: I think I just answered this above. As far as recording, it depends on the track. I used my Vistas on about half of the upcoming album and the studio’s house DW kit on the rest. Several different snares, but mostly 2 of my Luddy supraphonics and a 8×14 black beauty.


Tell us about your cymbal setup and why this brand.

Bone: I own quite a few cymbals. Zildjian, Sabian,and Paiste, and I change them around occasionally except for my ride. I have an old 20″ Paiste color sound and I’m I love with the bell on that cymbal.


Tell us about you pedal setup and why you chose this brand.

Bone: I am currently playing a DW 5000 double pedal. I’ve tried many over the years and broken a lot of chains and foot boards along the way. I’ve had this pedal for about 7-8 years and it has been through the ringer. Road tested and thousands of hours and it’s still going strong.


You landed the Every Mother’s Nightmare gig, tell us how you landed the gig and what your experiences have been.

Bone: I’m coming up on 2 years with EMN and it’s been a great gig for me. It was a great fit from the first audition. It’s funny because Troy and Rick always say “how the hell have we all lived in the same city all these years and not known each other?!” I was hanging out at a local watering hole 2 years ago with some of my musician buds when Rick came walking up. I knew who he was since I’d seen them play from time to time over the years. He knew the guys I was hanging with and they started shooting the shit. My buddy Tracy asked Rick how things were going with EMN and he said “we’re looking for a new drummer”. Tracy, without hesitation, points at me and says “that’s your guy right there.” Rick and I talked for a quick minute and that was it. I didn’t think much of it at the time. There was alcohol involved and since I was an unknown I figured they’d go a different route. As luck would have it I went to high school with their tour mgr and Rick’s long time friend. A couple of weeks went by and I got a message asking if I was interested in the gig. I said “hell yeah!” The next question was “how easy is it for you to travel?” I replied ” my kids are grown, I’m self employed, and I’ve got a valid passport. They gave me a set list and I went in 3 days later and we blistered through about 8 songs. 2 more rehearsals and we hit the road for a few shows. They officially offered me the gig after the first show and here we are.


EMN has been around for a while now. How does the band differ from the beginning to what the band is now?

Bone: The band has been around for a long time and obviously had some personnel and changes.The thing we keep hearing, especially when people hear the new songs, is that this is by far the best version of this band. All I can say is I love all my bandmates and it feels really good when we play. Writing the album was an adventure and for the most part it went surprisingly smooth. We had a few nights where we left and weren’t really speaking to each other, but that’s just part of the process. There were 2 songs in particular that we really butted heads on, but the finished product is great and I couldn’t be happier with the album.


What have been the biggest challenges in working in a band like EMN?EMN LIve at CLub XL

Bone: Honestly, this is one of the easiest of any band I’ve worked with. As I said previously, it’s a great fit. We all get along and work well together. I think the biggest challenge has been trying to decide which of the 11 new songs would be the first single.


Are you working on a new album? If so, tell us about it.

Bone: As I’m answering this question we have recently completed recording a new album and it went to mastering a few days ago. It’s due for release in the fall. We wrote 10 new songs and recorded one that’s a surprise. This album is the heaviest thing EMN has ever done. I’m super proud of what we accomplished and can’t wait to get it out there for everyone to hear. We didn’t set out to write a heavy album or try to write hit songs or anything like that. We just did us. Our influences can definitely be heard in certain places on this one.


Tell us about what you have coming up in the next few months.

Bone: We have a few shows coming up in the next few months, depending on the stage of the world. We are preparing to shoot the first 2 videos for the first 2 singles. Things are busy with photo shoots,press, etc. I think 2021 is going to be a good year for EMN. It’s bound to be better than 2020!!!


What advice can you offer aspiring musicians?

Bone: My advice to aspiring musicians is to play as much as possible. Work with as many different players as you can. The more you play the better your chops will be, and the more people you play with, the more you’ll learn about what to do and what not to do. Be prepared and professional and always be humble. We’re all in this together and there’s no room for ego trips. Do what you love and enjoy it while you can. Play every gig like it’s your last.


