Rachel Harrington

Rachel Harrington

 Oregon City, Oregon, USA
SoloCountryFolk

Acoustic country from the Pentecostal pines of Oregon.

Biography

Q magazine: FOUR STARS, "Ancient sounding country noir"
Mojo: FOUR STARS, "Songs that conjure the ghosts of old America"
Bob Harris: "Absolutely enchanting"
The Daily Mirror: FOUR STARS, "Haunted, gothic Americana"
Songlines: FOUR STARS, "A sharply rendered sound portrait"

Reared among the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, Rachel Harrington has been doing things in the wrong order for quite some time. She'd had extensive radio play before performing her first live solo show, and she was opening for Grammy winners before releasing her first record.

From families of Danish dairymen and Irish lumberjacks, Rachel's only exposure to music as a young child was gospel - that, and her father's secret Stax/Motown collection he'd amassed since his return from serving in Vietnam. She especially loved the black gospel groups and the secular soul.

At the age of 12, after a stay with family in Montana, she fell in love with horses and began to ride in rodeo events. On the ranch, she met an old cowboy named Dutch who spent many hours giving the novice rider lessons - during which he listened to his favorite radio station: "stone country." This provided critical exposure to the likes of Hank Williams Sr., Loretta Lynn, and George Jones.

As a sixth generation Oregonian, Harrington feels a strong connection to place and to creating music that captures some of the stories and heritage of The West. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Pacific Northwest Bioregional Studies from Fairhaven College in Bellingham, Washington and a Master's in Environmental Conflict Resolution at NAU in Flagstaff, Arizona. During her college years, Rachel also studied creative writing with critically acclaimed author Ann Cummins. "If anything, I think I'm actually a short story writer. The story always comes first."

Harrington has released five albums to date. She tours extensively throughout the US and Europe. Her albums have garnered 4-star reviews in Mojo and Q. She was a winner of the prestigious song contest at Merlefest, whose prior winners include Gillian Welch. She reached millions of listeners with worldwide Starbucks in-store airplay. And BBC's legendary Bob Harris called her debut cd a contender for Album of The Year. 

After a six year break from recording, she is at work on a much-anticipated 6th album, Hush The Wild Horses. Tour dates in support of the new release are forthcoming.

Notable prior festival performances include:
Falcon Ridge (NY)
Sisters (OR)
Merlefest (NC)
Pickathon (OR)
Celtic Connections (UK)
Southern Fried (UK)
Summertyne (UK)

Lyrics

Here In My Bed

Written By: Rachel Harrington

Somebody else will hold my hand
Somebody else will understand
Here in my bed, here in my bed

Somebody else will kiss these lips
Somebody else under these fingertips
Here in my bed, here in my bed

The same old stars, the same old moon
Shining down in the same old room
The same old 4th of July
The same old fires in the same old sky

But somebody else in the morning sun
Somebody else will make me come undone
Here in my bed, here in my bed

There'll be somebody else in this old picture frame
Somebody else will whisper my name
Here in my bed, here in my bed

You can beg, you can plead
You can tell me I am all you'll ever need

But there'll be somebody else faithful and true
Somebody else and I know that ain't you
Here in my bed, here in my bed

He Started Building My Mansion In Heaven Today

Written By: Rachel Harrington

O, my savior is a carpenter
He's building a home for me
Through pearly gates on streets of gold
In the holy city I'll be

Just down the road from this earthly lane
No death, or mourning, or crying, or pain
Just beyond the rise I see
Sweet eternity

He started building my mansion in heaven today
Hallelujah, hallelujah, amen
I feel it in my bones
I'll soon be on my way
He started building my mansion in heaven today

My door is made of precious stone
Without a lock or key
Seven steps to the porch with a pretty view
Of the Sea of Galilee

Just down the road from this earthly lane
No death, or mourning, or crying, or pain
Just beyond the rise I see
My home waiting for me

He started building my mansion in heaven today
Hallelujah, hallelujah, amen
I feel it in my bones
I'll soon be on my way
He started building my mansion in heaven today

You'll Do

Written By: Rachel Harrington

You'll do the laundry, I'll mow the lawn
You'll do that thing you do all night long
You ain't Mr. Right
But you ain't wrong
Darlin', you'll do

You'll do the windows, I'll trim the tree
You'll do the dishes, then you'll do me
A frog with no curse
I've done worse
So darlin', you'll do

You'll do for later
You'll do for now
You'll do in a pinch
The kind of pinch I need, and how
Our love will bloom
Like rain follows the plow
So darlin', you'll do

I've had my share of wishing for true love
I've made my prayers to the lord above
She said, "What you're asking
No way, no how!"
So, darlin', you'll do

Right here, right now, is all that we ever knew
If you want to contemplate the philosophical point of view
As for Einstein, one and one makes two
So darlin', you'll do

You'll do for later
You'll do for now
You'll do in a pinch
The kind of pinch I need, and how
Our love will bloom
Like rain follows the plow
So darlin', you'll do

Makin' Our House A Honkytonk

Written By: Rachel Harrington

Baby can't you see
I'm missing you loving me
You're always dancing down at the bar
I've tried everything I know of
Beg and plead, push and shove
I know this might sound bizarre

Sitting here drinking beer
I was wishing you was near
When suddenly it come to me
I know how much you love it
How you wish you had more of it
So I went on a shopping spree

I'm makin' our house a honkytonk
You can dance all night that's right just wait and see
Invite all your friends, and you won't have to make amends
Cuz at the end of the night you'll be at home with me

