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Minor League Deities

by Rachael Davis

Rooted in traditional folk, but influenced by everything from the sounds of New Orleans jazz to the beats of Beale Street blues. An ecclectic mix of all original songs that pack a toothy, acoustic flavor, but leave a sweet, satisfying after taste...Enjoy
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cocktail Wieners
4:29 $0.99
2. Better Than Me
3:07 $0.99
3. Feste's Theme (Heavenbound)
3:40 $0.99
4. Under Winter
4:58 $0.99
5. Dancin' Shoes
4:18 $0.99
6. Lucinda
2:17 $0.99
7. Still An Angel
2:32 $0.99
8. Eighth Lit Window
6:03 $0.99
9. Only Stranger
5:06 $0.99
10. January
2:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rachael Davis has been singing on-stage since she was two years old. Being born to parents who never intended to keep her very far from music for very long seems to have made all the difference in the world. Before she was mobile Rachael would be set in a car seat and placed in the middle of a song circle, and with silver bells on her ankles she would shake her feet to the rhythm. At one-and-a-half Rachael was singing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to anyone who asked, and at two she started performing with her parents on stage.

Born in Lansing, Michigan, Rachael spent almost six years of her life in Chicago before her parents -- musicians as well -- settled in Cadillac, Michigan, where she was constantly nurtured and encouraged by family, friends, and other respectable musicians. When Rachael was eight she was singing on second stage at Wheatland Music Festival. The Irish singer Maura O'Connell was just backstage. When Rachael walked off stage Maura went up to her, and grasped Rachael's face with both hands and said, "Never stop doing it for the love of it!"

Rachael has spent most of her life involved with music in one way or another -- whether it was singing with her family-based group Lake Effect, or performing solo with a few friends as special guests. She attended Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan -- which also counts among its alumni, Peter Yarrow, Anne Hills and Jewel (Kilcher).

In the span of her 6 year solo career Rachael has shared the stage with Boston based singer/songwriter Vance Gilbert, folk divas Claudia Schmidt and Sally Rogers, Prairie Home Companion regulars Robin and Linda Williams, Greg Brown, Taj Mahal, Robert Earl Keen, Fred Eaglesmith, Josh Ritter, jazz legends Marcus Belgrave and Winston Walls -- amongst others. She has opened for Dar Williams, David Lindley, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Little Feat, Garnet Rogers, Chris Smither, Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, Richard Shindell, Susan Werner, Peter Mulvey, Eddie From Ohio, , Clive Gregson, Willy Porter and many more.

In September of 2001, Rachael moved from Michigan to Boston and within the span of seven months was awarded a Boston Music Award for Best New Singer-Songwriter. In 2002, Rachael contributed "Lonely When You're Gone" to the Respond II compilation (which can be found at http://respondproject.org), which also includes such luminaries as Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Ani DiFranco and the Indigo Girls (amongst many others). And in 2003 Rachael took home the grand prize in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival’s Troubadour Contest.

Her influences range from the jazz stylings of Ella Fitzgerald to the soulful pop vocals of Patty Griffin -- with many more in between. She is a contemporary songwriter but is equally at home singing anything from traditional ballads to Cole Porter to Joe Henry.

Some quotes about Rachael:

Mary Lou Lord: "[Rachael sings] with the voice of the most beautiful color you've never seen.

Susan Werner: "We don't have Eva Cassidy anymore but we do have Rachael Davis"

Eddie From Ohio: "With a voice that moving - we could listen to her sing the alphabet all night and that would be enough."

Ellis Paul: "Rachael Davis . . . has one of those voices that you know will somehow find its way to a national spotlight . . . keep an eye -- and an ear -- out for her"

Claudia Schmidt: "Rachael is a bold explorer in the undefined and powerful territory of her primary instrument -- her own human voice -- and the stories that come through it."

Dean Magraw (folk and jazz guitar wizard): "People . . . please open your hearts and bathe your ears in the 'Be-here-now, soul-on-your-sleeve'-inspired new voice of Rachael Davis!"

Scott Alarik (Boston Globe): "Davis is off to a faster start than any Boston-based songwriter in memory."

Ben Edmonds (Detroit Free Press): "Davis commands a voice older than her years, an instrument that is equally sure expressing strength and vulnerability, and her songwriting is fearlessly eclectic." (full article)

Brian Bishop (The Musical Curmudgeon): "This woman is anything but minor league. She has a major league voice which essentially is her instrument . . . You better see Davis soon, because it won't be long before it will be too late to say: 'I saw her when.'"

Mike Hughes, Lansing State Journal: "Her voice and songwriting seem to defy age. One moment, she's a jazz singer, her voice vaulting across ranges; the next, she's a folksinger, wizened and weary."

Ann Arbor Review: "Her music is built around her voice, a shimmering and versatile thing that trips lightly through Ella-esque jazz lines, growls and belts and glides."

