About Kim Ruehl

Kim Ruehl is a writer and podcaster focused on the intersection of music and community.

She has written for Billboard, NPR Music, Seattle Weekly, and various others. She was editor of No Depression — the roots music journal — for nine years. She was instrumental in bringing the magazine back to print as a high-end, ad-free quarterly journal, and ended her run there in 2017 as editor-in-chief.

Her book, A Singing Army: Zilphia Horton and the Highlander Folk School, was chosen as one of NPR’s “2021 Books We Love.” It is out now, from the University of Texas Press. Her podcast, Why We Write with Kim Ruehl, has been running twice monthly since 2021 and is brought to you by Folk Alley, wherever you get your pods.

Kim lives with her family near Portland, Maine.

Kim’s writing has appeared in:

  • Billboard magazine
  • The Bluegrass Situation (BGS)
  • CityArts magazine
  • Columbia Journalism Review
  • CNN
  • Folk Alley
  • folkmusic.about.com
  • Mountain XPress
  • No Depression
  • NPR Music
  • Seattle magazine
  • Seattle Weekly
  • Shuffle magazine
  • Sound magazine
  • West Coast Performer magazine
  • Yes magazine

She has contributed to these books: 

  • The World of Bob Dylan, edited by Sean Latham (Cambridge University Press)
  • Woman Walk the Line: How the Women in Country Music Changed Our Lives, edited by Holly Gleason (University of Texas Press)
  • Dylan: Disc by Disc, edited by Jon Bream (Voyageur Press)

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