California’s gold coast of Ventura County is lucky to have singer-songwriter, performing, recording artist Rachel Sedacca call it home. Her country/blues songs and folksy ballads are full of colorful characters and stories from her time on the road. Her upbeat, fun and family friendly originals can entertain a wide variety of audience with what she calls soulful, bluesy Americana.
Inspired by the Janis of all trades style of Bonnie Raitt as well as the sounds of Lucinda Williams and Sheryl Crow, Rachel points to the years of Grateful Dead shows steeping her in an eclectic musical tea, appreciation for the fusing of genres and seasoning of the road. Making her home away from home in her 1971-converted bus “Patience” is easy; it’s complete with kitchen, restroom and her purple and green bedroom sporting her comfy mattress from home. “This is what keeps my feet on the ground,” she says “ I can always pull over and make some food, take a nap, I can always find my toothbrush” she smiles.
Her first release, “Lucky Like Me” has earned her the coveted 1st place in American Songwriter magazines bi-monthly lyric contest for her grassy song of the California gold rush “Days of ‘49”. Her strong Internet presence led to a two-week tour of Japan in 2003. With local Japanese band members Rachel performed for the annual charity walk at the amazing Nagoya Castle. Then the headline slot the Country Jamboree, joined by southern California’s Tom Corbett on mandolin & guitar. Rachel's 2006 "Young & Beautiful" tour took her over 5,600 miles through the American west. Behind the wheel of her 35 foot, 1971 GMC school bus named "Patience", Rachel's 23 date, 11 state, 7 week tour was the fruit of this labor of love by this determined artist. Having booked, managed and performed several regional tours as a solo act, Rachel has crucial experience in the business of music, promotion and logistics of the working career of a performing songwriter.
Rachel is endorsed by Luna guitars, based in Tampa, FL and plays their beautiful “Dragonfly” acoustic guitar with amazing mother of pearl inlay work. As an artist/dealer for the company Rachel also deals in guitars and carrys stock on the road. She’s also endorsed by Onlinegigs out of FL and Wallacher Guitar hangers a local business from Ventura.
Rachel released her latest album “Patience Pays” in April 2008. She received a standing ovation with her all-star band at Live Oak Music Festival by KCBX radio in San Luis Obispo that June. The “Patience Pays Tour” tour took her through CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, and CO before abruptly ending with a major fracture the right ankle in three places, stepping out of the bus onto uneven grass. Ouch! The fall of 2009 took to the FAR West regional Folk Alliance Conference where she hosted a showcase room sponsored by Luna Guitars, and then east through AZ & NM to make up the dates missed on the Patience Pays itinerary.
After ringing in the New Year in Belize followed by a string of house concerts in FL in January and the Folk Alliance International Music Conference in Memphis, 2010 will be full of music for Rachel. With two national tours upcoming, and new material heading back to the studio, Rachel is moving ahead full steam.
With a BA in Studio Art from Humboldt State, Rachel designs all her own promo materials including the latest album art and has put pen to paper, writing for online e-zine Indie-Music.com. Having booked, managed and performed several regional and national tours as a solo act, Rachel has crucial experience in the business of music, promotion and logistics of the working career of a performing songwriter.
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For interviews contact Rachel at 805-512-2620