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Now Hear This: the stragglers

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Today we get to listen to some tunes from up north. Way up north. the stragglers is a Canadian band formed by Mark (Vocals), Frazer (Guitar), Grant (Guitar), Eric (Bass), and Brenden (Drums). Claiming to be “Not punk enough since 2010″, the stragglers bring a feel to music that makes you want to jump in with them. Listening to their tracks you can definitely tell that they are friends enjoying hanging out, and making good music just happens. Take a listen and read what they had to say to me. 


Furies Magazine: How did the stragglers begin?

the stragglers: The stragglers began when Mark sang ‘Hey Man, Nice Shot’ by Filter on Rockband at Frazer’s house. Frazer was taking a program at college called Music Industry Arts and needed to record a song for his final project. He asked Mark to write the vocals and the first song, These Arms are Yours, of their EP was written.

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FM: Who is the bands biggest inspiration?

ts: Everyone has their own individual favorites  We’ve always wanted to cover The Decline by Nofx, Eric learned to play bass by listening to Rancid, and Mark and Frazer have Alkaline Trio and the Flatliners tattoos, respectively.

FM: Have any band traditions?

ts: Yes. We drink. At shows and at band practice. Practice makes perfect.

FM: Where does the music come from?

ts: It’s usually 50/50. Either the vocals will come first, i.e. The Things I Know or the guitar part, i.e. A Sad Song (Not at All).

Frazer and Mark

FM: What is your favorite track?

ts: Well we always play Sad Song and You Owe Me but we have a new song coming out on our next 6 song album called Mad Men that is definitely a collective favourite. There’s a youtube video of us playing it live somewhere when we opened for No Use For a Name. 

FM: Most memorable performance?

ts: Probably when we opened for the Riverboat Gamblers (Austin, TX). But mainly because they gave us a couple shout outs, let us pick the encore song and pulled Mark on stage to sing with them.

@ Pouzza Fest, Montreal 2012

FM: Does anyone have any “professional” training?

ts: Just private lessons growing up.

FM: Does anyone have a Tattoo?

ts: Yes, all of us.

FM:Have you ever wanted to do a stage dive? Had the opportunity?

ts: No, but when we do we will do it for you guys. Thank you so much for taking the time to get to know us.

FM: What is next?

ts: We are playing KOI Music Festival on September 14th, 2013 in Kitchener, Ontario.




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Now Hear This: Cory Kilpatrick

You know we’re not afraid to try something new. Today we’re bringing you the music of Cory Kilpatrick. It’s got a bit of a 90′s grunge feel with a tiny bit of something trippy. It’s very mellow, very cool. And you know we liked it or we wouldn’t be sharing it. So, listen in while you read on…

a0705030967_2Furies Magazine: How did you get your start in music? 

Cory Kilpatrick: I played first and second chair cello in the orchestra and sang in the choir at school. I also found a guitar at my parents house when I was 16, picked up on it pretty quick, and I’ve been playing and writing music ever since. I started writing electronic music when I heard the album Hello Everything by Squarepusher. After I heard that album, I had to write electronic music. That album completely blew my mind at the time. Now, I try to blend electronic with both acoustic and electric instruments. 

FM: Where does the music come from? 

CK: I’m not really sure. Like most musicians, hearing someone else’s music can help with developing concepts or ideas for songs. I think mostly the electronic stuff comes from a kind of zen state. I fall into a trance when I write. I use some music theory but mostly it’s just whatever happens happens. Sometimes I have a structural idea or a concept but a majority of the time it’s more experimental than anything. 

FM: Who is your favorite artist, or your favorite group?

CK: I love all kinds of indie music. I couldn’t name a favorite. 


FM: What is your most memorable performance? 

CK: I played at a small festival on a lake in 2007. The weather was perfect and something about the stage sound stuck in my mind.  

FM: What’s next?

CK: I’m currently working on a new album that should be out soon. 

You can find more of Cory’s music on bandcamp and soundcloud. If you enjoy listening to it, go like his facebook page to show your support.

