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Cleveland's Rachel Brown takes on life with a soaring voice, audacious musicality- Holly Gleason

...It's not because the day has won, but more because of how much music means to the fiery flame-tressed vocalist/pianist/songwriter/band leader. Looking at the lanky Texan, she whispers, "It's all just so good."...

 

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No Depression (more than polka)

Look Who's Back Is More Than A Polka Dot Dress- No Depression

...Special guests included the lovely Emma Shook from the Cleveland Orchestra adding some twangy violin and backing vocals from local blues artist Becky Boyd. With the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, ten of the twelve new tracks on Look Who’s Back come after a lifetime of paying dues on a church piano bench, in nightclubs and opening for touring artists on concert stages..

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The Rustbelt chronicles

...Rachel Brown’s new release of Look Who’s Back features nine original tracks from Brown. However, the release also finds Brown recreating two songs from other writers. The two tracks, Robert Kidney’s “No Lock, No Key” and “Whiskey, You Win” from Nathan Bell show off Rachel Brown’s ability to take someone else’s song and make it her own..

 

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Rustbelt Chronicles (Look Who's Back)

  Musician Alex Bevan, pictured with his dog, Tilly, at his Madison home in August 2012

Musician Alex Bevan, pictured with his dog, Tilly, at his Madison home in August 2012

Alex Bevan and Rachel Brown: 2 of Cleveland's best storytelling singers unite for a songwriters night- Cleveland Plain Dealer

..Not so with this format, and in this venue, where the focus is on quiet attention.
“My guys and I, we play well in that kind of situation,’’ Brown said. “We’re almost like classical players in that sense.
“We’re watching each other, even when we’re breathing,’’ she said. “We’re responding off each other that closely, and when we’re playing like that, we want the audience to feel that way..

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Band of the Week: Rachel Brown & the Beatnik Playboys - scene Magazine

 ..Her new album, Look Who's Back, represents her third album with her backing band, the Beatnik Playboys. The band came together after Brown had taken a hiatus from performing. "I got tired of playing country covers and it made me hate playing music," she says. "I made a home studio and wrote for my own enjoyment." She and Watson began working on original material together and eventually started playing coffeehouses..

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Rachel Brown's music dream turned out to be a bonus for the Beatnik Playboys frontwoman's middle school students - Cleveland Plain Dealer (Local Beat)

 

..the fiery redhead with the sometimes sultry, sometimes country, sometimes bluesy, sometimes rocking and always engaging voice, had a plan.
“I graduated from high school a year early to be a professional musician and songwriter,’’ said the woman behind Rachel Brown & the Beatnik Playboys and Hillbilly Idol. “That was my dream from a very young age..’’

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10 Bands to Watch in 2014 - Scene Magazine

..Brown has been singing since she was 10 and that experience comes through loud and clear on this terrific CD which would hold its own going up against any big-budget production out of Nashville..

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CD Review: Rachel Brown “Just Look My Way” - Matheson's Entertainment Blog

..Brown has been heavily influenced by the style of Country music that was being created before the Rock ‘n’ Roll style became such a big part of the music that is called Country music today. “Peace in the Valley” is a track that sounds like it would have been recorded many years ago by someone like Dolly Parton. The playing style of Rachel Brown on the piano, matched with steel guitar from Al Moss, gives the track its “old-fashioned” feeling..

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