Posts Tagged ‘Righteous Babe Records’

Gracie and Rachel, the collaborative duo of keyboardist Gracie Coates and violinist Rachel Ruggles, have been praised by NPR to “make unforgettable, surprising music.” The duo’s new album “Hello Weakness, You make Me Strong” explores the depths of their emotional states and the walls we build up inside ourselves. It’s music to excavate our inner fears and help us find the empowerment from within. It’s been quite a year. Putting out a record in the midst of the world being shut down wasn’t what we had in mind, but it certainly has made us stronger. Thank you to each and every person who poured their hearts into bringing ‘Hello Weakness, You Make Me Strong’ to life with us. Thank you to our incredible label and management team who support this music with such fierce generosity. Mostly, thank YOU for taking our sounds into your sphere. 

Piano-violin duo with boundary issues. New album ‘Hello Weakness, You Make Me Strong’ out on Righteous Babe Records.
Gracie and Rachel make unforgettable, surprising music.” –Bob Boilen/NPR Music

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Today we share a remix of our song “Speak” from our album ‘Hello Weakness, You Make Me Strong,’ by the ever-talented Future Generations. Thanks, Eddie, for putting your sweet spin on our sounds.
Released February 26th, 2021

Written by Gracie and Rachel, Ariel Loh

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Ani DiFranco may not be an obvious choice for an americana top ten list but to me, she embodies many of the qualities of americana music. ‘Puddle Dive’ was her fourth album which she released on her own record label (Righteous Babe Records) which she created when she was 19 years old.  DiFranco has used her status as a musician to highlight social issues, human rights and does so while alternating between musical styles including folk and rock.  ‘Puddle Dive’ is full of observations about American society mixing politically-themed missives with personal songs about identity and culture. Her experiences as a female musician and relationships are scattered throughout the album. The lyrics to ‘Willing to Fight’ sum up the album (and probably much of DiFranco’s musical themes throughout her prolific musical life.

“you’ve got your whole life to do something and that’s not very long so why don’t you give me a call when you’re willing to fight for what you think is real for what you think is right.”

Ani DiFranco takes on the tumult and anxieties of the current moment with her characteristic lyrical moxie and some of the lushest arrangements and finest vocals of her entire career.

Acclaimed singer/songwriter Pieta Brown has teamed up with Bon Iver’s S. Carey for a new single called “Follow You” that veers confidently into the world of indie-pop. Out now via Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records, “Follow You” is a first taste of new music to come and continues to showcase Pieta’s experimentation with expanding her musical palette and pushing her sonic boundaries. The accompanying video was filmed in Ireland by director Peadar Gill and features actress/dancer Taylor Graham.

“Written in Belgium standing by the North Sea, for me this song is simple,” Pieta told Flood Magazine, who featured the single. “Imagination and connection amidst the chaos! ‘Nature is imagination itself…’ Many of my last recordings have been recorded live all in one room, and this was anything but that! This track started one afternoon in Paris with my friends Bertrand Belin and Thibault Frisoni, and morphed and grew slowly with the help of my friend S. Carey. Sean and mixing engineer Brett Bullion were very instrumental in translating my ideas into sound – and in giving this track some wings!”

“It’s been a real joy helping Pieta stretch out her sonic palette on some of her more recent releases,” said Carey. “And like all of her songs I’ve heard, this one had real legs to stand on and expand upon.”

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Pieta enlisted S. Carey to produce her revolutionary new album ‘Freeway’ last year, which was recorded at Justin Vernon’s April Base Studios and also released through Righteous Babe Records. It was marked as her most experimental collection of songs to date, as well as her most confident and direct. It was met with widespread critical acclaim from NPR Music, Billboard, Stereogum, Flood Magazine, Paste, American Songwriter, Folk Alley, and Relix Magazine among many others. 

Ani DiFranco will release an new album in early 2021 that she hopes will bring people optimism and hope. Her upcoming LP, “Revolutionary Love”, follows her 2019 memoir No Walls and the Recurring Dream. Many of the songs were written while DiFranco was on her way back home to New Orleans in February. With the global pandemic looming over everyone since then, the album has personal and universal themes meant to inspire.

“I felt very strongly that I needed a horse to ride to try to help get out the vote—to get people inspired and get them believing in democracy, believing in each other and in themselves,” DiFranco said I’m a statement.

She also released the title track of the new LP, which is a seven-minute melodic message to encourage love and compassion. “It’s about carrying the energy of love and compassion into the centre of our social movements and making it the driving force. It’s about finding it within ourselves to stay curious about our opponents instead of shutting down,” she said.

Revolutionary Love releases on January. 29th, 2021, via her Righteous Babe Records label.