Rachel Lee Walsh

Rachel Lee Walsh

 Brooklyn, New York, USA
SoloAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Soulful country-ish folk music with a dramatic flair.

"High Octane Honey" -
J. Cobb, fan

Biography

The Long Bio:
Rachel Lee Walsh grew up as a child in Jacksonville, Florida, where her life was drenched in music and entertainment. From a young age, she performed in musical theatre, acted in TV commercials, did voiceover work, and then graduated from a performing arts high school. Her parents worked in the music and advertising industries doing everything from tour management, to radio, talent scouting, and running a jingle writing company. She grew up with southern rock culture in her ears. As a very small child, she can remember being at the rehearsals of many bands from the area including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, and 38 Special. She also gained influence from many other genres of music, as everything from jazz to pop to country was played in her household. As an only child, she developed early on the ability to entertain herself by writing, singing, and making up stories with imaginary friends. Perhaps it is one of the things that made her become a songwriter.
She came to NYC to attend college and pursue a career in music. She studied and majored in music performance at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Hunter College. After playing in an indie-rock band, a folk trio, a hardcore punk band, and an alt-country band as a back-up vocalist and guitarist, she began her solo caree in 2001. She calls her music “soulful country-ish folk with a dramatic flair”. NYC Venues on her calendar have included Pete’s Candy Store, The Knitting Factory, Public Assembly, Superfine, 68 Jay Street, and Arlene’s Grocery. She has self-released 3 EP’s. Her most recent is "The Singles" which she released in early 2012. She is currently working on a new full-length album and playing live regionally.
Rachel creates songs that are beautiful, dramatic, and moving. With her guitar and a big soulful voice, she delivers story driven songs about an array of interesting characters. In “Oh Lord” she writes from the standpoint of a man down on his luck from the ravages of a hurricane. In “She’s Not Waiting” she writes about a tattooed and tough NYC female bike messenger who serves as an inspiration for living fearlessly. She even throws in a love song occasionally, such as “Please Come to Brooklyn” which was the winner of the Brooklyn Anthem Competition in 2011. She is strongly influenced by American songwriters such as Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Amos Lee, Mary Gauthier, and Lucinda Williams. When she is not playing solo, she shares the stage with her back-up band, which has been known to include additional guitar, upright bass, violin, pedal steel and percussion.
She lives in Brooklyn with her wife, her black lab, and her black cat that is nicknamed Darth Vader.

The Short Bio:
Drawing on her folk, soul, country, and blues musical influences, New York City based singer and songwriter, Rachel Lee Walsh creates songs that are beautiful, dramatic, and moving. With her guitar and a big soulful voice, she delivers story-driven songs about various subjects, including the lives of women, working class culture, urban life, and love. She spent her childhood in the south and grew up in New York City as an adult. She is strongly influenced by American songwriters such as Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch, Amos Lee, Mary Gauthier, and Lucinda Williams. When she is not playing solo, she shares the stage with her back-up band, which has been known to include additional guitar, upright bass, violin, pedal steel and percussion.

The One Liner:
Rachel Lee Walsh is a New York City based singer and songwriter with a big soulful voice who performs country and blues influenced folk songs and has an unhealthy obsession with any vintage dresses and shoes she can get her hands on.

Instrumentation:
Solo shows are just Rachel and her guitar. Shows with her band are often are in the form of a trio and can include such instruments as violin, upright bass, ukulele, and cajon. Additional instruments can be added, depending on the venue. All acoustic instrumentation, with electric sometimes included, also depending on the venue.

Notable:
• Winner of the 2011 Brooklyn Anthem Competition with her song “Please Come to Brooklyn”.
• Co-founder of The Ignition Lab, a group of songwriters taking on the challenge of writing a song a week in 2013 and posting it in video form online. She founded the group with musical friend Pantera Saint-Montaigne. The Ignition Lab is also a music series she and Pantera are organizing in NYC for 2013.

