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The Bootlegger's Daughter

Rachel HarringtonAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 15, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Skinny Dennis Records
  • ASIN: B000ODU72Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sunshine Girl
2. Shoeless Joe
3. Blow-The Ballad of Bill Miner
4. Up the River
5. Halloween Leaves
6. Walk to You
7. Louis Collins
8. Summer's Gone
9. Farther Along

Editorial Reviews

Rachel Harrington's critically acclaimed debut from 2007. The BBC's legendary Bob Harris heralded The Bootlegger's Daughter as 'absolutely enchanted ... a contender for album of the year!'

Bootlegger's Daughter made it onto the following lists for 2007:
Top 30 Best Seller for 2007, Miles of Music
#31 Best of 2007, No Depression readers poll
#73 - Most played songs of 2007 on US folk radio, based on 162420 airplays from 197 different DJs
#2 Best Debut of 2007: Third Coast Music
Top 10 of 2007, FolkRoots (CBC)
#9, Best of 2007, John Sincock - DJ, KBCS
#1, Best of 2007, Francois Braeken - music critic, RootsVille
#5, Best of 2007, Nico Druijf, Euro-Americana DJ
Best releases of 2007, Tom Funk, DJ, KGLP

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate record January 29, 2011
By Rattler
Format:Audio CD
When you try to name the songs that stand out in an album and can't help but come up with more than half of them, then it's obvious you've fallen in love with it. So I freely admit I may not be objective here. I was alerted to this artist by a friend who urged me to check out Rachel's video "Summer's Gone" on Youtube and I was immediately taken in. Go there if you want an idea of what she sounds like.

Rachel Harrington's music is firmly within the folk-country-bluegrass spectrum without pulling your auditory nerves into uncharted territory, but what makes her special is an exceptionally beautiful voice as well as songwriting skills clearly above the genre's average. My humble opinion is that this young lady has Gillian Welch potential. How much she is already appreciated by musicians is shown by the line-up of studio cracks (including Marty Muse, Zak Borden, and Danny Barnes among others) who give this album it's distinctive sound.

Aside from the already mentioned track you should check out on Youtube, I was particularly impressed by the album's opener "Sunshine Girl" (a gentle waltz that sets the atmosphere), "The Ballad of Bill Miner" (an uptempo railroad song with a wonderfully plaintive chorus), "Up the River" (an murder ballad written by Laura Veirs, put here to eerie effect with acoustic guitar and electrified dobro as only accompaniment), "Walk to You" (toward the country end of Rachel's spectrum), and "Louis Collins" (a hauntingly beautiful and simple Mississippi John Hurt cover).

This album hasn't gotten a single review here after more than 3 years on the market? Have we got an undiscovered gem on our hands? Five stars - easy! Rachel Harrington's future should look very bright.
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