Muddy Ruckus is a duo of darkly inventive Americana rock. Guitarist Ryan Flaherty and percussionist Erika Stahl, of Portland, Maine, play a grungy style of railroad indie punk blues and brimstone folk. The band blends rootsy guitar and edgy percussion on a suitcase drum kit and is known for a full rock band sound, despite their duo status. They season their music with 'in-your-face' lyrics salted by the eastern old ports and mud of the Mississippi River where Flaherty grew up.Muddy Ruckus was awarded “Best in State of Maine 2015” by the New England Music Awards. Their second album, Pretty Bones, was awarded 2106 “Album of the Year" by Red Line Roots. The band was also awarded 2017 "Rock N' Roller's of the Year" by RLR.