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RACHEL BROWN & THE BEATNIK PLAYBOYS –RACHEL BROWN & THE BEATNIK PLAYBOYS (Self-Released)

ALBUM OF THE MONTH...

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Where has this girl been? For here we have unearthed a real jewel in the form of country, rockabilly singer-songwriter Rachel Brown. As for her band; Bill Watson (bass, Tuba, backing vocals), Dave Huddleston (guitars, backing vocals), Roy King (drums, percussion) and Emma Shook (violin) plus Becky Boyd and Andrew Mortimer on backing vocals, oh boy they are all the business. Produced by Watson the sound obtained is one the best you are likely to come across!  

From Cleveland, Ohio Brown’s vocals and piano playing is complemented perfectly, by her band The Beatnik Playboys. Brown’s rich vocals vie between the finger snapping up beat numbers to those draped in quiet restraint as she pours out her loves and fears of the world, he handling of the likes of “This Ol’ Place” (Gretchen Peters would love to lay claim to it), “Blue Diamond” (both are outstanding) and Nathan Bell’s sombre impassioned ballad “Whiskey, You Win” augment such delights as “Look Who’s Back” and “Count On Me Baby“ and mid-paced pleaser, “Hey My Child” (complete with fetching harmony vocals her story eases to alongside violin, guitar etc as she pledges her love and how she is going to be always there for her sibling) she rings the changes, and they are all good.    

Sure, I love her ballads, and the fashion she delivers the above and likewise on brooding, piano washed affair “Acceptance” (shades of early Reba McEntire) but she also moves beautifully on the rockin’ piano, harmony drenched “Goodbye“. Killer! I believe he (he being Jerry Lee Lewis) would approve of Brown’s swaggering style, and the uninhibited fashion she acquaints herself throughout the record. If I was looking, and I am not even tempted to go there Brown hasn’t the hint of a weak link in her armoury. 

Others songs on the record include, complete with tinkling barroom piano, tuba, lead guitar and harmony vocals "Worn Out Shoes".  She could be set up on Bourbon Street down in New Orleans. While with much grace you have the final offering of Rodney Kidney’s sombre, reflective ode “No Lock No Key”. While a little different from most songs on the album Brown as expected handles the accomplished heart-tugging ballad in regal fashion. 

    Maurice Hope 

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