Now Hear This: Herschel Garrison

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Today I get the pleasure of bringing to you an artist who moved local from Saint Louis. Herschel Garrison combines natural talent with education. The flow of his rapping is unique, smooth, and can draw you into his thoughts. Take a listen to him here, or on SoundCloud and see what he has to say:


Furies Magazine: How did you start in music? 

Herschel Garrison: It’s funny I actually started in music as an act of revenge. I was moving from St. Louis to Nashville, TN and a buddy of mine was starting a band. I wanted to be in that band so bad and he asked if I could play an instrument and I was all “No” So he was all “No, You can’t be in my band”. I was so jealous that I got up and decided that I was going to start a band and be better than him haha. I never started that band but I learned how to play guitar and started writing songs that’s when I realized that music was a deep part of my life. 

FM: Where does the music come from? 

HG: The music comes from a lot of frustration built up inside. I know that sounds pretty emo but it’s true. I love to tell stories and to interpret my life in different forms. Sometimes I’ll tell a story about someone else or something else and really talk about myself. A lot of my music stems from the position I’m in in my life at the moment. It’s just a reflection of my thoughts a feelings.

FM: Who is your favorite artist, or your favorite group?

HG: Man. That’s a hard one. There’s so many to choose from. I’m a huge fan of people like Common, Rizzle Kicks, Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, and Tupac Shakur. It’s not just rap that I’m influenced by believe it or not a year ago the last thing I wanted to be was a rapper. I loved to play guitar and rock and I wanted to be the next Lenny Kravitz he was my absolute idol for a while. I love listening to bands like Five for Fighting, The Killers, Coheed and Cambria, and The Temper Trap. It’s just a huge selection to choose from.

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FM: So what’s next? 

HG: The Grammys Biatch! Haha no I’m just moving where the music takes me. Living in Nashville is definitely the place to be and I’m just in search of whatever opportunity presents itself. Hopefully I can go on tour and start performing a lot more and getting some dope music out and some buzz going. I recently released a mixtape called. Rest Assured. I’ve been working on it for a year and I believe that it’s a different take on how rap is viewed and interpreted. I’m also working on a few music videos for some songs from the mixtape and I’m about to release a new single called Through the Bends. I did a collaboration with a buddy of mine J-93. He’s a dope producer from California. He just brings crazy old school soul beats to the table. I’m just in love with his music and together we cook up some crazy stuff. 

FM: What is your most memorable performance? 

HG: My most memorable performance was at a local venue called the end. A buddy of mine Ben Flanders, Lead man of the Ben Flander’s project asked me to sing a cover of little wing by Jimi Hendrix and we just demolished the crowd. Afterwards I went and hung out with some friends and got super duper drunk. 

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FM: What would you rather be attacked by, a vampire or zombies? 

HG: Vampires all the way. It’d be way more thrilling because they’re harder to kill. Zombies are slow and I have too much time to react then I have to ration food and board up my house. Screw that… Ain’t nobody got time for that! I’d much rather die doing something exciting and crazy.

FM: Do you have any  “Show Traditions”?

HG: Before every show I like to panic. I get really nervous literally 5 minutes before I go on but once I get on stage I become a different person and life just seems simple there are no complications. All that matters is the song that I’m singing and the crowd that are listening. 

FM: Do you have any tattoos?

HG: Sadly no, I would love to get a bunch though. Hopefully soon. 


So there he is. Herschel Garrison. He has passion for music, and the talent to back it up. Check him out on facebook or see what he has to say on twitter. He may have come to Nashville for music, but I’m sure we can get some ink on him!

. . . . once I get on stage I become a different person and life just seems simple there are no complications.

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Now Hear This: Red Measure

RandallRedMeasurePortFrom Nashville Tennessee I bring to you a story of a guy. A guy with a dream. You may be asking yourself what that dream is, but for those who read Furies regularly you already know by now. He has a dream of making music. I took a listen to Red Measure and I must admit, I liked it. I caught up with the creator and front man of Red Measure (Randall) and threw some tricky questions his way. Take a look and have a listen:


Furies Magazine: Who does what?

Red Measure: Well the un-short answer is that this project started with me in my apartment writing songs until I figured out what exactly I wanted to do, which ended up being Red Measure. In the case of this project it’s always been my personal creative pursuit, and the process in that pursuit is a solitary one. However, there’s always been a live band in some form (the original lineup was together for a couple of years). Other people have also been involved in various degrees when it came to recording. There are definitely a couple key people I’ve worked with and continue to work with who play a really important role in the process. I’ve been lucky enough to work with really incredible people. 

