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Miss Quincy & The Showdown (Canada) & Rachel Ries (New York) - 5 April 2013

Artist's website: Miss Quincy / Rachel Ries

Miss Quincy & The Showdown

Miss Quincy's Got a Smokin' New Album and a Hot New Band

Like The Devil Does, Miss Quincy's second full length album is a moody collection of songs filled with dirty guitar licks, sweet gospel harmonies, swampy grooves, and stories of old time deal breakers. Miss Quincy and producer, Canadian roots & blues legend Tim Williams, set out to create an album with the gritty sound of tube amps, a tight rhythm section, and a band playing live-off-the-floor. Good musicians playing good music, it's the oldest trick in the book. A natural evolution from her debut album Your Mama Don’t Like Me (Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year, 2011 BC Indie Awards), this new record takes Miss Quincy's signature vocal prowess, her love affair with the electric guitar, and songwriting skills into new-found down and dirty territory. Like The Devil Does is both 4am at the whorehouse and the Sunday morning after.

This year also marks the debut of Miss Quincy’s new band The Showdown. Miss Quincy & The Showdown are a smokin' hot all-girl trio featuring electric guitar, upright bass, and drums. Channeling The Runaways, The Black Keys, and Big Mama Thornton, Miss Quincy doesn't fit the classic girl singer/songwriter mold and The Showdown isn't your average all-girl band. You won’t find them singing pretty pages out of their diaries, instead you’ll find them starting a party everywhere they play by getting down and rocking out with raunchy roots & blues and straight up rock n' roll.

Rachel Ries:

South Dakota native but Brooklyn resident, Rachel Ries crafts songs of loss, love, longing and the unavoidable tensions felt by a soul raised in the country but trying to find a sound life in the city. While playing the guitar, piano and the occasional drumkit, Rachel marries sophisticated, at times vintage, musicality to smart lyrics. Ms. Ries has an adventurous ear for melody and a voice flexible enough to accomplish it. With a self-taught guitar style reminiscent of Mississippi John Hurt and vocals that recall both Regina Spektor and early Maria Muldaur, her songs range from the romantic simplicity of jazz standards to the distilled intensity of poet Anne Sexton. Rachel has two albums, two EPs and years of touring to her name – both as herself and with longtime collaborator and bandmate, Anaïs Mitchell.

"This record is like taking a luxurious bath in an Art Deco tub on the rooftop of a lived-in brownstone on a starry night. Sound good? You bet it is. The disc is clean and natural-sounding: no studio gimmickry here, just gorgeous arrangements and Ries’ heart-wrenchingly elegant melodies."

"An exceptional album from a unique new voice. Without a Bird makes it immediately obvious that young Rachel Ries is playing the game by her own set of rules. Rather than churn out songs that sound like thousands of other artists, Ries writes music that comes straight from her soul...and delivers it with a purely defined focus and conviction. Her voice is particularly intriguing. She has an odd warble that recalls female vocalist from the early twentieth century. She is supported by some real heavyweights on this album. Players include Ariel Bolles, Kevin O'Donnell, Joel Paterson, Alison Chesley, and Mariah McCullough. Ries herself describes her music as "prairie swing and city folk"...which is a rather accurate summation of the overall sound. These songs have impressive and real substance. You may be impressed on the first spin. But several spins later you will likely have the same reaction we did to this music. Without a Bird is, without a doubt, a modern classic. Exceptional tunes include "Learning Too Slow," "When Will You Be Mine?", "Fine, I'm Fine," and "Here We Lie in Wait." Thoroughly engaging music from an individual who is doing everything right. Highly recommended. (Rating: 5+++)."