Rachel Allyn is an Americana singer/songwriter making a name for herself through her powerful and expressive vocals, skilled songwriting, and engaging live performances. Her first two releases, Late Nights and Early Mornings and Do It Yourself, saw song placements in national television shows on CMT, the National Geographic Channel, and the Discovery Channel. Next Year’s Girl, Allyn’s third effort, is set for release in April 2016. Typically performing over 100 shows per year, she has opened for Kenny Rogers, Brett Eldredge, Sara Evans, Trace Adkins, Lonestar, Travis Tritt, Randy Houser, and Tyler Farr, among others. Allyn graduated with honors from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and is now based in her home state of New Jersey.
Next Year’s Girl is a cohesive collection of finely crafted and personally reflective yet universally relatable songs. Drawing on influences ranging from the Rolling Stones and Elvis Costello to Jason Isbell and Kacey Musgraves, Allyn combines her lyrics with rock and roll guitars, bluesy B3, and traditional country pedal steel to create a story and sound all her own. Delicately straddling the line between vintage and modern, and timeless and boundary-pushing, Next Year’s Girl is Allyn’s most artistically realized work to date.
Next Year's Girl Facts:
The main tracks of Next Year's Girl were recorded by Rachel's live band live in the studio without rehearsal and without a click track.
Every song on the EP features John Ginty on B3. John is currently touring the world with the Dixie Chicks.
Famed Nashville session players Larry Franklin and Pat Severs have played on all three of Rachel's releases.
Next Year's Girl was influenced by the music of Elvis Costello, Jason Isbell, Tom Petty, Kacey Musgraves, and the Rolling Stones.
Next Year's Girl ends with a cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth," which was recorded in two takes.
Rachel writes all her own lyrics.
The song "Next Year's Girl" was written as a response to "This Year's Girl" by Elvis Costello.
The song "Going Through the Motions" was written in response to Kacey Musgraves' "It Is What It Is."
Rachel and her band have played three of the songs from Next Year's Girl live on NASH FM 94.7 NYC -- "Next Year's Girl," "Crash Hard," and "Perfect."
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