Ruthie Collins: CMT Next Women of Country Live Exclusive

Singer-Songwriter Laments Summer Love in “Boys and Beaches”

Classic yet current, traditional yet contemporary, Ruthie Collins is seamlessly fusing the old and new and giving new meaning to the concept of “modern-vintage.”

Her songs are a perfect mix of yesterday and today, and talk about the real and relatable: Did you ever imagine a song that sounds like an old-fashioned hit, but has a dance beat? That’s Collins’ style, one that’s all her own.

She takes ownership of her unique sound on her self-titled debut EP with “Get Drunk and Cry” and a unique take on a Hank Williams’ classic, “Ramblin’ Man.” You’ll also experience it on her acoustic performance of “Boys and Beaches” for CMT Next Women of Country Live.

With soaring, ethereal vocals that could easily be an angel fronting a heavenly bluegrass choir, Collins has learned an important lesson about her musical journey — the value of being yourself and standing out in the crowd.

The beautiful farm girl from Fredonia, New York, has found her place in Nashville. She’s a singing, songwriting, guitar and banjo-playing, Airstream-owning, Dolly Parton-loving breath of fresh air.

Check back for more CMT Next Women Country Live exclusive performances from Lindsay Ell, Courtney Cole, Cassadee Pope and Tara Thompson.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.