July 2019 Newsletter

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New Single: "Willie's Lady"

I just came out with my second single of the summer! You can find it wherever you get your music from these days, like:
Apple Music

"Willie's Lady" comes from a collection of texts called Child Ballads. Scottish folksinger Ray Fisher took the text from the 6th Child Ballad and set it to the tune of a Cape Breton drinking song, "Son Ar Chistr," or "The Song of Cider." She taught it to the legendary balladeer Martin Carthy, who then recorded and released a version on his album 'Crown of Horn' in 1976. In 2013, Anais Mitchell released a version of her own with updated language that was easier for modern ears to follow. My arrangement picks and chooses elements from both of these versions and then mixes them with a hint of a bluegrass twist.

Boston Herald Interview - Atwood's Residency

I had the pleasure of chatting with Jed Gottlieb from the Boston Herald about my plans for my Atwood's Residency.
Read the article here!

Big thank you to those who came out to the June show. Tickets are still available for both the July and August shows -- be sure to snag those while you can!

Tickets >> July 21stAugust 18th

L.A. LIVE Podcast

No, not the City of Angels -- we're talking Lower Allston LIVE. It's a new podcast love-child from AERONAUT Brewery and PRX Podcast Garage and I was incredibly honored when I was asked to be on the premiere episode! It's an hour-long variety show of music, story-telling, poetry, and stand-up all performed in front of a live audience. Just listen for yourself, and then sign up to attend the next live taping - those could be YOUR claps and cheers next time!


Saturday, 7.06 Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville is beginning a new taproom music series called Singer-Songwriter Saturdays, and guess who's kicking it off? I'll be playing solo! No cover. 2:30-4pm.
RSVP on Facebook | FREE SHOW

Sunday, 7.21 The second show of my Atwood's Tavern residency!! Full band affair!
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Sunday, 8.18 And, the final installment of my Atwood's Tavern residency!! Also, a full band affair!
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I recently watched the new Martin Scorsese film on Netflix, Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story. While I loved it all, I think the best moment came tucked in the middle when the Revue gathered at Gordon Lightfoot's house for a late night party. Suddenly the camera is about a foot away from Joni Mitchell as she begins to play "Coyote," which at the time was a brand new song. I love seeing Bob and Roger McGuinn trying to keep up with her; Bob scrunches his face all funny and I'm not sure he's quite getting it, but Joni continues on completely fearless and so sure of her vision.

You can see what I mean here.

Thank you for subscribing and reading! I hope to see you soon.

- R

Rachel Sumner