The current live band has Nathan on the bass and Sofia on drums, and I play guitar and sing. 


FM: How did the current live band come together?

RM: The old fashioned way – Craigslist. That’s how it’s always been done right? Wait. That’s wrong, but also right. I’d just moved to Nashville a few months back looking to put together a new line-up for shows. I went through a heaping portion of some very interesting characters, as well as some very cool musicians, who just didn’t work out due to bad timing or schedule conflicts. But I ended up meeting Sofia and then Nathan came along just a few days before our first show in Nashville. We’ve been playing shows together since.

FM: Where does the music come from?

RM: I’m not completely sure. I’ve always loved rock music of the darker variety. That’s what I’ve always been drawn to – whether it’s a pop oriented song or flat out weirdness. 

When it comes to writing lyrics I usually have to sit down and figure out what the hell it means after I write it. It always makes sense in a vaguely familiar way when it’s going down on paper, but it’s not always clear what the full meaning is behind them until I sit with them for a bit. I usually know that the words are keepers when they start to just fall out onto the page, but part of it for me is figuring out what exactly I’m talking about. So it comes from somewhere. But these definitely aren’t a bunch of love songs. Nothing against it, but I don’t have the urge to write about that. And I also don’t have the urge to pine for my youth as a lot of bands like to do these days. That doesn’t interest me. I’m more interested in dealing with other issues we encounter in life.

FM: Favorite artist/group?

RM: There’s a bunch of really cool shit out there. In terms of music, it’s always hard to say because there are so many bands who have had an impact on me. Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of PJ Harvey’s Peel Sessions and a good bit of this band called Enon. 

FM: What’s next?

RM: I just recorded a couple new songs. One with the full band and one on my own. That’ll probably be released in some form in the near future. Otherwise, I’ll be recording a bunch of new material this summer which I’m hoping to release as a full-length. 

FM: Death by Whale, or Zombie?

RM: Definitely a whale. Zombies are getting to be too boring to be a threat. We already have The Walking Dead, and I think there are still to be anywhere from 4 to 13 zombie movies (one even has Brad Pitt in it – what the fuck!) coming out this year. I’m just not worried about the undead at this point. And while we’re on the subject, Shawn of the Dead is arguably still the best zombie movie ever made. So there is that. Also, whales are huge. I’d at least like to go out against a formidable opponent.

FM: Any Band traditions?

RM: Not yet, but I’m looking into it. 

FM: Do you have any tattoos?

RM: I have a couple. I like tattoos that serve as a personal reminder of things other than my address or ICE contact. So mine serve that purpose for me in the life philosophy department. I can always use the help I guess.


If you like what you heard check out more from Red Measure on the web.


Now Hear This: Blizz

If you like to Rock and if you like to Roll, then you will Love this. Hailing from Hendersonville, Tennessee the twenty-somethings Nick Southgate (song writer, vocals & guitar), Zack Clendenen (drums), Derrick Harding (bass), and The Great Jackson Stroud  (lead guitar) pool all their talent into Blizz.

Their music has a raw and energetic quality that melds to your taste. If you like Sick Puppies and Metallica, or even Daughtry and the Eagles then Blizz is perfect for you. The lyrics are real, and the music has emotion. I caught up with the bunch at a non-existent location (i.e. cyber-space … OooOoOooo) to find out more.


Furies Magazine: How did Blizz begin?

Blizz: Nick and Zack made the band in high school after high school the lead guitarist moved, that made them find Derek the bass player and Jackson the lead guitarist and now getting produced by 3 doors down.

FM: Most memorable performance?

B: Got to say hard rock battle of the bands of August 6th, 2012 when we won.

FM: Biggest Inspirations/idols?

B: 3 doors down, breaking Benjamin.

FM: Zombies or Vampires?

B: Zombies for sure

FM: Where does the Music come from?

B: The emotions of our life are in our music.

FM: Anyone have professional training?

