Rachel Harrington | The Bootlegger's Daughter

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The Bootlegger's Daughter

by Rachel Harrington

MOJO: "FOUR STARS. This debut is a primer in Americana." Bob Harris BBC Radio: "Already a contender for Album of the Year." CD Baby Editor's Pick. Top DIY Pick, Performing Songwriter.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sunshine Girl
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2. Shoeless Joe
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3. Blow ~ The Ballad of Bill Miner
3:37 $0.99
4. Up the River
5:25 $0.99
5. Untitled
1:48 $0.99
6. Halloween Leaves
2:58 $0.99
7. Walk to You
5:11 $0.99
8. Louis Collins
3:33 $0.99
9. Summer's Gone
4:40 $0.99
10. Farther Along
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Album Notes
As featured on NPR's All Songs Considered ...

MOJO: Four Stars! "This debut is a primer in Americana\"

NOW PLAYING: “I am absolutely enchanted with this record! A brilliant debut ... already a leading contender for Album of the Year in my opinion!” ~ Bob Harris, BBC Radio

The Irish Times: Four stars! " ... like tuning into some obscure backwoods American radio station from sepia-tinted days of yore"

Performing Songwriter: Top 12 DIY Pick, "Rachel's voice has just the right combination of temerity and twang"

“IT’S A CRACKER! The challenge is finding only one area to highlight. ” ~ Miles of Music

"the best debut since Gillian’s ‘96 Revival.” ~ Ctrl. Alt. Country

“a top-drawer Americana debut” ~ Smart Choice Music, UK

"an ideal vehicle showcasing [Rachel\'s] multiple talents ... a significant landmark" ~ Bluegrass Unlimited

“Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch...Rachel Harrington. These comparisons don’t seem far-fetched at all given the extraordinary excellence of this debut.” ~ Glitterhouse

"Songwriting that truly shines!" ~ Sing Out!

"like reading a beautifully written novel ... unforgettable ... magical ... haunting" ~ NetRhythms

"as cheerful as Leonard Cohen" ~ Le Cri du Coyote

Rachel Harrington has been doing things in the wrong order for quite some time. She had extensive radio play before performing her first live show, and she opened for Grammy winners and nominees before her debut full-length record was even a glimmer in her eye.

Reared among the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, Harrington’s rural gospel roots shone through on her 2004 living room demo. That humble four-song EP spent 13 weeks on the AMA chart and garnered the Seattle siren stellar reviews. By 2006, Rachel was touring with her songwriting hero, Guy Clark, winning national songwriting awards, and performing on festival stages.

From the crossroads of country, folk and bluegrass, came her debut, The Bootlegger’s Daughter. Featuring some of the Northwest’s finest musicians, and co-produced with two-time Grammy winner Garey Shelton, the disc officially released on SkinnyDennis Records in May 2007. In short order, the cd made its way around the globe, becoming a top-shelf spin on Bob Harris’s renowned BBC program, hitting #1 on the Euro-Americana Chart, and climbing into the Top 40 on the esteemed Americana Music Association’s radio chart in the US.

Guest musicians on The Bootlegger\'s Daughter include:
John Reischman (Neko Case, Tony Rice)
Danny Barnes (Tim O\'Brien, Dave Alvin)
Marty Muse (Dwight Yoakam, Robert Earl Keen)
Zak Borden (Willy Mason, Casey Neill)
Bob Rice (John Lee Hooker)
Mike Grigoni (Korby Lenker)

Harrington tours the US and abroad regularly. For current news and dates, visit www.rachelharrington.net

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Swa Braeken

Five stars !!!!!
"FIVE STARS!" [Highest score ever given by this reviewer at this publication]
"[My predication:] Rachel Harrington will succeed without a doubt to get to the top of the Euro Americana Chart with 'The Bootlegger's Daughter', will appear in the Miles Of Music Bestsellers Charts, get on the cover of No Depression and frequently pop up in the Best of 2007 year-end lists."

