Retta Guest Choate
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Retta Guest Choate

Portland, ME | Established. Jan 01, 2002 | INDIE

Portland, ME | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2002
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"Promotion Magazine"

Retta was written up in Promotion Magazine in 2006. - Promotion Magazine

"Portland Music News, Feb. 27, 2009"

RETTA CHOATE will release her latest CD, Daddy's Mill, with a show March 14 at Bowdoin College in Thorne Dining Hall. It's the Farmington native's second disc, a follow up to 2003's Milkglass Flame, and continues in her vein of acoustic folk/pop.
---Sam Pfeifle - The Phoenix

"Gravitator Magazine"

2007: Broadjam's Gravitator Magazine has added Retta to its list of top artists! - Broadjam

"Gravitator Magazine"

2007: Broadjam's Gravitator Magazine has added Retta to its list of top artists! - Broadjam


Single: Evil Villains - 2002
LP/CD: Milkglass Flame - 2003
Daddy's Mill - 2009



Retta Guest Choate

Biography Retta Guest Choate Instrumentation: Retta Guest Choate, vocals/harmony, acoustic guitar Christian Derbyshire, keyboard & synthesizer Catherine Lynch, violin Jeff Small, bass guitar John Hurd, electric guitar. 

Born Retta Guest in Farmington, Maine, Retta's first singing performances took place from a child-sized rocking chair in the kitchen of the Guest household. The Guest family included 4 girls and 4 boys (enough for a harmonic choir) and Mom and Dad. The family spent many hours singing and harmonizing around the kitchen table, the piano or while riding in the car. Retta's brothers were influenced by Elvis and learned to play guitar. Soon Retta picked up the guitar and began to perform.

Unlike many of the rural Maine kids she grew up with, Retta did not move away to the city after she finished school, but stayed in Maine due to her great love of the state, as depicted in her original tune, ME, from the Milkglass Flame CD, released in 2002. Retta began performing music professionally while in college, staying mostly with acoustic pop, soft rock and modern folk music. She began to incorporate her original music into her repertoire and played in local clubs, Bowdoin College, community events and other area venues. Retta's past recorded efforts have been an EP released on an independent label, a video recorded in Nashville after winning a contest, and a promo video. Milkglass Flame was promoted by Bryan Farrish Radio Promotion on radio stations across the country with an acoustic venue.

Milkglass Flame is Retta's first full length album released on her own label. It includes originals and some covers. The first song, "Evil Villains", a haunting tune about the events of September 11th, 2001, will ring an emotional chord with any American. Also featured is a song about her love for the state of Maine, and a "Beatlesque" version of Rocky Racoon - very popular with audiences and selling internationally on digital websites. An emotionally moving and beautifully written work of acoustic pop and folk rock, Milkglass Flame is available at The full album or individuals tracks may also be downloaded at ITunes,, Spotify,, Rhapsody and other digital websites.

Her second CD, "Daddy's Mill", was released in Feb. 2009. The single, "Daddy's Mill", is a tribute to Retta's dad, A.T. Guest, and childhood memories of adventures to his wood/dowel mill. Also on the CD are jazzy versions of Duncan and Brady, JT's Sunny Skies, I've Just Seen a Face (Beatles version) and some new, upbeat originals. Retta has been busy writing songs and collecting ideas for a third CD. Also in the works is a collection of original and traditional Christmas music. Retta's amazing backup musicians include Chris Derbyshire, producer, keyboard and synthesizer; Catherine Lynch, violin; John Hurd, electric guitar; and Jeff Small, bass guitar. Each musician contributes his or her special talent to create a unique sound. Retta's cup of musical ideas runneth over. Retta Guest Choate will be playing in Maine over the next year.

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