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Rainmaker

by Rainmaker

Strong songwriting, infectious grooves, family style vocal harmonies and feel good improv
Genre: Rock: Jam-band
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2. Stone Mountain Love
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3. Higher
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4. Song for Tomorrow
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5. Spare Change
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6. Sierra Madre
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7. Keep the Wheels on the Road
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8. Take Some Time
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9. So Long California
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Rainmaker is one of the tightest bands I've seen in ages. They are incredibly adept at mixing sophisticated jamming with tight arrangements and crowd-pleasing pop sensibilities. Rainmaker is a band worth paying attention to." -Jim Greer, Producer for Galactic

Rainmaker is quickly becoming one of the most talked about bands in the Bay Area's jam band scene. In their young careers, Rainmaker's members have performed and recorded with: Paul Simon, members of: String Cheese Incident, Garaj Mahal, ALO, and many others.

Rainmaker began when Berklee College of Music friends Jon Chi (guitarist/singer/songwriter) and John-Paul McLean (bassist/singer) made their way to California's Bay Area in 2003. Leaving behind their Boston folk-rock outfit The Blend, the two immediately began playing shows in the Bay Area as an acoustic duo. At nearly all shows, the two are mistaken for brothers, due somewhat to similar appearance, but more so to their seeming in-born musical connection during jams and a blending of vocals that can only be described as family harmony.

Chi and McLean, both producer/engineers, also began making their mark in the recording industry at In the Pocket Studio in Forestville, CA. The two have worked on records for an array of artists, including: Charlie Hunter, Galactic, New Monsoon, Bill Frisell, Jolie Holland, Vinyl, Bernie Worrell, Garaj Mahal, The Ex-Centric Sound System, and Samantha and the Ritual among others. Slowly but surely, being immersed in this melting pot of music began to influence the duo's writing, production, and musicianship. They began to mix elements of Americana, World Music, New Orleans Funk, Latin and Gypsy Jazz, and good old Rock and Roll in their compositions, all the while relying on their own unique chemistry to guide their creative choices.

In the midst of this creative stew, Chi and McLean met veteran Bay Area keyboard player Mike Emerson. Emerson shares a similar jones for genre bending and style hopping and the chemistry amongst the trio was immediate. Emerson's musical know-how (he has toured/performed with Melvin Seals, Zigaboo Modeliste, Bobby Vega, James Armstrong, Percy Sledge, and Daniel Castro to name a few) and interactive spirit immediately brought the music to another level and deepened the group mind.

Soon after, the trio began collaborating with drummer Ian "Inkx" Herman. Inkx has toured with Hamsa Lila and Paul Simon (among others) and has worked with artists such as Sting, Duran Duran, and Manfred Mann. The driving force of Inkx's drumming has been behind every recording that Rainmaker has made since their initial sessions together.

With a nucleus of creative and talented musicians, and an undeniable chemistry, Rainmaker is quickly compiling a catalog of compelling original material. Their sound is a mix of strong songwriting, inspired instrumental compositions and jams, and rich vocal harmonies. Their live shows are bolstered by choice cover tunes and standards, such as their take on Miles Davis' "So What", Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released", and a rollicking version of the Allman Brothers' "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed".


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bob diehl

good sounds, good stuff
I like the sounds these guys put together. This CD has everything from intricate guitar work and tight harmonies to jammin' organ and complex drum rhythms. Add in a lot of evocative California lyrics and you've got a pretty solid, listenable disc.

nancy reynolds

great listening, good variation, great musicians
i really enjoy this cd. there is such a variation in the songs. rainmaker musicians fit together well and they are great at what they do. i will pass it to all my friends. i will be anxiously waiting for your next cd. awesome listening. keep on rockin.

Kimberlee Anderson

TOTALLY WORTH EVERY PENNY!!
GREAT TUNES, KEEPS YOU ROCKIN IN A BLUESY ROCK SORT A WAY -SAW THEM LIVE LAST NIGHT IN SANTA ROSA AND LOVED IT!!! I CANNOT SAY ENOUGH AND I AM NOW THEIR NUMBER ONE GROUPIE!! GO SEE EM LIVE IF YOU GET A CHANCE - THIS BAND ROCKS AND WILL GET YOU UP ON YOUR FEET!!

Diane


These guys blister the paint off the walls! Each is a gifted artist. Beautiful music, beautiful voices, beautiful sonds and beautiful fun! If you want to feel good, see them live or listen!!

Diane


Worth it's weight in gold! Super Jordan Feinstein is on keys now and he is a lightning bolt! Mesmerizing! Don't miss this!!

Allison Bragard

This rocks! I can't stop listening..
I can't take this out of my cd player, it seems to be the perfect music for whatever time...and it just makes me feel good to listen to it. I love the mix of jams and songs on this album, and everyone that i turn onto it loves it as well.