From the first cascading melody line of “Lonely Spires,” Rachel Ries ensnares the listener in a gorgeous web of silvery vocals, homey fingerpicking and strumming, and literary lyrics wrapped in mercurial, yet soothing tunes. While her vintage sound is reminiscent of music from the 1920s and ’30s, her approach to writing is altogether contemporary, imbuing folksy imagery with a compelling sense of mystery....The album was recorded on vintage analog equipment, presumably to further capture a bygone sound. Some artists might need the boost in creating atmosphere, but Ries is well up to the task of invoking mood, memory, and nostalgia all on her own.
– Judith Edelman in Acoustic Guitar, January 2006, No.157
I used to wonder what would happen if Sarah Harmer ran away from home wearing a red riding hood, en route to join the east-coast whaling trade when oh golly she fell head over heels in love, and with a South Dakotan boy at that. So she moves to the cornfields and though she sings to the sky and the cows she's also thinking of skyscrapers and smoke, and how they're not at all there... Anyway, I used to wonder, but then I got the beautiful package that is the Rachel Ries CD and now I don't wonder no more. Instead I sit on my bed feeling like a girl and listening to Rachel's voice.
- Nov. 15, 2005
released 23 August 2005
Rachel - guitars, banjo, vocals
Andru Bemis - banjo, fiddle, guitar, vocals
Drew Lindsay - piano, pump organ, accordion
Mike Reeb - drums
Produced by Rachel
Recorded by Andru
Additional Recording and Mixing by Kris Poulin
Mastered by Blaise Barton at Scientific Mastering