Rachel Harrington and The Knock Outs performing at the Old Brewery
Rachel Harrington is a roots musician in the truest and purest sense, an artist who really understands and conveys the deep link between country and soul.
As a child, her only exposure to music was gospel — that and her father's secret Stax/Motown collection he'd amassed since his return from Vietnam. She especially loved the black gospel groups as well as Otis Redding and Sam Cooke. Later, she fell under the spell of Hank Williams, George Jones and Loretta Lynn.
By 2006, Rachel was touring with her songwriting hero and country legend, Guy Clark, winning national songwriting awards, and performing at large festivals throughout the U.S. Her debut CD, The Bootlegger’s Daughter (2007) featured some of Northwest America’s finest musicians, and co-produced with two-time Grammy winner Garey Shelton. The album has made its way around the globe, receiving rave reviews, and reaching No.1 on the Euro-Americana Chart.
Her new record, 'Celilo Falls', has had consecutive weeks in the Top-40 on the Americana chart in the US. — making it the 5th most-played album on folk radio in the US right now. Last year, Rachel also won Merlefest's esteemed songwriting contest (previous winners include Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt).
She is coming to Cromarty with her all-female honky tonk band The Knock Outs, featuring bass, drums, fiddle, and guitar. In addition to songs from the brand new record, the live show includes some of the band’s favourite country and rockabilly covers.