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Every Mother's Nightmare

EMN.jpgIt's been a very long time since I've listened to Every Mother's Nightmare. I don't write about them much here and I was surprised to hear them added to the Rocklahoma 2008 bill.

So, let's talk about this Tennessee band. Who knew good Metal could come from Bluegrass country?

The band formed in 1987, but I am going to call them a 90s act. For some reason, I always picture flannel when I think of Every Mother's Nightmare, but maybe that isn't the correct memory.

Rick Ruhl (vocals), Steve Malone (guitarist), Mark McMurty (bass) and Jim Phipps (drummer) are the original members of the band. EMN released their self-titled debut in 1990 and followed that with Wake Up Screaming in 1993. The band was on Arista - that is the label made famous by Whitney Houston! Today the band is on Perris Records.

These days, EMN is Rick Ruhl, Jim Phipps, Travis Hall, Jeff Caughron and Troy Fleming.

Every Mother's Nightmare doesn't have any tour dates listed on their official Myspace page, so I guess the best chance to see them really is at Rocklahoma. According to the press conference, the band is playing Saturday, July 12.

Here are a few EMN videos. The first is "Love Can Make You Blind."

Here's "Walls Come Down."

So, what do you think about Every Mother's Nightmare?


Check out Every Mother's Nightmare on Myspace


Reader Comments (12)

Allyson..I love this band!!..I was so happy to hear they i just hope some way skid row with sebastian bach would reunite..thanks for the great article..every mother's night mare rock =)
March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
I'm extremely excited that they are back together and will play at Rocklahoma. Always loved them, the albums are really, really good and I'm sure they are a terrific live band.

No other tour dates? I hope they don't just reunite for Rocklahoma, but keep playing. :)
March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterXandra73
I love Every Mothers Nightmare, I actually got into them from thier live album on Perris Records. Then i bought the other ones like BACK TRAXX which is a demo and outtakes album spanning 1988 to 1998 and thier other albums DARKER SHADE OF GREY etc.

Very good band, and their live album is fucking excellent, I missed them when they came to Baltimore in 2005 which really hurt my feelings but I am glad they are still around. Tom at Perris gets alot of flack but he is giving bands like this a home and that is important.
March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnotherNameChange?

Here are the albums in order.

1990 Every Mother's Nightmare (Arista)
1993 Wake up Screaming (Arista)
2000 Smokin Delta Voodoo (Perris)
2001 Back Traxx (Perris)
2002 Deeper Shade Of Grey (Perris)
2002 Live Songs from Somewhere (Perris)
March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAnotherNameChange?
I was 14 when that first album came out. 'Love Can Make You Blind' is *still* a staple on any mixed cd I make.

The Rocklahoma line-up looks cheeze-tacular! I wish I had the patience for large music festivals. I shall live vicariously thru the rest of you who are going :)
March 5, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermissy
I saw these guys on the first tour and they killed!
They were tight and looked like they were having fun up on the stage. I look forward to seeing the new lineup.
March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos
Love Can Make You Blind is a great song and I need to check out more of their material before ROK08 because I am now very interested in seeing them!
March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
They are a kick ass band! "Love Can Make You Go Blind" is a very good ballad...but you have to check out a song off of their second album..called "Already Gone"! Now that ROCKS!
March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
We are very proud to announce on May 10th...GlamSLAM Productions welcomes...EVERY MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE and ASPHALT VALENTINE to The LightHouse in Imperial, PA.

The band will be on a very limited run and THIS show will be the ONLY Pennsylvania appearance of the band.

Sweet Lou.
March 6, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou
Allyson. KILLER page on our band. I want to thank you for being a fan and creating another little buz for yourself and US. You seem to have a flare for writing, I think your doing a great job. Believe in your dreams and stick to it. look @ me im still playing drums in EMN. Best of luck Jimmy Phipps
April 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJimmy Phipps
Allyson, you're picturing flannel in all liklihood because you're subconsciously referencing their video "House of Pain," also available on Youtube. The band sounds amazing -- see 'em at Rocklahoma '08 via Youtube. Phipps does an impressive rendition on the skins with Saturday Night Special, and Ruhl's voice is as good as ever. This band deserves far more coverage, Allyson!

July 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChad Moore
Hi there, wellI've liked this band for quite some time, and I was wondering if you knew who was the band that wanted to screw it up for them(EMN)when Clive Davis came into town to watch them perform. I here this band didn't want to let them borrow lighting? Have you any idea, just curious.

February 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGene

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