Francois (SWA) Braeken - www.rootstime.be (Mar 1, 2007)Translation by Cora

radio ara country club

wow what talent . this country girl has keys to nashville .
EUROPE RADIO, SHE HAS MAGIC IN HER VOICE, MUSIC LIKE sweet APPLE PIE in mouth, she just magic.....
dj willie

ray devey

still in cd player great stuff

Home of Rock, review by Frank Ipach

"...the most beautiful country record of the year so far"
When country music newcomer Rachel Harrington welcomes you to her website with a look from puppy-dog eyes, she slightly reminds this visitor of Michelle Pfeiffer. Hard to say whether that’ll work to her advantage in the rough music biz. It’s an undisputable fact, however, that Harrington’s debut album is practically bursting with musicality. In 2004 she released a self-produced EP that gained her some attention in relevant circles but stayed mostly under the radar in Germany. The new album is bound to rectify that.

“The Bootlegger’s Daughter” impresses with high-quality country songs in mostly acoustic arrangements with a few moments of delicate electric guitar or gentle pedal steel (especially on the beautiful “Walk to You”). This album resonates with an aura of calm, softness, tenderness, and casual, un-agitated instrumental mastery. Masterful mandolin runs, beautiful dobro parts and pedal steel moans provide highlights. The band sounds like they’ve been playing together for an eternity – which is not the case, but all the musicians are class acts. A great contributing factor is the album’s natural, free-flowing, clear sound.

Rachel Harrington is influenced by traditional country music and her debut album conveys the feeling of a relaxed living room jam or back porch picking party. One might argue that Harrington is using clichés – but that’s only true insofar as she employs tried and true woods to build a brand new, splendid home and grace it with a female touch.

To my ears, this is the most beautiful country record of the year so far. The colossal debut of a most promising artist.

Americana UK, review by Andy Riggs

Bootlegger’s Daughter releases a strong debut
Bootlegger’s Daughter releases a strong debut

It’s about 8.00pm I’m stuck on the M25 near Heathrow Airport, I’m going nowhere.. Bob Harris country show is on Radio 2 and up comes a record by Rachel Harrington. All of a sudden I can see a way out of this traffic nightmare…

Rachel was raised among the Pentecostal pines of Oregon has had fairly extensive airplay in the US, and has opened shows for such luminaries as Shawn Colvin, Todd Snider and Fred Eaglesmith.

On this record Harrington is joined by a host some top-notch musicians and mixes the repertoire between bluegrass, folk, country and traditional gospel. It’s very much a traditional Americana record; best heard on the track ‘Blow-the ballad of the bill miner’. Rachel has self-penned most of the songs on this her debut – apart from a cover of Laura Veirs song ‘Up The River’ and a John Hurt song, the evocative ‘Louis Collins’.

Blending traditional sounds of American music, and whilst this record is steeped in the past, it has an oddly current feel: Rachel’s voice is one of the many highlights of this record.

By the way it was 10.30pm before I got off the ‘road to hell’ but at least I had chance to listen to Bob Harris and Rachel Harrington.

Glitter House Records, review by Thomas Dewers

"...the real stuff!"
Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch... Rachel Harrington! These kinds of top-notch comparisons don't seem far-fetched at all given the extraordinary excellence of this likeable Seattle musician's debut album.

Currently she's creating quite a stir in all kinds of Americana charts on both sides of the Atlantic with her handmade acoustic sound between folk and country with a dash of bluegrass. Many a singer-songwriter aficionado who has seen her on German stages with Markus Rill a few years ago will fondly remember her.

That was but a sample, this here's definitely the real stuff! "The Bootlegger's Daughter" features ten tracks: Seven smashing original compositions plus "Up The River" by her better-known colleague Laura Veirs, Mississippi John Hurt's "Louis Collins" and "Farther Along" - an invitation to a gospel singalong as album closer.

Harrington's voice is wonderfully appropriate to this kind of music conveying sadness and hope at the same time while sounding quite natural and original. The album features a host of well-known studio cracks like pedal steelers Marty Muse (Dwight Yoakam, R.E. Keen) and Mike Grigoni (Korby Lenker), Zak Borden (Willy Mason), Danny Barnes (Tim O'Brien, Bad Livers) am Banjo, John Reischmann (Laurie Lewis, Neko Case), and others.

Miles of Music, review by Jeff Weiss

The challenge is finding only one outstanding area to highlight. Rachel Harrington`s bittersweet and mournful voice, her melancholy story telling, the exemplary musicianship courtesy of some of the finest players, and terrific song production are all competing for top billing in the "oh, I like that part the best!" contest. This full-length debut is a terrific, intimate folk/bluegrass record.