New Videos by Rachel Baiman, The Cactus Blossoms and Allison Pierce
Shame is the new album from twenty-seven year old Nashville Americana songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Baiman. Just out on Free Dirt Records, this is Baiman’s first album of original material and is a move away from her stripped-down work with progressive folk duo 10 String Symphony, with the new material featuring layered and varied instrumentation.
Supposedly inspired in equal parts by John Hartford and Courtney Barnett, the new material was produced by Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange) and recorded in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in three intensive days in the studio.
Here is a clip for one of the tracks, ‘I Could’ve Been Your Lover Too’:
The Cactus Blossoms
Brother duo The Cactus Blossoms (Jack Torrey and Page Burkum) specialise in tight harmonies and adherence to a traditional sound. Their acclaimed album is You’re Dreaming (via Red House Records) and below is a clip of their charming song ‘Stoplight Kisses’. Another one of the duo’s songs, ‘Mississippi’, features in the new cult series re-boot of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks (at the end of episode three).
The Cactus Blossoms have toured Europe and Australia, performed at Newport Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Stagecoach Fest and others and were featured by Rolling Stone Country, NPR Heavy Rotation, NPR All Things Considered, Folk Alley, Noisey, Garden & Gun, CMT, A Prairie Home Companion and more.
The solo debut of Allison Pierce is Year of the Rabbit, recently released via Sony Music Masterworks, which was produced by the acclaimed Ethan Johns (Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Paul McCartney).
Recorded in analog straight to magnetic tape, the album was mostly performed by Pierce and Johns at Hollywood recording studio Sunset Sound. The only outside contributors were Gabe Witcher (Punch Brothers) who supplied fiddle on two tracks, and legendary session player Greg Leisz, who played pedal steel on another.
Pierce’s solo career is underway after two decades with her sister in the acclaimed duo, The Pierces. Here is a clip for the song ‘Evidence’: