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Rachel Kiel Record Release Show Josh Kimbrough And Josh Moore

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Rachel Kiel is a songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Carrboro, North Carolina. She plays electric guitar, banjo, flute, and keyboards, switching instruments based on the needs of the songs she writes, which continually test the boundaries of genre. Her first album, Table Manners (2008) is a wide-ranging collection of pop, rock, country, and even electronic songs, signaling an interest in exploration that would continue on later projects. Television Waltz (2012) saw Kiel using her distinctive clawhammer banjo playing to support a collection of powerful country and old-time-influenced songs about love and loss. Her new album, Shot From a Cannon, shows her continuing to push herself further into new territory as both a songwriter and performer.

Featuring ten new original songs, plus a cover of an underground pop favorite (“You’re My Favorite Waste of Time” by Marshall Crenshaw), this is Kiel’s third studio album and her most richly layered production to date.

Shot From a Cannon is a record that brings together Kiel’s new and long-time influences, blending the guitar noise and interlocking lines of Sonic Youth and R.E.M. with the vocal harmonies of Fleetwood Mac and The Everly Brothers. From the catchy Breeders-style sweetness and snarl of the title track to the affecting McCartney-influenced ballad “Clara,” the record casts a wide net stylistically without losing its fundamental cohesion: a commitment to melody, experimentation, and emotional honesty. Shot From a Cannon is an energetic and eclectic album with hooks that get stuck in your head for days.

Produced by Jeff Crawford in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the record features strong instrumental backing from a number of star local players, including Daniel Faust of Mount Moriah (drums), Nick Jaeger of Wild Fur (guitars), Matt Douglas of The Mountain Goats (horns), James Wallace of Hiss Golden Messenger (drums, organ), and vocal harmonies from singer/songwriters Skylar Gudasz and Brett Harris.

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