US composer and pianist Rachel Grimes is set to release a new album titled The Way Forth on November 1st via Temporary Residence Ltd. It is a folk opera and film based on “an experiential, non-linear journey following generations of Kentucky women [from 1775 to today]. Through extensive lush orchestration, narration, and imagery filmed in rural Kentucky, The Way Forth honours the legacy of the silenced, eternal grace, and the redemption of time.”
For this Under the Influence piece, rather than choose three albums that influenced her and her music, she chose three styles of music that influenced her process in writing and arranging this album. The following are her picks.
Check out the track ‘Got Ahold of Me’ just below. You can pre-order the album here.
Several years ago I went to a show of Nathan Bowles playing solo banjo and singing and I picked up his record A Bottle, A Buckeye and have enjoyed it every since. He recorded a cover of an old fiddle tune by Ernie Carpenter called ‘Elk River Blues’ that just really hooked me in, and I found myself playing it a lot. It has a satisfying and unexpected turn in the rhythm where it doubles/repeats a beat within a phrase, providing emphasis. It is a fairly subtle thing, but I liked the feel and put the idea to use in a couple of pieces in ‘The Way Forth’, ‘Got Ahold of Me’ and ‘Sisterhood of Man’.