Rachel Harrington

Rachel Harrington

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandAmericanaAcoustic

"Ancient sounding country-noir ... Harrington's bleak, black strand of Americana makes Neko Case sound like Olivia Newton John." ~Q Magazine, 4-stars. "Songs that conjure the ghosts of old America" ~Mojo, 4-stars

Biography

A winner in the 2011 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest, 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 show, and she was opening for Grammy winners and nominees before releasing her first record.

Reared among the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, Rachel now has under her belt 4 full-length albums, a scrapbook full of awards and accolades, and a cult-like following of fans around the world.

Harrington's last release, Celilo Falls, garnered sweeping 4-star reviews in major music publications (Mojo, Q, Songlines), debuted at #3 on the Euro-Americana Chart, reached Top-40 on the Americana Music Association radio chart, #5 on the Folk-DJ chart, #9 on the Roots Music Report chart, and #12 on the Freeform American Roots chart. Last year, Rachel was a winner in Merlefest's 2011 song contest, a finalist in the Dave Carter Songwriting Contest at Sisters Folk Festival, and had official showcases at both the western regional and international Folk Alliance conferences. She has appeared numerous times on the BBC's legendary Bob Harris show and reached millions of listeners through airplay at Starbucks.

In 2012, Harrington will release Makin' Our House A Honkytonk, a refreshing collection of good-time, old-school country with her all-girl backing band, The Knock Outs.

In the meantime, she's embarking on a massive tour of US as a duo.

REVIEWS:

FOUR STARS: “Ancient-sounding country noir … Harrington is all about what’s left off her songs, and the skeletal arrangements leave the listener to fill in the unspoken terrors and tenderness that lie beneath”
Bury Me Close: #34 on Q’s 50 Essential Tracks To Download This Month
~Q magazine (Feb 2011)

FOUR STARS: “Songs that conjure the ghosts of old America”
~Mojo (Feb 2011)

FOUR STARS: The Irish Times Top-10 Albums of the Year List includes cds by Bruce Springsteen, Richard Thompson, Willie Nelson, Robert Plant and Neil Young. At #7, Rachel Harrington's Celilo Falls.
~The Irish Times (Dec 2010)

FOUR STARS: “A compelling blend of twang and swing … a sharply rendered sound portrait”
~Songlines (Jan 2011)

“Some of 2010's most heart warming tracks with its timeless, traditional take on American folk. An inspiring album indeed!”
~Neon Filler (UK) # 6

Album Of The Year (2010) ~Bluesbunny

FOUR ½ STARS: “Drawn from traditional American folk, shades of bluegrass, country and a rural soul, it is music which transcends its own influences (Townes Van Zandt, Lyle Lovett, the Carter Family and all the way down those Smithsonian Folkways) before being realised as a wonderfully authentic sound”
~All Gigs

“Harrington returns to the alt-country fore with another melancholic slice of beautifully doomful Americana … an album stripped back to beautiful basics with a raw beauty and solitary campfire pathos”
~AU

“Rachel Harrington belongs at the top of Americana today, on equal altitude with Gillian Welch or Emmylou Harris”
~Rootstime

“Conjuring Emmylou … could have come from the Louvins’ catalogue … [Harrington is an] angel on earth.” ~NetRhythms

“Haunted, gothic Americana … FOUR STARS!”
~The Daily Mirror

“Harrington is one of those artists Brits get before she registers with her fellow Americans. Listen up, America!” ~Electric Ghost

“I don't think we'll have a better folk record this year”
~Dani Heyvaert, DJ

“It has fallen straight into my top CD of 2010 slot and hasn’t been out of my CD player since it arrived … Celilo Falls will find its place among the best material out there”
~Flyin Shoes

“A first rate songwriter and performer, with a collection of highly personal songs that pull no punches”
~Northern Sky

Discography

Makin' Our House A Honkytonk (2012)
Celilo Falls (2011)
In The Woods: Like in The Netherlands (2009)
City of Refuge (2008)
Bootlegger's Daughter (2007)
Halloween Leaves, EP (2004)