The Kent label was based in California and owned by Jules Bihari, one of the Bihari brothers who also owned the Modern label out of Los Angeles. Kent focused mainly on blues and RnB/Soul and released a number of great records between 1958-73. Ruth Davis only had one release, this 1970 number which features a very Sam & Davesque guitar riff and has what I think instant commercial appeal. However for all its "Soul Man" resemblance I don´t think it ever charted, at least not nationally. Perhaps Kent did not put enogh money into promotion, BB King was the label´s main artist and much like James Brown at King records, these superstars tended to get much of the label´s resources, leaving little for other smaller artists to fight over. Whatever the reason, I still think its a great track that should have been more popular.
Ps Does anyone know if this is the same Ruth Davis as the one who recorded with Bo Kirkland in the 70s? Ds
"I Need Money"