Photo by Jess Varda
Rachel Brooke, Dead Man String Band
Southgate House Revival, 111 E 6th St, Newport, KY
8pm doors, 9pm show, Buy Tickets
Michigan’s Rachel Brooke might just be one of the best kept secrets in country music. Growing up performing in the family bluegrass band, as well as women-fronted punk bands, Rachel Brooke’s honesty, authenticity and DIY work ethic has earned her the title of “The Queen of Underground Country”
Brooke’s voice lands somewhere between Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette, with an authenticity and directness that catches the ear like the truth of an unexpected confession or hard-won revelation…It’s the deep combination of country bluegrass meeting gothic blues sung through a sage’s smile that Brooke has been perfecting since her first self-titled release in 2008.
Her newest critically acclaimed album, The Loneliness In Me (2020), has recently been featured in major media outlets like CMT, Parade, Glide, and Cowboys and Indians, and has garnered the attention from Nashville big-wigs to cutting edge roots-festivals and DIY folk fans alike.
Brooke wants clearly to walk a line between the past and present. She does just that with her high-caliber musicianship which, while not chained by tradition, is unabashed by her indebtedness to the poetic souls of the past.