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Rachel Kiel


  1. 1.
    You're My Favorite Waste of Time
  2. 2.
    Elm and Pine
  3. 3.
    Television Waltz
  4. 4.
    Shot from a Cannon
  5. 5.
    I Won't Do It
With her distinctive voice and razor-sharp hooks, North Carolina songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Kiel combines a strong pop sensibility with a sustained interest in experimentation and creative risk-taking.
Growing up in Chapel Hill, Kiel's interest in songwriting was sparked by her family's record collection and her hometown's interconnected indie rock, jangle pop, and alt-country scenes. While living and working in Boston, Kiel released her debut album, Table Manners, in 2008. She returned to Chapel Hill in 2009, teaming up with guitarist and songwriter Patrick Dyer Wolf (Goodnight, Texas) to play in a number of NC bands. With an interest in combining and distilling her alt-country influences, Kiel recorded her next album, Television Waltz (2012) with producer Jerry Brown, known for his work with Steep Canyon Rangers and Mandolin Orange.
For her third record, Kiel sought out producer Jeff Crawford (The dB’s, Roman Candle, Big Star’s Third Live), taking a turn away from the sound of her last album while still retaining her commitment to songcraft and emotional depth. The product of these sessions, Shot From a Cannon (2017) showcases both new and long-time influences, blending the jangle of R.E.M, the sweetness and snarl of The Breeders, and the vocal harmonies of Fleetwood Mac and The Everly Brothers.


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