B: Jackson’s dad played with the country band Alabama which his dad taught him how to play guitar. Also 3 doors down and 38 Special teach the band.

FM: Who has a Tattoo?

B: Zack has one big tattoo on his arm.

FM: Favorite lyric on a Blizz track?

B: “I think a habit is all that we’re made of.”

FM: Ever smash/Destroy and Instrument on stage?

B: No

FM: Want to?

B: Sure, when the time is right.

FM: Any band traditions?

B: We like to pray before we go on.

FM: Whats Next?

B: Getting the CD done. Then getting on Rock radio stations. Then opening up with a band.


If you want to know more about Blizz check out the Blizz Nation.

“I think a Habit is all that we’re made of.”


Now Hear This: The Prophet Nathan

The Prohpet Nathan - Mark Galup“Now Hear This!” is a great statement I like to make. I find it especially useful when I come across musicians that you normally wouldn’t come across. Just recently I had a group come across my desk that made me stop. From the band name to the song titles I was curious, so naturally I cranked up the volume. Today we feature the musical talents of  Charlie and James, The Prophet Nathan.

This interview took a quick dip into memorable due to the quick wit and smart-ass nature of all parties involved. I had some questions, some may be simple and others the hard-hitting questions that belong on CNN, but these guys never let me get them down. Quoting James, “As you know by listening to our music, our message isn’t a typical one. It is for this reason that we are going to take the Zappa approach to our Q&A if that is alright.” 

Well it is beyond alright. Here is what I found out.


Furies Magazine: Who does what?

The Prophet Nathan: Charlie manipulates the tension of tightened calf skin in order to produce patterns of noise that alternate between rhythm and chaos. James alters the length of oscillating wound steel for the purpose of amplifying the vibration using a vacuum tube amplification source. He also uses his diaphragm to force air through his larynx, while manipulating pitch and volume as he simultaneously recites slightly sarcastic commentary about everyday idiosyncrasies.

FM: What happened in the beginning?

TPN: The two of us initially intersected by way of the underground music mogul  and founder of genre defining acts such as party trash, police academy 6, and clearing, Joe V. (Joe V’s last name is omitted to protect his true identity). We then began playing on a much more consistent basis, eventually leading to the formal creation of The Prophet Nathan. We started out as a completely instrumental and mostly improvised musical act, but have since refocused our energy to create a slightly different live music experience. 

FM: Where does the music come from?

TPN: It could be said that the music comes from an idea, caused by a short lifetime made of experiences combined with influences of varying physical and emotional importance.

This inspiration, could possibly cause a chemical reaction in the brain leading to the body’s subsequent physical manifestation of the impulse, by way of force applied to devices created for the production of sound that, may or may not be described as aurally pleasing. This depends largely on the ability of the listening party to relate to the message that is being conveyed in the literal or abstract meaning and/or presentation of the music. In this sense, The Prophet Nathan has been less of a “band” and more of an exploration into the appropriation of occult imagery in privileged urban subcultures.

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FM: Any Favorite artist(s)/group(s)?

TPN: It is simply impossible for us to choose a favorite artist or group. Instead we will provide a list of musical influences in reverse alphabetical order.

  1. Xiu Xiu
  2. Wu Tang Clan
  3. Wolves in the Throne Room

*due to the extreme length of this response I will be cutting the bulk of it out. My attention span isn’t what it used to be.

  1. Aesop Rock
  2. Above and Beyond
  3. A Tribe Called Quest

FM: What’s next?

TPN: We are currently in the process of completing our next EP, Secret Teachings, and are planning on releasing that, as well as a split with our favorite Nashville band, Gnarwhal, in 2013. If you haven’t heard of Gnarwhal, do yourself a favor and get your brain annihilated by some of the most interesting and innovative rock music that is being created in Nashville and arguably the world. We are also currently planning a tour this spring/summer in support of the release of these two records.

FM: Any band traditions?

