Rachel Baiman is a singer-songwriter and ace instrumentalist proficient in a wide range of genres. In scope and versatility, she has taken her place amongst impressive young women such as Sarah Jarosz and, sometime collaborator, Molly Tuttle, carrying the torch of modern acoustic music. Her take veers to the political, informed by her upbringing and activities such as co-founding Folks Fight Back, an initiative to respond to the former U.S. President’s administration.
A one-time winner of the Illinois State Fiddle Championship, Baiman follows in the footsteps of many bluegrass-influenced musicians skilled at multiple instruments including guitar and banjo. An established backing musician, she has toured with Kacey Musgraves and Indigo Girl, Amy Ray. Solo, Baiman has released three full-length recordings and an EP. 2018’s rustic affair, Shame, was produced by Andrew Marlin from Festival-mates, Watchhouse. Her 2021 release, Cycles, remains centered around acoustic instruments while making a decided turn towards indie-folk by upping the electricity and drums in the mix. The songs remain economical and captivating, but the urgency is more palpable. Witness the continuing evolution of this fascinating artist in her natural environment.
Biography by Jay Nelson