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Walls and Fences

by Rae Billing & the Unpayables

Original "Americana" late-night songs, sung in a voice that is "honest and pure" and full of gutsy feminity.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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1. Walking On By
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2. To Keep
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3. And Pretend
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4. Sacramento River
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5. I Only (Want It All)
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6. Nothing Left to Give
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7. Stale Old Dreams
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8. Someone
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9. Albert
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10. Grace (So Many Ways)
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11. Daughter of Nothing
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12. Seven Nights
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
It's been five long years since Rae's last album and it's worth the wait.

Walls and Fences is Rae Billing’s fourth album of original material. Released in 2013, it’s a fluid and passionate recording that transcends the “Americana” alt-country labels that are applied to so many artists and their recordings.

She calls her band The Unpayables — a wry comment on the shaky state of the independent music “industry” today. And they have the wit, skill and musical chops to match the Canadian music establishment in Toronto, 40 miles to the east of her home in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Matt Coleman’s on fiddle, Andrew Aldridge is the guitarist, K. Michael Hickey is on bass and Nick Burson is the drummer. Michael J. Birthelmer produced the album and contributed piano and guitar parts; other contributors included Ed Roth on accordion and organ, while Wayne Krawchuk and Tom Cowles sang backup parts.

Rae is blessed with a voice that’s been lauded as “full of wide open spaces and bittersweet emotions,” and her lyrics cut to the bone. Maverick Magazine, the widely respected British country music mag, said she “adds even more credibility to alternative country music,” while Belgium's Rootstime, reviewed her last album: "There are not many albums that catch you by the throat as this one does...and no matter how often you hear it, the feeling remains.”

Deep background
Rae Billing is no dewy young performer making a new record for the burgeoning alt-country audience. She was playing alt-country music when few in Canada knew the form. As the lead singer and primary songwriter for Toronto’s Crybaby, her first recording was released in 1996. One local “street newspaper” placed that album alongside Lyle Lovett and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings as the “Top Three Country Records of the Year.”

Her first self-titled, solo release came out in 2001, again to critical popularity with John Sakatmoto of the Toronto Sun/Canoe placing her song "Walking in a Dream" as number 3 on his highly respected Anti-Hit List. The Toronto Star said, "Billing's voice is a remarkably fluid and expressive instrument, honest and pure, assured and desperate at the same time."

In 2008 she followed it with Blue Black Night, enlisting a “who’s-who” of Toronto sidemen including Steve Koch (Ron Sexsmith, The Demics), Derrick Brady (Hawksley Workman, Serena Ryder), Matt Horner (Mary Margaret O'Hara) and Blue Rodeo ex-drummer Cleave Anderson. The reviews again were stellar:

"Very cool... strong and haunting..."
Jeff Goodes - CBC Radio 1

"There is a depth to her songs few contemporaries have yet to hone."
Jason MacNeil - All Music Guide

"A purely great soulful album"
Maverick Magazine UK

"Superb stuff."
Kerry Doole - Exclaim Magazine

"There are not many albums that catch you by the throat as this one does."
Freddy Celis - Rootstime

Now with Walls and Fences released in 2013, Rae again goes deep. From To Keep, which speaks to working on a relationship, to Grace, which threads its way through a failing one, the Walls and Fences are coming down, and they reveal striking new late-night songs, full of passion, heart and gutsy femininity.


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