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Nashville Pussy interview: Ruyter Suys talks 'Up the Dosage' and Dick Delicious

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After taking the longest break between records of their 17 year career, Nashville Pussy will release its sixth studio album, “Up the Dosage” this month. This week, guitarist Ruyter Suys checked in with The Examiner to discuss the new record and why it is the band’s most cohesive and diverse record to date.

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The former tractor driving Canadian axe-slinger made our 2012 Top Female Shredders list with her furious fretwork and hard rockin’ attitude. Whether channeling Billy Gibbons or Tony Iommi, Suys takes no prisoners with a guitar in her hands. Ruyter takes most of her influence from blues based guitarists, including her own father. When asked what female guitarists stand out for her, she acknowledges her admiration for Heart’s Nancy Wilson.

When not shredding her Gibson SG or shedding her clothes on stage for Nashville Pussy, Suys also serves time with Dick Delicious and the Tasty Testicles, who released their own album last year. She noted that the other members of the band have been busy with side projects the last few years in addition to their Nashville Pussy touring duties, which contributed to the extended break between albums, but she feels it better prepared the band for writing and recording “Up the Dosage“.

Vocalist Blaine Cartwright, who is married to Suys, hails “Up the Dosage” as their “Back in Black” album. Shinedown producer Rick Beato brought his mixing skills to bear on the new album, and new bassist Bonnie Buitrago added vocal depth as well.

During our interview Ruyter tells us about the worst tour the band has ever been on, following Lemmy Kilmister’s advice, and she reveals which television show she is addicted to. Catch the full interview in the video box (above left) and pick up you copy of “Up the Dosage” on Steamhammer/SPV, out January 21.

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