The Live Room@Caroline Social Club, Shipley.
Chicago-born, Nashville resident, Rachel played a blinder when she appeared at TLR with Molly Tuttle back in April 2018, now she returns with her band. Rachel’s 2017 label debut Shame was featured on NPR’s ‘Songs We Love’, called a ‘Rootsy Wake-up Call’ by Folk Alley, and described by Vice’s ‘Noisey’ as ‘flipping off authority one song at a time.’ Produced by Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange, it features ‘I Could’ve Been Your Lover Too’, which has reached over a million plays on Spotify.
Rachel’s ‘Thanksgiving’ is an intriguing follow up to ‘Shame’. The songs give her a chance to stretch out stylistically, moving effortlessly between bluegrass, to folk, old-time and country. The bittersweet lyricism she’s become known for conveys the push and pull of hardship and hope we often feel during the holiday season.
Raised in Chicago by a radical economist and a social worker, Baiman was surrounded by social justice issues her entire life. “If I wanted to rebel against my parents, I could have become a finance banker or a corporate lawyer”, she says of her childhood. While her classmates went to church or temple on Sunday mornings, Baiman attended the Ethical Humanist Society of Greater Chicago, a non-religious community formed around discussions of morality and current events. “That was always a tough one to explain at school”, she says with a laugh.
As a teenager, Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvable problems to be intense and overwhelming, and when I moved to Nashville to pursue music it felt like something positive, beautiful and productive that I could put into the world. Now that I’ve had some years to devote to music,”—Baiman has been recording and touring internationally for the past 4 years with 10 String Symphony, and has played fiddle for numerous other artists including Kacey Musgraves and Winnipeg folk band Oh My Darling