Here is the latest newsletter I sent out. Feel free to pass it on!
We are already a month in to the New Year, we have a new US president, and- to keep up with the "new" news- Little Rachel has new things in store for 2009! Change is in the air, and it is inspiring me to get the ball rolling on my resolution to play more shows, go more places, meet more people, and basically spread the Little Rachel rock n' roll fever more than ever before! In a span of about two and a half months, I managed to make it to Italy, Finland, Seattle, Las Vegas, Austria, and Austin. Since then, I decided to take a short breather to regroup and make plans for the new year- and now I am ready to hit the road and do even more. Spring is just around the corner, and it is time to start warming things up again! Let's start with a newsletter:
The biggest Little Rachel news for 2009 is that I am releasing a new record this Spring. This will be my third solo release, and it is shaping up to be the best yet! It was recorded in Finland with a Finnish rhythm and blues band called the "Hogs of Rhythm" (featuring "Lester Peabody", other members of the of "The Barnshakers" and "Whistle Bait", and the vocal group "The Relics"). I am very excited to announce that this new record will be released on the Goofin' Records label. With an impressive roster featuring artists like "Dr. Snout and His Hogs of Rhythm", "The Barnshakers", "Whistle Bait", "Lester Peabody", "Marti Brom", "High Noon", "The Go-Getters", "Ray Collins Hot Club", "Sean Mencher", "Shaun Young", "The Ranch Girls", "The Ragtime Wranglers", "Li'l Esther", "Narvel Felts", "Carlos and the Bandidos", "The Rockin' 8 Balls", "Wildfire Willie and the Ramblers" (the list goes on and on), etc.- Goofin' has been a beacon of quality music in the rockin' scene for years, and I am honored to be represented by such a reputable label. I am also honored to have the "Hogs of Rhythm" as my band on the record. If you are not familiar with them, you should be. They are virtuosos of old style music- able to play everything from rock n' roll, to blues, to jazz (they could have even played country, if I asked them to, but I didn't... this time). They have a true skill and knowledge for how old style, rockin' rhythm and blues should be played, and so they make a magical union with the diverse, soulful, rockin' rhythm of the Little Rachel style. We are thrilled with the results, and we think you will be too! Watch for that release sometime between March and May.
In addition to a new record, the website has a brand new look. For reliable information about your favorite little R&B singin' gal, you can still visit http://www.littlerachel.net
to hear the sounds, get the latest news, and find out when I am playing a show near you. Though it has a sleeker look, the site is still not overly fancy. However, it does serve its purpose- and I will try to keep the photos of me and my flambouyant wardrobe updated, so the site will be as visually stimulating as possible. If you prefer, you can also still visit me on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/littlerachel
Locally, I am working on some new material and upcoming shows with "The Rhythm Busters", out of Lawrence. We hope to be very active in the Kansas City area in the coming year, while I am in town. I should also mention that I am in a new band. I have joined forces with the Honeybees and Miss Sophia Wolff to form a 4-part soulful girl group, a la "The Ikettes"... but a little more blue-eyed. We are called "The She Demons", and you can visit us on MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/shedemonsrock
to see our live videos of our debut performance at Viva Las Vegas this past Spring (featuring Caroline Casey, before Sophia Wolff was added to the group). We are just starting out, but once we get things going full speed, we promise to be a force to be reckoned with. Four hot girls. Four fantastic voices. Need I say more? If that isn't enough, just remember that, in addition to promoting myself and the new Little Rachel record, and introducing the She Demons to the world, I am also still here for my rockabilly fans. The Casey Sisters are still available for shows in the coming year as well. In fact, Caroline Casey also has a brand new record out on El Toro records with her honky-tonk band, "Caroline Casey & the Stringlingers". Be sure to check that out, and expect to see more of her in the coming year as well. If you want a little bit country, and a little bit rock n' roll, who needs the Osmonds? Book the Casey Sisters!
As always, in any capacity, I am willing to travel to all ends of the earth to entertain you (and entertain myself in the process). The important thing is seeing your smiling faces, and sharing good times and great music. That being said, I would love to hear from you, especially if you have an event coming up- no matter how big or small. As I said, it was my resolution this year to play as many shows as possible, so it is likely I will be near your town sooner than you think! If I left anyone out, please spread this news to your friends and neighbors. Little Rachel has big plans, and I want all of you to be a part of them! So, please stay in touch.
I hope you and yours are having a great year so far, and will have an even better one ahead.
Until next time,
US mobile phone: +001 816 809 0917
If you happen to be lucky enough to live in the Kansas City area, you can see me perform live the 12th of February at Aftershock (formerly Marty's Blues Cafe) in Merriam with "The Rhythm Busters". This will kick off the start of weekly "Rockabilly Thursdays" at Aftershock. For more details, visit my website.