RACHEL AND THE BEATNIK PLAYBOYS
Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys are a delicious musical anachronism– Americana music of today that seems like it could have come from a time when milk came in glass bottles and doctors still made house calls. Powered by singer-songwriter Brown’s multi-octave voice, fed by guitarist Dave Huddleston’s tasty licks and harmonies, decorated by the smooth grooves of string bassist Bill Watson and drummer Roy King, the band journeys through the musical landscape of country, jazz, blues and gospel on a trip you want to take over and over. - Chuck Yarborough-Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Nobody sings about love and heartache like the late, great, Patsy Cline. Rachel and the Beatnik Playboys pay tribute to this icon, performing her most memorable songs along with favorites from other artists of the era
Rachel Brown is an experienced singer,multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. She has been playing and studying music for over 25 years. She holds a master in music education with a classical piano/choral emphases. Rachel has performed professionally since the age of 12. She has opened for many top artists including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Loretta Lynn, Ray Stevens, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Vern Gosdin, Clint Black , Alan Jackson, Aaron Tippin, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley,Richie Furay, Donna the Buffalo, Little Jimmy Dickens, Southern Pacific, Ricky Scaggs and The Judds. Rachel also performs in the band "Hillbilly Idol". A local, iconic band dedicated to the performance of authentic Americana/roots/country music. She has played with many other local bands including "The Damn Band"(1991-93, 1998-2001), "New Frontier" (with the Sanders Brothers, Jeff Rice & Joe Morris) 1988-91), "Blue Moon Express" (with Joe Smith 2002-2003), "Sidewinder" (1995-97), "Buckshot" (1987-88) and "Kalico" (1984-87)
THE BEATNIK PLAYBOYS
BILL WATSON has had an extensive and successful career out of performing music for many years. Currently, you can also find Bill playing with "The Numbers Band" (since 1990), "Hillbilly Idol" (since 1990), "Alex Bevan" (since 1988) and "Clearfork" (since 1990). Some of you may remember seeing Bill perform with "The Damn Band" (1991), "Reckless Abandon" (1987), "Mimi Hart & The Bopkats" (1984-86), "Deadly Ernest & The Honky Tonk Heroes" (1981-84), "Gopher Broke Swing Band" (1977-1981), "Smackinrrouge" and "Better 'n Bacon Band" (pre 1977).
ROY KING has had the pleasure of performing with living legends like Mose Allison, Bucky Pizzerelli, Eddie Bo, Johnny Gimble and Jay McShann to great local heroes such as Alex Bevan, the Gopher Broke Swing Band, pianists Mike Petrone and Joe Hunter. Roy currently teaches drums and percussion at Woodsys Music in Kent and Medina, as well as leading his own jazz trio which plays at Nighttown in Cleveland, Ohio. "I always wanted to be a beatnik and a playboy.", says Roy. " Now I can be both!"
DAVE HUDDLESTON is a lifelong student and lover of music. He is known locally as a vocalist, guitarist, and bassist. Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Cleveland, Dave grew up in a musical family and was exposed to a variety of music genres -- from Saturday Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, to Broadway musicals played on the family hi-fi, to pop tunes squeezed out of a tiny transistor radio tuned to WIXY 1260-AM. His influences are all over the map -- Bach, Artie Shaw, Elvis, the Temptations, the Beatles, Ella, 1960s TV themes, Gaetano Veloso, Chaka Khan, U2, the Bee Gees, the Isley Brothers, Frankie Valli, Ennio Morricone, Buck Owens. Dave sees every song and every gig as a chance for exciting explorations, always with an element of surprise.
The reason that these songs and the rest of "Once Again'' go beyond blogosphere-bland — in addition to that big, beautiful, expressive voice — is that each tune is a layer cake of our own lives hidden in Brown's words.”
Chuck Yarborough, Pop Music Critic, Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Every song is a winner on Rachel Brown's album. She is Cleveland's next shining star and worthy of some national exposure. It's that good.”
— Jay Minkin, No Depression
Singer-Songwriter Rachel Brown fronts Rachel & The Beatnik Playboys
and is well known for her magnificent voice”
— Chuck Yarborough, Cleveland Plain Dealer
Excerpts From Rachel and the Beatnik Playboys at Guy. C. Myers Memorial Band Shell
Published on Oct 13, 2013 Rachel & The Beatnik Playboys perform on Northeast Ohio Cable show Crooked River Groove hosted by Tommy Wiggins. Aired on 10/4/13
"I'm Gonna Fly" from her CD, "Just Look My Way"
"As We Speak" from her CD, "just Look My Way"
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