Peanut shells on the floor
Hope you like the new decor
Antlers and neon signs
Ain't got no caviar
Just popcorn and PBR
Your credit card never declines

Pulltabs, shitkickers
Disco balls, bumperstickers
And we never pour too much foam
I don't wanna be hatin'
So I've been redecoratin'
But you should feel right at home

Cuz I'm makin' our house a honkytonk
You can dance all night that's right just wait and see
Invite all your friends, and you won't have to make amends
Cuz at the end of the night you'll be at home with me

We got a red hot jukebox
Country music on the rocks
Baby just me and you
Playing Hank and Loretta
Oh it don't get any better
And I think we're gonna make it through

Cuz I'm makin' our house a honkytonk
You can dance all night that's right just wait and see
Invite all your friends, and you won't have to make amends
Cuz at the end of the night you'll be at home with me

Wedding Ring Vacation

Written By: Rachel Harrington

Well a wedding ring is a valuable thing
Don't get me wrong
A wife is proud to be endowed
With an emblem of love so strong

But if her man starts growing cold
And the marriage turns to ice
You can bet she's gonna wanna sell that ring
At the highest offered price

She'll take a wedding ring vacation
Making the best of a bad situation
Putting this heartache on probation
Gonna have some fun
Let love go to liquidation
No more insufficient fundelation
Gonna get right down to recreation
Under the sun

I took my gown to the other side of town
And sold it to a store
His tux is doing ok up on Ebay
In a bidding war

Got me an ocean of suntan lotion
A tropical beach delight
So keep the hot tub hot and the cocktails coming
I'm gonna be high all night

I'm on a wedding ring vacation
Making the best of a bad situation
Putting this heartache on probation
Gonna have some fun
Let love go to liquidation
No more insufficient fundelation
Gonna get right down to recreation
Under the sun

I'll Show You Mine

Written By: Rachel Harrington

The body is holy it's true
The body is a temple they say
When I laid my eyes on you
I was born again that day

I want to waltz you across the dance floor
I want to waltz you the whole night through
A body so fine, laid out on the line
If you show me yours, I'll show you mine

The heart is a tender thing
She warbles and she cries
She can break like nothing you've seen
And then she'll spread her wings and fly

I want to waltz you across the dance floor
I want to waltz you the whole night through
Beating in time, our two hearts entwine
If you show me yours, I'll show you mine

I want to waltz you across the dance floor
I want to waltz you the whole night through
Your dreams and mine, til the end of the line
If you show me yours, I'll show you mine

I want to dance with you my whole life through
If you show me yours, I'll show you mine

Goodbye Amsterdam

Written By: Rachel Harrington

When I get to Bristol, I'll know where to go
Did you hear the owner Michael passed away?
And the folks down at the club
Wanna know how you've been
I know they'll ask but I don't know what I'll say

When I get to Brussels, I'll think of the Louvre
And the three nights we spent in Amsterdam
And how I woulda killed you
If you hadn't been so sweet
Oh if we could just have stayed right there back then

So goodbye Barcelona
Goodbye Birmingham
Goodbye to Vienna
Goodbye Amsterdam
Goodbye you and me

By the time I get to Glasgow I'll feel right at home
The rolling of the road settling in
And I'd have myself a good time
If I didn't have to
Say goodbye to you in every place we've been

So goodbye Barcelona
Goodbye Birmingham
Goodbye to Vienna
Goodbye Amsterdam
Goodbye you and me

House Of Cards

Written By: Rachel Harrington

I ain't about to start preaching to the saved
I ain't about to count the many hands I've played
I ain't about to be taken by a fool
I ain't to start playing by no rules

Been a long time coming
House of cards coming down

I ain't about to let the dealer play my hand
I ain't about to let the banker hold my land
I ain't about to call a bet that I could steal
I ain't about to spoil a good drink with a meal

Been a long time coming
House of cards coming down
Been a long time coming
House of cards coming down

Well Dutch said it would be easy
But we turned the river and I got played

He was a man of muscle
Was a man of means
Was a dead man walking with a fistful of queens
I bet the farm
I did not have to lose
He laid his hand down to bad news

Been a long time coming
House of cards coming down
Been a long time coming
House of cards coming down

You Don't Know

Written By: Rachel Harrington

What’s the wind like to the bird?
What’s the good news, have you heard ?
You don’t know, you don’t know

Who makes the moon do pirouettes?
Who forgives, who just forgets?
You don’t know, you don’t know

You don’t know if it’s man or machine
If you should run or maybe just come clean
You don’t know, you don’t know

Where the seed blows before it stops
Where the rain’s been before it drops
You don’t know, you don’t know

When the blue sky will fade to black
When your enemies will attack
You don’t know, you don’t know

You don’t know what tomorrow will bring
A chamber of gas or a gold wedding ring
You don’t know, you don’t know

I’ve been reading the tea leaves
Searching the stars
Looking for answers
And I’ve just found one

How many breaths do we have left to take?
How much love do you think we can make?
You don’t know, you don’t know

You don’t know why the river starts to bend
Where it flows and how the story ends
You don’t know, you don’t know

Discography

Hush The Wild Horses - Due out summer 2018 (Rachel solo)
Makin' Our House a Honkytonk - 2012 (Rachel Harrington & The Knockouts)
Celilo Falls - 2011 (Rachel solo)
Live In The Woods - 2009 (Rachel solo)
City of Refuge - 2008 (Rachel solo)
The Bootlegger's Daughter - 2007 (Rachel solo)
Halloween Leaves - Demo EP, 2004 (Rachel solo)

Set List