TPN: The Cookie Communion, though rare in its full pomp and circumstance, has become one of our most cherished and beloved traditions. The Cookie Communion brings together the finest baked goods from our local friendly neighborhood Kroger and all of our dear friends. We each consume equal part cookie and music in an unforgettable and sacred ceremony. This ceremony is usually immediately followed by a performance of West Side Story, in which Charlie plays every character except The Sharks, which are played by James, and is set to The Prophet Nathan’s music instead of Soundheim and Bernstein’s. Everyday can be a Cookie Communion as long as you share a cookie with your friends. Please pick up delicious cookies and other baked delights at your local Kroger grocery store. Kroger, its only real competition is Publix anyway. 

FM: Most memorable performance?

TPN: THE performance that sticks out in our memory of performances past is, without a doubt, the performance of a simultaneous set with the legendary aforementioned Nashville duo, Gnarwhal.

This particular set was unlike any other in the history of The Prophet Nathan, for not only were we going to perform two cover songs, but we were also going to be playing all of this music with our favorite band, in the same room, at the same time. In fact, when the authorities heard about what was taking place they realized the sheer amount of shred that was going to occur would jeopardize the safety of everyone within a 1.5 mile radius. However, when the police arrived and witnessed the magnificence of the double set they were said to drop to their knees and say things like  “this is bringing the world closer together” and “this must be the sounds of the Angles of Murfreesboro” (the myth of the angels of Murfreesboro has since been dismissed and explained as a gas leak that was causing residents of the east side of the city to hallucinate for a period of time spanning from the summer of 2000 until the Winter of 2012). Also, this show really didn’t get shut down before we got to play and we are being super serious. The show actually went on and the cops came inside and we all took part in the cookie communion.

FM: Have you ever smashed or destroyed an instrument on stage? Ever want to?

TPN: Neither of us have ever intentionally destroyed an instrument on stage and do not advocate the public destruction of a musical instrument. It is hard for us to contemplate the destruction of such a personal token for two reasons. 

1. Instruments grant us the ability to manifest intangible thoughts into a physical reality, so should therefore be respected and protected by all means,


2. We don’t have enough money to buy another one if we break the one we have.

The destruction of an instrument isn’t a radical act. The creation of an instrument is a radical act.

FM: Who has a tattoo…

TPN: We are both heavily tattooed, however, the majority of our tattoos are covered by our clothing.

BUT because we believe in the entrepreneurial spirit, you can purchase a viewing of our tattoos at one of our shows for the reasonable price of 5$.


I will say The Prophet Nathan is different, but where would your refined musical palate be without different. 

Considering that you enjoyed these guys as much as I have, check them out on Facebook or just go to their website.

Remember the wisdom from The Prophet Nathan,The destruction of an instrument isn’t a radical act. The creation of an instrument is a radical act.”

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Now Hear This: The Al Holbrook Band

Al HolbrookWelcome to the first of many great local musical features in 2013. It is my pleasure to bring the sounds of The Al Holbrook Band to your ears today. Blending the old ways with some soulful lyrics, this music makes you want to groove. The lyrics are poetic and they make you feel like you’re a part of the sound. The rhythm and instrumentals will move you to goosebumps. I wanted to know about the soul behind the poetry, so I asked. Have a look.

Check out the tracks from Dirt Road while you read.


Furies Magazine: Where did the music start? 

Al Holbrook: Good question. I suppose It’s always been there, like an imaginary friend whispering melodies in the silence. The current vibe was just birthed out of life, love and everything in between.

FM: How long have you been at it?

 AH: Been involved in music it seems like forever, always tweaking truncating, evolving the groove.

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FM: Who does what? 

AH: The Al Holbrook Band is Nikki Reitz (Cello) Sofia Goodman (Drummer) Colt Williams (Guitar) Ashleigh Wilson (Vocals) Patrick Mosser (Saxophone) And your’s truly on anything with keys and vocals

FM: What is  your most memorable performance? 

AH: It’s funny, but I live for the next performance, each and every one is a new experience and unique in its own right.

FM: What was your first instrument? 

AH: Trumpet. I remember being like 8 years old an my father coming home with this horn saying, boy put your coat on, you’re going for trumpet lessons. Ended up getting my first lesson from PeeWee (Ohio Players Trumpet player.)

FM: What is your favorite lyric from your music?

 AH: “Got a fifth of tequila a fine Senorita who likes to pop pills and drink strong Margaritas” From: Fly on the wall-Dirt Road

FM: Who is your idol?

