"I AM MASSIVELY IMPRESSED" -3RD COAST MUSIC
"SHE SINGS LIKE AN ANGEL WITH ONE BROKEN WING, TUGGING YOUR HEART STRINGS LIKE NO OTHER I'VE HEARD" -MODESTO VIEW
"THIS ARTIST (AND COMPANY) CAN EXPECT A VERY BRIGHT FUTURE AHEAD" -WYCE MUSIC JOURNAL
"EARLY COWBOY JUNKIES COLLIDING WITH MARY GAUTHIER" -BLABBER N SMOKE
Public school music teachers & touring musicians Melissa Ruth and Johnny Leal began collaborating in 2006 and have since released 2 albums and toured extensively with their band, Melissa Ruth & The Likely Stories.
Their most recent incarnation as the Midnight Darlins finds the duo exploring sparse musical arrangements alongside raw and intimate lyrics. These songs often reflect the rural Oregon landscape that they call home.
While Ruth's songwriting has drawn comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Mary Gauthier, Leal relies heavily on his blues sensibilities. Together they create their signature Doo-Wop Twang sound which has been enthusiastically received throughout the Western US and Canada.