TICKETS: See Rachel Ries at Greystones on Tuesday, March 15 - visit www.mygreystones.co.uk. Full tour details and venue links below.
Ries, pronounced Reese, hailing from the prairies of middle America, crafts sly and compassionate songs for the crooked-hearted.
With an electric guitar and piano, a clear voice and steady hand, she deftly pulls listeners in with disarming candor and holds them there with smart and tender poetry.
She has just released Cardinal, a handcrafted EP of songs written while on residency in Rouen, France.
VIDEO: Watch our YouTube embedded music video Winding Road taken from EP Cardinal - or CLICK HEREFor Ries, each of the songs is a key; a direction; a red-blooded essential for living – be it bravery, belief in one's path or the bonds of family and blood.
Recording in Minneapolis by the inimitable Jeremy Messersmith, it is her second EP in the wake of 2014’s Ghost Of A Gardener.
A well lauded album co-produced by David Vandervelde, Ghost features a duet with Gregory Alan Isakov, members of Cuddle Magic and cameos by David Sproule, Carrie Elkin, Danny Schmidt and many others.
Since 2008's Country EP, a split 45" with Anaïs Mitchell released on Righteous Babe Records, Ries has recorded and toured extensively with Mitchell supporting Bon Iver and others.
She was granted a Chicago Arts award in 2010, worked in Chicago thea- tre, toured Europe and the States, learned how to repair Wurlitzers and (kind of) play the drums.
For more se her official web site at rachelries.com follow her on Twitter @rachelkries, like her Facebook page at facebook.com/rachelriesmusic and on Instagram visit instagram.com/rachelries/RACHEL RIES MARCH 2016 UK TOUR
Turl Street Kitchen, Oxford http://www.turlstreetkitchen.co.ukMonday 7th March
The Bicycle Shop – Norwich http://thebicycleshopcafe.comWednesday 9th March
The Tin Music & Arts, Coventry http://thetinmusicandarts.org.ukThursday 10th March Kenn Village Hall, Somerset www.songsfromtheshed.comFriday 11th March The Green Note, London www.greennote.co.ukSaturday 12th March
Not Just Word @ The Yards, Kettering
Sunday 13th March