1987 – present (31 years)
Every Mother's Nightmare was able to successfully blend metal, southern rock and elements of country into their brand of hard rock. The group had some minor success, but like so many bands of the early 90's, they disappeared when the influx of grunge shook up the music industry.
Every Mother's Nightmare was formed in Nashville, Tennessee by vocalist Rick Ruhl and guitarist Steve Malone. The band wouldn't solidify its line-up until Mark McMurtry (bass) and Jim Phipps (drums) decided to join the group full-time. The band wrote several songs before signing with Arista and unleashing the debut album. Every Mother's Nightmare had minor success with the debut album and singles such as "Love Can Make You Blind" and "Walls Come Down". The single "Love Can Make You Blind" reached #22 on the Billboard singles chart, and that was enough to keep their record deal with Arista.
However, sales for the follow-up were disappointing when compared to the debut, and the band was dropped from their label. McMurtry and Malone departed shortly after, the remaining members continued to do local shows until Phipps packed it in as well.
McMurty resurfaced in 1998 with his new band The Forty-Fives while Ruhl continued to do the odd show under the Every Mother's Nightmare name, before deciding to resurrect the name with Jeff Caughron (guitar), Travis Hall (guitar), Troy Flemming (bass) and Kris Beavers (drums) and release Smokin' Delta Voodoo. The band continues to record and tour with Phipps once again behind the drum kit.
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