Jack Leaver The Grand Rapids Press: "Davis' music defies categorization. The 10 tracks on her debut run the gamut of her influences, with minimal instrumental backing built around her versatile and powerful voice." (full article)

Holly Figueroa (singer/songwriter): "Another really scary thing as a songwriter is to share a show with someone 10 years or so younger than you who is, by far, a better songwriter, singer, and performer than you ever were, ever will be, or ever thought there could be in someone so young. This happened to me for the first time at Club Passim on December 5, when I had the good fortune (or misfortune, depending on how you look at it) of following Rachael Davis. She blew me clean away in about 20 different ways. I think she's maybe 19. Maybe. She writes these songs about dreamers and drinkers and Mississippi . . . stuff that no 19 year old from the UP in Michigan thinks about, let alone writes poetic gems about. And her voice . . . like Billie Holiday and Allison Krauss had a love child. Check her out. She's wicked awesome."

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fan til the end, Great range, angelic voice.
the songs on this cd are very soul sounding, meaning they sound like they all come from the soul. I get lost listening to Ms. Davis Sing. the CD has its own power and strength. One of my favorites in my collection!

roy bean

really friggin' good!
this rachael davis woman demonstrates how comfortable she is in virtually any style of singing on this project...but so's norah jones. here's the kicker....she WRITES in every style, too. imagine that? a great singer of varied style that sings her own stuff. that is no easy feat, and bears testament to the simple facts...Rachael Davis is a rare talent and has done her homework.

erica messer

rockabilly baby!!!!
this is filled with so much strength and soul. Very powerful singing.


a true musician
I've been listening to Rachael for a few years now and I am still floored every time I hear her cd or see her live. She has more natural talent than anyone I've seen in a long time- her voice is so clear and powerful, you can't ignore it. This girl is going places, catch her now while you can :)

Minor 7th Webzine

With the opening tune of her debut CD, Rachael Davis establishes that she can swing. The lyrics introduce Davis' characteristic self-deprecating humor and the resiliency of the personae who inhabit her confessional world. Perhaps a one time rescuer has flown away with her rainbow but "who needs that stuff" when "love's got a lot of red tape", anyway? Frank Youngman's spare trumpet lines transport us to a smoky jazz café. The mysterious title, "Cocktail Wieners", reveals that this song, though tasty, is just one of many appetizers in the rich banquet of Minor League Deities. "Better Than Me", moves from combo to solo banjo by Davis who also demonstrates her vocal range, reminding us of Shawn Colvin as much as she channeled Rickie Lee Jones before. "Feste's Theme"--evoking Shakespeare's astute fool--centers on a startling image, a man on the way down with the wisdom to advise a woman taking love's leap, expecting to fly. By the fifth cut, the waltz "Dancin' Shoes", Davis has established her mastery of the wistful vocal and the bittersweet turn of phrase. But there's more. In "Lucinda" Davis is a bluesy belter, who plays a pretty mean slide guitar. "Still an Angel", a powerful acapella gospel duet with Davis' minor deity Claudia Schmidt, portrays a lover discovering "Maybe I'm still an angel, 'Cause I will never be your ghost." Brett Hartenbach's clean finger picking propels the tuneful "Eighth Lit Window." The "Only Stranger" of the penultimate cut is a dreamer who "keep(s) disappearing" but gathers strength by keeping "the faces on my mind / Of everyone who holds me on their shoulders." Maybe she'll "be back this way sometime..." In plaintive response, the final tune, "January," simply keeps asking "When will you be back?" We don't have to ask that question about Rachael Davis, because, if this CD is any indication, she has just arrived.


I had the great fortune of hearing Rachael sing at Duncan Hall in Lafayette, IN. She blew me away! Not only was her voice amazing, but she so adorable! The type of person you would want for a best friend. I came home and a few days later, purchased this CD, and I haven't been disappointed. While there's no substitute for hearing her in person, this CD is still amazing. Definitely one of my favorites. The lyrics, the music itself, her voice, it all comes together to create such a wonderful album. I am very very satisfied with this purchase:)

Olive Hunt

My favorite since we were kids!!!
I have known Rachael all my life and this cd sums it up. She is one of the most all around beautiful people I know with the voice of an angel. This album takes me away to a wonderful place each time I hear it. Love you Racheal!! Miss you!

Paul Mc Cartney

If This Is A Debut Album I Can't Wait To See What Comes Next
I stumbled across this site on the recommendation of a good friend George Martin who says he looks here on occasion to keep an ear to what is coming out. I must say Rachel is an amazing talent and well worth giving a listen to - thanks for having a site to allow music to be created and heard for it's own sake still.

Randy Jajich

She pretty much rocks my world.
Rachel, I saw her at the music festival years ago, and I am still in love with her music. I cant find her CD anywhere online! hurry up and become famous already, haha. You deserve it.


Un-Avoidable Hic-Cup of great music !!
I heard Cocktail Weiners getting some airtime on a local radio show and wanted to check out the whole cd. After previewing some songs on cdbaby, I was super-satisfied with the whole She-bang! There's great variety of genre as well as talent, both vocally and with the acoustic guitar. Minor League Dieties is the Unavoidable Hic-Cup I've been waiting to buy!!!
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