They call her "Little Rachel" because she is only five feet tall, but this petite package packs quite a punch! Little Rachel exploded on to the 1950's rockin' scene in 2000, alongside her sister Caroline, as the exuberant Austin, Texas-based rockabilly duo, "The Casey Sisters". They released two albums on the Swedish label, Tail Records, that quickly earned them a great deal of critical acclaim from 1950's enthusiasts for their strong female harmonies, versatility, and authentic 1950's sound.
After four years of riding high with "The Casey Sisters", Little Rachel decided it was time to return to the blues roots of her hometown of Kansas City. She left Austin in pursuit of recording a solo 1950's-style Rhythm and Blues album, to pay homage to some of her favorite artists such as Little Richard, Etta James, Wynona Carr, Little Willie John and Big Mama Thornton. The energy, versatility, and authentic 1950's sound that "Casey Sisters" fans associate with Little Rachel is multiplied by her great passion for the R&B genre. It is evident that this is what she was made to do, and she has quickly earned a new fan base that crosses over from, not only 1950's music fans, but fans of blues and soul as well. Since the release of her debut album, "'Cause I Feel Good" in 2005, critics have been raving. Little Rachel has been featured in numerous publications worldwide including "Blue Suede News" (U.S.), "Blues Revue" (U.S.) "Blues News" (Finland), "Blues & Rhythm"(U.K.), "UK Rock!" (U.K.), "Big Beat" (Finland), "Jumpin' From 6 to 6" (France), "Soul Bag" (France), "RUTA 66" (Spain), and "American Music Magazine" (Sweden).
Before releasing her debut album, Little Rachel had already been booked for several major festivals and attracted the attention of numerous record labels. She has become known for her surprisingly volumous voice, her unique and flambouyant sense of style, and her ability to make even the most powerful performance look easy. You may have seen her light up the stage at festivals worldwide [in the US- "Viva Las Vegas" (Las Vegas, NV), "Rockabilly Rebel Weekender" (Indianapolis, IN), "Old Capitol Blues and BBQ" (Springfield, IL), "Oneida Rockin' 50's Fest" (Green Bay, WI), and "Shake the Shack" (Seattle, WA)- and also abroad at "Rockabilly Rave" (UK), "Screamin' Festival" (Spain), "D-Day at the Cruise Inn" (Holland), "Rhythm Riot" (UK), "Rockin' Gone Party" (France), "Rock N' Roll Jamboree", "Blues In the Park", "Waltikka Rock n' Roll Ball" (all Finland) , "Summer Jamboree (Italy), and "Rockabilly Bombardment" (Austria)].
Little Rachel is also developing an impressive discography. In addition to her two recordings with the Casey Sisters on Tail ("Who's Crying Now" 2000 and "Crazy Spree" 2003), she has been on four compilations, appeared on Nick Curran's "Dr. Velvet", released her own debut independently ('Cause I Feel Good", 2005), released a second CD on the Spanish label El Toro Records ("There's A New Miss Rhythm in Town" 2007), and will be releasing her third CD in 2009, on the Finnish label Goofin' Records.
Whether Little Rachel is crooning a soulful, bluesy ballad or wailling out a frantic rock 'n' roller, she embodies that sound that rock 'n' roll was founded on. Though petite, she owns the stage with a commanding presence and a sexy sass. If you have not had the chance to witness it, you will soon. Little Rachel is out to make a big impression!