…a heartfelt slice of master crafted indie folk brimming with the battle-tested capacity to endure the worst in others. — Chris Payne, Billboard
Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and 2017 winner of the Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival. A versatile performer, Kilgour has shared stages with the likes of indie artists Haley Bonar & Jeremy Messersmith as well as folk legends Greg Brown, Cheryl Wheeler & Catie Curtis.
Married in her early twenties, Rachel devoted her young adulthood to parenting her stepchild and building family and community. Her work from that time — Self-Titled (2008), Will You Marry Me? (2011), and Whistleblower’s Manifesto (2013) — chronicled her life as a young parent in a same-sex partnership and addressed sociopolitical issues from government corruption to income inequality and religious hypocrisy. Rachel ’s music career took a backseat during those years as she lived a slow, home-focused life.
In 2014, divorce brought an unwanted end to her role as a member of the family she had helped to grow. In the months following, Rachel found solace in songwriting. Rabbit in the Road was born out of that time: the love, loss, betrayal, disorientation and the profound sense of resilience that followed. “While I have always felt a strong pull to address social injustices from the stage, this new collection of work requires something new of me,” she shared. “I feel called to use my platform to address emotion and grief and forgiveness in a way that is not often done in our culture.” Though the album was instigated by a particular event in her life, each track explores a different aspect of Rachel ’s emotional journey. “I was taught from a young age that a person’s hurtful behavior is almost always a sign of inner pain and not a reflection of your self-worth. The second track on the album, ‘Deep Bruises’, was my attempt to put that belief into practice under the most difficult circumstances.”
Rabbit in the Road was released in March 2017 on NewSong Recordings, produced by Catie Curtis, engineered by Crit Harmon in his home studio and mixed by Gar Ragland at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, NC. Kilgour’s writing and delivery cut deep, with resolute simplicity. Sorrow, rage, resilience and compassion exist side by side within a series of honest and memorable melodies. The collection of work stands tall on a foundation of vulnerability and opens the door to moments of profound connection.
Minnesotan songwriter Rachael Kilgour writes lyrics that you want to hold onto forever. — Sophie Kemp, Impose Magazine
Advance Tickets will be available four weeks prior to the show, and any remaining tickets will be available at the door the night of the show.
Advance: $15 general, $10 student/reduced income
At Door: $20 general, $15 student/reduced income