Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack
Kitchen tables, springs, loss, miners, mountains, culture clash, trailers, stray dogs, loggers, hope, forest firesRita Hosking's country-folk music is this and more, and always fierce and lovely. Her delivery is, to put it simply, intense. "From the first time I heard Rita sing, her voice gripped me and did not let go," (Joe Craven.)
That voice, called a "soulful howl from the mountains" (California Bluegrass Association) is calling attention around the country"What? California girls don't sing like that!!?" But Rita will tell you about her upbringing in rural Shasta County, and the old-time band of seasoned mountain characters that took her under their wings. "This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family's frontier experience," (Dan Ruby, FestivalPreview.com.) A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the voice.
Come Sunrise, a collection of 11 original songs and Rita's third album, was released in June of 2009. Recorded in Austin, Texas with producer and guitarist Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen, Caroline Herring,) Come Sunrise launches Rita onto the international Americana scene with players such as Brotherton himself, Lloyd Maines, Warren Hood, Glenn Fukunaga, and many more. "Superb country-folk from a brilliant singer-songwriter," (Americana UK.) In addition to her '07 Silver Stream and '05 Are You Ready? featuring members of her band "Cousin Jack," Come Sunrise completes a collection of well received recordings.
"In scorching form" (UK Telegraph), Northern California's own Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class and hope. With major U.S. music festivals to Bob Harris's BBC show, Rita is moving audiences around the globe with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice, "a captivating performer," (R2 Magazine.) Her new release, Burn, is a fiery follow-up to Come Sunrise, which won Best Country Album Vox Pop in the 2010 Independent Music Awards. Rita's songs have been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Other honors include winner of the '08 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the '09 Telluride Troubadour Contest, and others as well. "There's a grit to her songs and sinewy toughness to her voice that weave their own spell," (Q Magazine.) From the pages of Uncut Magazine, "Fourth album [Burn] confirms poetic Californian's arrival into the country pantheon," to an Oregonian reviewer's words, "a sledgehammer to my heart" (Frank Gutch Jr.), most new listeners will agree with Rita's fans who call her "the real deal." Cousin Jack is Rita's illustrious band that weaves string band accompaniment and harmonies: Sean Feder on Dobro (resophonic guitar) and melodic banjo, Andy Lentz on fiddle, and Bill Dakin on acoustic bass.
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