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Rachel Laven | The Secret to a Good Life
Laven is an earnest observer. American Roots Music has a long tradition of proficient storytellers breathing life into the characters of their songs. In listening to Laven’s ballads you can hear the quality of her watchful eye surveying a scene, piecing together the most relevant colors and textures of a personality and giving easy shape to the characters that she describes. The title song on her most recent album ove and Lucchese’s s a paramount example of this ability. As a listener you get the opportunity to slip your own feet into the hallmark boots, gifted to Laven by her immigrant grandmother. You get to feel the familial connection and the love and pride of accepting such a gift. Within her lyrics, you also get to see how she writes in the passage of time as a playful character in its own right, harboring a secret smile for those who know how to listen.
Born into a home pulsing with songwriters and musicians she has observed the craftsmanship and labor that those before her have put into their art. Though modest in accepting a compliment about her practiced guitar skills, Laven is fierce in her abilities and can easily hold her own in the midst of seasoned pickers and performers. Biting her bottom lip and then smiling through difficult progressions; it’s easy to tell that she is having fun while challenging herself against a high bar of performance and precision. Her guitar seems like a spirited Akhal-Teke that she enjoys riding for the thrill of the smooth speed.
A positive force of nature on stage, Laven not only captivates with her smiling lyricism but with the timber of a voice that sounds straight out of her chest. In the tradition of her cherished influences: Susan Gibson, Terri Hendrix, Walt Wilkins, Slaid Cleaves, and Ani DiFranco, Laven’s vocalizations don’t strain too far from her speaking voice which is buoyant and melodic with a gentle,Texan accent. She is a powerhouse of energy, breathing through notes breezily with a passionate aire and a cool, side-smiling tonality.
If the secret to a good life is indeed to dare, Rachel Laven is for sure living one. As a finalist in the 2016 Grassy Hill New Folk Songwriter’s Competition she showed up with her usual, calm confidence, winning over the audience and judges to gain entry into a cohort of outstanding songwriters including Robert Earl Keen, Jonathan Bird, Nancy Griffith and Slaid Cleaves. Daring to enter the songwriter’s competition won her the opportunity to empower herself as a professional songwriter, touring as a winner with the 2016 New Folk Class. Today you can see Laven touring the U.S. and Europe performing songs from her album ve & Lucchese's.
Vibrant, well-spoken and always reaching new heights, Rachel Laven will be known among the songwriters of her generation as an encouragement and inspiration to dare.
Written by, Collins de la Cour June, 2017 Agent / PR, Green Room Music Source
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Awards & Accolades
2018 Official showcase at Folk alliance international
2017 Runner up at No depression's songwriter awards at Freshgrass fest
2017 larry joe taylor songwriter showcase semi-finalist
2016 New Folk Winner at Kerrville Folk Festival
2016 Third Place at Songwriter Serenade Performing Songwriter Competition
2010 "Best Vocalist" San Antonio Current
2010 "Artist of the Year" Texas Music Coalition
2010 JAck Skiles Music Scholarship Winner
2007 World Folk Music Competition Winner
2006 BBC Next Big thing contest - top 15 in the world
2018 Summertyne Americana Festival - Newcastle, UK
2018 Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival - Inverness, Scotland
2018 Official Showcase at Folk Alliance International
2018 Red Clay Theatre - Duluth Georgia
2017 Kansas City Folk Festival - Kansas City, Missouri
2017 Freshgrass Fest - North Adams, MA
2017 Residency at Liberty Bar - San Antonio, Texas
2017 Truck Festival - Oxfordshire, England
2017 Kerrville Folk Festival Mainstage - Kerrville, TX
2016 Kerrville Fall Festival - Kerrville, Texas
2016 Blue Rock Studios - Wimberley, Texas
2016 South West Regional Folk Alliance Official Showcase - Austin, Texas
and many many more!!