AH: I admire several musicians for their creativity and cajones for always staying true to their artistic visions. Miles Davis, Muddy Waters, Tom Waits to name a few.

FM: Where does the music come from? 

AH: That’s a loaded question. But it’s as simple as from the heart, to as complex as from every experience, subtle breeze, the past present and future – to a random conversation on Broadway and 2nd. Man the music is everywhere. It’s easy to create when you listen.


FM: Any Tattoos? 

AH: I have an eye in the pyramid. Had it for a while, contemplating the next piece, maybe an original musical composition on my left arm soon.

FM: Why music? 

AH: I can create musically what I see and visualize in my head. If I could do the same with art I’d probably be an Artist following in the footsteps of Dali.

FM: What’s next? 

AH: Just taking it one step at a time. In the studio currently working on a project titled Blue Notes and Black lights. Just honing the sound and looking to give people a taste of something familiar yet different for their auditory pleasure.


If you are interested in more from The Al Holbrook Band check them out on Facebook. You can also purchase the album Dirt Road  on iTunes.

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Now Hear This: Rachel Crocker

Introductions first, I am Rachel Anson, a new contributor and happy to be apart of Furies Magazine. I used to be a band promoter years and years back, and wanted to write for Furies to continue my experience in writing music reviews. I am also the head designer for Retro Modern, as well as being a mother of soon to be a one-year-old. I like to stay busy, like you couldn’t tell?!

Now on to Rachel Crocker, a truly unique artist which I had the pleasure of interviewing for my first feature.

Rachel Crocker is an up and coming indie artist in Paris, France. Her music is very fun and upbeat, and it’s so unique because, according to her she rarely does any covers. Behind the music Rachel is a photographer, studied anthropology, and has a full life!

Furies Magazine: How did you get started?

Rachel Crocker: I started playing ukulele about 2 and half years ago. It seemed like the natural progression for me. I had been taking photos for 6 years or more, but I had become increasingly more interested in sound. Once I started playing I found that it actually suited me for expression and kind of became an obsession.

FM: You mentioned you are an American in Paris, why did you move to Paris?

RC: Initially, I moved to Paris to study at sciences po. I studied anthropology and more specifically primates. Now, I am working and preparing for the tour in January.

FM: Previously you said, “I had been taking photos for 6 years or more” are you into photography as well?

RC: Yes, I love images in all forms: moving or still. To be honest, it is mostly because of money that I do not take many photos anymore. I shoot with film so it is a pricey endeavor.


FM: Do you ever play any covers, or do you have a set play list?

RC: No, not really. I will occasionally play a cover if a friend asks, but generally all the songs I play are my own.

FM: Where does your influence for music come from?

RC: I am influenced mainly by my friends. I have recently started experiment with loop pedals because of my friend Andrew Levi Hiller (wizards of time). He basically creates an orchestra on his own. Aside from that, the flagstaff music scene has greatly influenced me. My friend Austin Jackson currently playing in a band called Dragons in Flagstaff, has always made an impact, not only with music, but with others parts of life as well. I guess I am influenced by everything and everyone that makes a dent.

FM: How is music different in France than it is in America?

RC: That is a good question! I have not been able to put my finger on it, but at times I do feel more liberty playing in France than in the USA. However, I think I am more inspired by my musician friends in the states.

FM: Where are you planning on touring?

RC: We are leaving on the 24th of January and we will be touring around France and one city in Spain. I decided a few months ago with a good friend of mine, Gordy, to tour so I booked it and now we are off!

FM: What genre do you consider your music to be?

RC: I guess my music is experimental folk indie something, I am not sure.

FM: What’s your ultimate direction? Where would you like to go with your music?

RC: I guess I’d like to play music until I can’t anymore. I’d like to tour as much as possible and meet other musicians that are surely hiding out somewhere. I really believe in and enjoy sharing all types of art.

FM: Any news for your fans?

RC: Tour, January 24th! Album, as soon as I can finish but before the 24th as well!

FM: Do you have a website?

RC: I don’t have a website but I will in a few days! Here is Le tour de France event page on Facebook. (link below)

To learn more about Rachel’s music you can check out her event pageand her music is on her Youtube channel, ooh la la!


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