Rick Checks In from The Studio

Rick Ruhl

Rick Ruhl
Every Mother’s Nightmare
Photo by: Erik Hernandez

Rick Ruhl, singer, songwriter, lyricist, word-man, front-man, and founder of the Memphis, TN band Every Mother’s Nightmare is readying a new album. The band has been in the studio since January working on their next release for HighVolMusic. Rick recently checked in giving an update on where things are at with EMN.

Rick Ruhl update on the new record: “10 songs are recorded, mixed and done. We’re going back in the studio (Supernova Sound Memphis) and recording 1 more song for a total of 11. The band has performed incredibly, everyone has stepped up and kicked it in the ass. Johnny and Gunner have taken their guitar playing to a whole new level, Troy (The Viking) is as solid as ever and has really delivered some killer bass lines on this one. And Bone…man he has really brought things to a different level in the band. His timing is spot on impeccable and his playing is first class. He’s doing things on this record that are amazing bar none. Bone and Troy have really locked in as a rhythm section. This record is really different.”

On recording the new album: “I’m really happy with this new album. Every record that I have ever recorded I was never 100% satisfied with. There was always things I found wrong with each one that I wished I could have gone back and fixed before they were released. It was always a sense of rush to get things done so it just was what it was. But on this new record I am over-the-top satisfied, it’s good, real good. The songs are strong and a left turn from anything we have ever done previously. All the ingredients are there, it’s just unbelievable the chemistry this band has and what everyone has brought to the table and what we have been able to achieve. It is like lightening in a bottle.” says Ruhl

Rick goes on to say: “When Bill Chavis said he booked us in the studio for 3 months, I was like that’s a long time and crazy. But in the end he was right. He gave us the time to do it right and make a great record. Our producer Dave Cowell along with Matt Montgomery are absolutely fantastic. From day one the studio vibe has been comfortable. Once we really dug in and got going, Dave brought so much out of us. He hears all kinds of things and does what producers should do. He also gave me the time and flexibility to do what I do so it was a real comfortable situation not just for me but for all of us.”

Rick talking about their last record Grind: “Grind was a good record. We got some good mileage out of it, rode it as long as we could, it’s time for something new. If there was any doubt about Grind and who did what, this new one is damn sure gonna clear it up for ya.”

On the title, track listing and artwork: “Well, the title has changed. I’m not going to tell it just yet but team Chavis flew in to Memphis back in March brought in a photographer and we shot all new photos of the band and did some on location stuff for the album. That photo-shoot kinda changed everyone’s mind on what we should call the album so yea there is a new title. As far as the tracks are concerned like I said there are 11 total. 1 will be a bit of a surprise I think but all of that will be released in due time. The packaging is going to be over-the-top most likely. Once Bill heard the mixes he came out of the studio eyes all big and glassy like. I knew he was already scheming a plan! That guy is always working and plotting a plan. He says the package has to match the music. He’s already sent some ideas to us. We’ve been able to have input from everyone in the band and tying it all together. We really have a great team working with us now.”

Rick talks about the release date: “It was supposed to be in June but with all this Covid-19 stuff happening things have been pushed back. Not sure when just yet, timing will be key and the album still has to be mastered. We are going with Mike Kalajian at Rogue Planet Mastering. It’s all been setup we just have to finish the last song and then its off to Mike.

Rick talks about future EMN plans: “I don’t know, this virus thing has shutdown the world. Hopefully things settle down a bit and life can resume to some normalcy. It’s just the nature of this beast right now. Chavis is working on a documentary for us. He setup a film crew to come in and film us in the studio while he was here in March. We did some Q&A about the album, the making of…and that sort of thing. So I know that is in the works right now. Like I said Bill always has something going for us. We have also been talking about releasing a single. There is a song that ties in a bit with this pandemic thing but not sure just yet when or if even that is the song. Our radio folks will build us a game plan. We are also planning a bit of a concept video or at least a bit of a story line, maybe 2 for the new record. Plus a new website is being built. So we still have a lot of things to do and get finished for when the record comes. It looks like we are still going to Europe later this year that is if things open back up. There’s probably some other stuff I’m forgetting but this is the gist of what’s happening right now. I’m anxious for everyone to hear the new record. It is nothing like we have ever done before. We are all excited for what people are about to witness. We are dedicating this to the faithful.”

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