MOJO: FOUR STARS: "Beguiling"
Performing Songwriter, Staff Pick: "will steak your heart"
"enthralling stories ... adorned in old-timey acoustic arrangements ... a classic American album." FOUR STARS! ~Maverick
"connecting with the ghosts of American folk music" ~Americana UK
"like the young Emmylou' ~Utne Reader
"FOUR STARS!" ~ The Irish Times
"the singer-songwriter who is captivating the hearts of Britain and Europe ... an ancient resonance combined wit a modern feel" ~Country Music People
FOUR STARS "Scary bluegrass ... Gothic tracks on an inspiringly original album ... Q recommends!" ~Q
"Rachel's blessed with a really attractive (and suitably ballsy) voice and ... totally convinces with the sheer directness and clarity of her lyrical expression and ... the pure unadorned beauty and gritty confidence of her vocal tone ... an abundantly fine new set from this enchanting chanteuse." ~NetRhythms
9/10 STARS! "... as good an example of traditional Americana as you’ll find anywhere ... a great storyteller ...It’s been a good year for Americana already, and Harrington has just made it a lot better." ~CrackerJack
"FOUR STARS!" ~ The London Sun
"'City Of Refuge' - dips even deeper into Americana's bulging burlap sack and emerges with some arcane, but wonderfully fatalistic treasures which are all well worth coveting." ~Whisperin & Hollerin
Reared among the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, Rachel Harrington has been doing things in the wrong order for quite some time. She'd had extensive radio play before performing her live show, and she was opening for Grammy winners and nominees before releasing her first record.
Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed 2007 debut, The Bootlegger's Daughter, Harrington released City of Refuge. Her backing band on the album includes Tim O'Brien on fiddle and Pieta Brown on backing vocals.
Peopled with characters seeking respite, escape or salvation, City of Refuge farms personal and mythical stories from the American West, including tales inspired by the memoirs of prostitutes during the Alaska Gold Rush, the cantankerous Harry Truman of Mt. St. Helens, and short story writer (and fellow Oregonian) Raymond Carver. The album was produced by Evan Brubaker and mixed by David Ferguson (Johnny Cash's American Recordings III & IV). Several tracks from City of Refuge were selected for in-store airplay by Starbucks.
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