The words used to be alive in my mouth
Trying to find a way out
Strange how it was I could never make them stay
or go away
Willful were they
And caught in their clutch was I
~ Words, Rachel Ries
Returning from a years-long hiatus, Rachel Ries is releasing her third long player, Ghost of a Gardener on Feb 18, 2014. Her voice at times echoes that of Regina Spektor or early Maria Muldaur and this new album is full of thoughtful and inventive arrangements. Fingerpicked melodicism pairs with sweeping strings & analog synths while a Merle Haggard-style drinking song struts with trumpets and close knit harmonies.
Tune in Wednesday from 9-10am Central for a set of Valentine songs by women, followed by the interview with Rachel, who will be at Cafe Paradiso with her band on Saturday 2/15, 8pm.