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Ruyter has been the Lead Guitar Player of the band Nashville Pussy since 1996, with her husband the singer Blaine Cartwright, and is known for her guitar solos and live performances.
She was named in the Elle list of “12 Greatest Female Electric Guitarists” in 2009.
She spent her youth in Vancouver, in a family that appreciated a wide variety of music including rock’n’roll (Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, …). Beginning with piano at age three, she started the guitar at about 8–9 years, referring to the repertoire of Simon & Garfunkel in particular, her parents offered her the first guitar at the end of her primary schooling. In her teens she appreciated bands like the Ramones, Motörhead, Slayer, Metallica, Plasmatics, KISS, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent …. But the main female influences are embodied by Nancy Wilson of Heart and Wendy O. Williams. After High school she moved to Regina where she attended the University of Saskatchewan and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
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