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Rita Hosking | Where the Grassroots Grow

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Where the Grassroots Grow

by Rita Hosking

"Authentic American folk music to stir the soul," --No Depression
Genre: Folk: Political Folk
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Where the Grassroots Grow is dedicated to Beth Brown Boettner, who started the Austin TX Recycling program, and was a cherished community activist. Encouraged by her supporters to run for office, Beth refused, but noted that someday, she hoped to be "the old lady in tennis shoes who gets things done." Because Beth died in her mid 40's, she didn't become an "old lady", but she did leave an empowering legacy behind her.

This song, written by Rita Hosking, was engineered, mixed and mastered by Rich Brotherton at Ace Recording in Austin, Texas. Players include Hosking on guitar/lead vocals, Brotherton on guitar/harmony vocals, Glenn Fukunaga on upright bass, Dony Wynn on drums, Sean Feder on dobro, and Kora Feder on harmony vocals.

Cover photo by Scott Newton of Austin, TX.

Many thanks to Beth’s cousin, Carolyn Langenkamp.

More info on Rita Hosking:

“In scorching form” (UK Telegraph), Northern California’s own Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class and hope. From major CA music festivals to Bob Harris’s BBC show, Rita is moving audiences around the globe with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice, “a captivating performer,” (R2 Magazine.)

Rita’s style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. "Rita Hosking held our audience spellbound with music that was thoughtful, intelligent & authentic," (Rob Poole, Kansas presenter.)

Honors include winner of the '08 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the '09 Telluride Troubadour Contest, and more. "This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family's frontier experience," (Dan Ruby, FestivalPreview.com) and Rita’s fans call her “the real deal.” A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the voice.

Rita began recording and publishing in 2005 with Are You Ready?, and followed in 2007 with Silver Stream. Come Sunrise, Rita's 2009 record, won Best Country Album Vox Pop in the 2010 Independent Music Awards. Burn, from 2011, was placed in the top 10 "Young Female Artist releases for 2011" by No Depression magazine, and listed as a "Hidden Gem of 2011" by the UK's Observer. Both Come Sunrise and Burn were produced by Rich Brotherton--producer, engineer, and guitar player in the Robert Earl Keen Band.
Rich's studio in Austin, Texas, Ace Recording, is where Rita recorded her most recent album as well. The Daily Mirror characterizes Little Boat, her 2013 release, as a “short, but oh so sweet, lean and lovely set of seven songs introducing this Californian’s clawhammer banjo playing daughter, Kora Feder, 18, who is blessed with mum’s unerring delicacy of touch.” The UK Telegraph listed Little Boat as one of the “Top 10 Country Albums of 2013.” A new, concept album is in the process, to be released in fall of 2015.

In live performance, Rita will play solo but most often appears as a duo with her husband Sean Feder on dobro, banjo and percussion. Sean’s eclectic, multi-instrumental history includes over 10 years as a percussion performer/teacher, collaborating with the likes of Arthur Hull and Joe Craven. He soon expanded early string and rhythm training into dobro and banjo, which lend themselves well to Rita’s songs.

A performer with rural Western roots, astute observations, and absolute sincerity, Rita Hosking and company will deliver “Authentic American folk music to stir the soul.” (No Depression.)



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