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Rachel Harrington, Zak Borden - 20th October 2007

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Rachel Harrington:

"FIVE STARS! Absolutely brilliant! The best debut since Gillian [Welch's] '96 'Revival'."

Already a contender for 2007 album of the year, The Bootlegger's Daughter is a top drawer Americana debut from Seattle's Rachel Harrington.

Deep and haunting, this album explores traditional American folk and bluegrass themes through Rachel's evocative vocals and gifted songwriting.

There are country gospel tones in the quietly understated musicianship, and Harrington's lyrics are literate and heartbreaking in equal measure. Other than a reading of Laura Veirs' Up The River and a take on John Hurt's Louis Collins, the songs are all from the pen of Rachel herself, and her exquisite and timeless lyrics evoke a genuine feel of the heritage of this form of music. An astonishing feat for a songwriter so young.

Rachel Harrington has opened for luminaries such as Shawn Colvin and Todd Snider, and she is gaining national airplay alongside a lot of support from European stations, including the BBC where she comes with the highest of recommendations from the legendary Bob Harris.

She is joined by multi-instrumentalist Zak Borden on vocals, mandolin, guitar and various other weapons of mass destruction. A solid songwriter in his own right, Zak has toured extensively throughout the US and UK having worked with, among many others, Casey Neill, The Watson Twins, and his platinum selling cousin Willy Mason.

Zak Borden - "American roots, dirty granges, flatpicking, big vocal ranges, evil grooves, tight harmonies... lots and lots of lonley little birds and humble songs that ain't got no fancy words."

Zak's Indie debut "Whistles & Steam" features a wide variety of roots music inspired by bluegrass, delta blues and songwriters in the tradition of Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle and Townes Van Zandt.