Rachel Baiman at Strange Brew
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"Sell out warning! Exultant bluegrass meets Nashville-grade pop - Rachel Baiman’s the most exciting thing in indie-country in recent memory FFO: Ana Egge, Kelly McFarling, Darling West, Dustbowl Revival."

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A gig held at Strange Brew on Wednesday 9th October. The event starts at 20:00.

Ear Trumpet Presents: Rachel Baiman. Seated Show at Strange Brew, 10-12 Fairfax St, BS1 3DB - Ages 14+ (Under 18's to be accompanied by a responsible adult)

Doors 7:00pm, Show 8:00pm

Raised in Chicago, Baiman made her way to Nashville at 18 with the dream of being a professional fiddle player and has since released two solo records and an EP, alongside session and side-person work with Kacey Musgraves, Kevin Morby, and Molly Tuttle among many others. Since her first solo release in 2017 she’s carved out a niche as an increasingly important, distinctive, and political solo artist. Her latest self-produced album, Common Nation Of Sorrow, is arguably her finest to date. It’s certainly her most outspoken and hard-hitting, exploring the underbelly of American capitalism, and the individual and communal devastation it manifests, particularly on her own generation. It’s a tribute to her ability as a writer, singer, and producer that it does so to such powerfully moving effect.

Baiman has deemed 2024 her “Year Of Collaboration” with a series of projects featuring some of her favourite songwriters including Pony Bradshaw, Caroline Spence, and Nicholas Jamerson. If Common Nation Of Sorrow was a novel, this year’s releases feel more like short stories, just long enough to make you want more. "I've been looking for a new well of inspiration, outside of myself," Rachel Baiman told Wide Open Country. "Every time that you work with someone you admire there's a lot of growth that happens from being around their creative process and how they approach a song. It brings a new energy to my own work when I can find a new perspective I hadn’t seen before.”

The first In Collaboration single release, Dominoes, with Pony Bradshaw, was the result of months of musical collaboration. The song hit 100,000 streams on Spotify in its first month, and Wide Open Country called it “a gut-wrenching tale that catalogues the tension between two people acting on their worst impulses, leading to a domino effect of fallout.”

“With her expressive and finely weathered voice, she weaves traditional bluegrass and folk threads through plights big and small, injustices, and generational trauma” - No Depression

“Rachel Baiman’s emotionally raw, plaintive vocals create an exquisite, expansive soundscape that allows her lyrics to permeate our souls, calling us to consider the delicate balance of the human condition, to mourn it, to celebrate it.” - Folk Alley


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