Austin, Texas transplant, Peggy Ratusz has been pulling from the cream of the Asheville music crop since moving here in 2002. This “ruby throated” chanteuse has been a finalist in the International Blues Challenge in 2008, 2010 and 2016. A winner in three categories in the 2016 WNC’s “Best of” reader’s poll (Best Vocalist, Best in Blues and Artist Who Gives Back) and her Best in Blues wins are consecutive for 6 years. She’s opened for Tedeschi-Trucks Band, Geoff Atchison, Denise LaSalle and the Beach Boys. As evidenced by her electric stage presence at festivals, concerts, clubs and showcases, she’s a willing servant to the music.
You’ll find this matriarch behind the scenes a well. She books, hosts and runs sound for a “female artist spotlight night” at a local venue, writes a monthly “Women Making Music” column in WNC Woman magazine and is a vocal coach to students who range from novice to professional. Playin’ it forward is her motto as evidenced by her many collaborative and philanthropic productions over the past 15 years, that benefit local musicians and local charities