New socially conscious folk by one half of 10 String Symphony
Rachel Baiman’s 2017 label debut, "Shame," was featured on NPR’s "Songs We Love," called a "rootsy wake-up call" by Folk Alley, and described by Vice’s Noisey as "flipping off authority one song at a time." She has toured for four years with 10 String Symphony and played fiddle for other musicians, including Kacey Musgraves. Now Baiman has announced "Thanksgiving," a self-produced four-song EP, featuring her live trio as well as special guests including Molly Tuttle and Josh Oliver. "Thanksgiving" is an intriguing follow-up, allowing her a chance to stretch out stylistically, moving effortlessly between bluegrass, to folk, old-time and country. The bittersweet lyricism she’s become known for conveys the push and pull of hardship and hope we often feel during the holiday season. Raised in Chicago by a radical economist and a social worker, Baiman was surrounded by social justice issues her entire life. “If I wanted to rebel against my parents I could have become a finance banker or a corporate lawyer” she says of her childhood, and her new music has a social and political emphasis.