Lyrics

Please Come to Brooklyn

Written By: Rachel Lee Walsh

Please Come to Brooklyn
Written by: Rachel Lee Walsh

Please come to Brooklyn
Please come today
I want to see you
Won't you come my way
Please come to Brooklyn
Please come today
I know that you'll love it to
Won't you come and stay

We could take a walk on that beautiful bridge
We could take a swim by the shore
We could buy ice cream at the corner store
Or find a drink along the way
We could find a stoop
Or just sit in the park all day

Please come to Brooklyn
Please come today
I want to see you
Won't you come my way
Please come to Brooklyn
Please come today
I know that you'll love it too
Won't you come and stay

We could take a ride on a train
We could take our bikes on that new path lane
We could take a bus to the promenade
And see a view of this city
It don't really matter
Just want you here with me

Well I can't think of anywhere
I would rather be than this city
Oh think how great that it would be
If you were here with me

Please come to Brooklyn
Please come today
I want to see you
Won't you come my way
Please come to Brooklyn
Please come today
I know that you'll love it too
Won't you come and stay
Please come to Brooklyn
Please come my way

 

Oh Lord

Written By: Rachel Lee Walsh

Oh Lord

Written and Performed by: Rachel Lee Walsh

Oh Lord what do you want from me?
Oh Lord what are you telling me?
You took me through a hurricane, I'm not gonna forget it's name
It went and blew my house right down, right from under me.

Well you keep throwing these hard times at me
I keep a walkin' but I just can't see
Well I'm tired of the darkness
Oh you've got to let me be

Oh hear me now, when it's rough for me.
Don't you hear my shouts, my crying and my pleas?
While I was working hard each day, you went and stole my job away.
I watched my city drown, drown, drown right in front of me.

Well you keep throwing these hard times at me
I keep a walkin' but I just can't see
Well I'm tired of the darkness
Oh you've got to let me be

Well I'm not asking the easy life
But one less heartache would sure be nice
I've got my family, I've got my wife,
Got all the best things that are free in life
But I've got no time for your misery
It ain't of no use to me

Oh Lord, what do you want from me?
Oh Lord, what are you telling me?
My bank accounts run dry today but I have got those bills to pay
And now my neighbors are leavin' town, right away from me

Well you keep throwing these hard times at me
I keep a walkin' but I just can't see
Well I'm tired of the darkness
Oh you've got to let me be
Well I'm tired of the darkness
Oh you've got to let me be

She's Not Waiting

Written By: Rachel Lee Walsh

She's a tattooed and tough girl
Riding fast on her bike
Dodging all the cabs
Trying to make all the lights
Even in this big city
There are few girls like her
Going up in tall buildings
Doing messenger work
It's Russian roulette out there everyday
But she goes on her way

She's not waiting for the days to pass
With wings on her heels
There's no looking back
Not waiting for a destiny
She just seems so free

With my high heels and stockings
And my hair pinned up tight
Tattoos covered up
Just watching for the light
Moving through the masses
Who are rushing to work
Going up in tall buildings
In their buttoned up shirts
It's turnstiles to meetings that last through the day
All this for some pay

She's not waiting for the days to pass
With wings on her heels
There's no looking back
Not waiting for a destiny
That used to be me

I saw her today riding out in the rain
A man in a suit walked right into her lane
I heard him say he would not want her job today
Well she just smiled and said
I wouldn't want your job any day

She's not waiting for the days to pass
With wings on her heels
There's no looking back
Not waiting for a destiny
She just seems so free
She's not waiting for the days to pass
With wings on her heels
There's no looking back
Not waiting for a destiny
That used to be me

Discography

2012 Self-released EP w/full band, "The Singles"
2009 Self-released solo EP, "She's Not Waiting"
2004 Self-released solo EP, "Peasant Stock and Trash"

Set List

Sets can run 45 min-2 hours of material, depending on venue needs. Sets can be all original or can include covers.

Examples of Originals:
She's Not Waiting
Elizabeth Dawn
Oh Lord
Please Come to Brooklyn
The Trouble Inside
A Right Turn
Bird In Flight
One More Time
I'll Take You Away

Examples of Covers:
Wayfaring Stranger, Traditional
Return of The Grievous Angel, Gram Parsons
The One I Love is Gone, Doc Watson
Trapeze, Patty Griffin
The Leavin' Train, Welch/Rawlings
A Satisfied Mind, Porter Wagoner
Papa Was a Rodeo, The Magnetic Fields
In My Time of Dyin', Traditional