Rachel Goodrich trades in bright acoustics for dirty distortion with her new solo project, Jag.
If you’re familiar with Miami-born, L.A.-based musician Rachel Goodrich‘s first two albums, Tinker Toys (2008) and Rachel Goodrich (2011), you might describe her sound as vaudevillian blues with equal parts cuteness, quirk, sass, stonerism, and sentimental sincerity, a mixture she calls “Shake-a-billy”, played with a ukulele and a kazoo to the thump of a bass drum. You might note influences ranging from Karen Dalton all the way to Tiny Tim (whose “Tip Toe Through The Tulips” Goodrich covers).
The term “garage rock” certainly wouldn’t come to mind.
Rachel Hoodrich makes her musical debut with Apple Juice & Whiskey
A couple months back Rachel Goodrich, Miami-born, Los Angeles-based songwriter with Blind Willie McTell, Karen Dalton, and the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band in her musical heart of hearts, changed the surname on her personal Facebook profile to “Hoodrich” and posted a photo of herself mid-strut on a South Beach sidewalk, t-shirt knotted in front to reveal her belly button, face puckered and hair done up in approximation of a typical, sassy ’90s hoochiemama. On Friday, April 20, Goodrich put out her alter ego’s first release, Apple Juice & Whiskey, a 13-track, self-produced, drum-machine-driven romp of supersilly interludes and a handful of songs and songlets that are very different than most of her previous output.
Between now and Sunday there is a festival’s worth of worthy live music in Miami, including day two of the Bruise Cruise Kick-off Party at The Stage with Fucked Up, King Khan and the Shrines, and Jacuzzi Boys (Thursday); Com Truise at Bardot (Saturday); and the B-52s at the Arsht Center (Sunday). There’s also an actual festival — the GrassRoots Festival at Virginia Key (Thursday – Sunday), headlined by Chaka Khan and Fishbone — and a Rachel Goodrich show at Bayfront Park with Tristan Clopet and The Jacob Jeffries Band for the DWNTWN Miami Concert Series.
Update: The Bayfront Park show has been cancelled due to threat of rain. Rachel Goodrich is instead playing at Vagabond. See the Miami Music Guide listing for full details.
Friday night, in her first Miami show in almost a year, Rachel Goodrich reminded a capacity crowd at Midtown lounge Ricochet what they’ve been missing since she moved to Los Angeles. Leaving her signature ukulele and kazoo in their cases and donning a pair of red sequined pants for her homecoming, Goodrich, backed excellently by a full band, played a set that included songs off her 2011 self-titled LP, new tracks, and a swaggering version of Tinker Toys gem “Little Brass Bear”. Afro-indie rock outfit Kazoots opened up the night with a fiery performance that bodes well for the young quintet’s emergence onto the Miami music scene. To see our photos from the show, visit the Beached Miami Facebook page.
On Friday, Jan. 20, Shake-a-billy chanteuse and hometown gal Rachel Goodrich will play her first Miami show in almost a year, taking the stage at Midtown lounge Ricochet with her band, The Moneybags. Afro-indie rock quintet Kazoots will open with singer/songwriter Inez Barlatier on lead vocals. To get all the details, visit the Facebook event page.
*Gene Ween and Dave Dreiwitz of Ween were supposed to play as well, but they had to cancel their tour for undisclosed reasons.
Winston Churchill's face may be over the door, but Miami's "Sort Of English Pub" is a reflection of Dave Daniels. -- photo by Robby Campbell
Anyone that has been to Churchill’s Pub in Little Haiti has a story to tell.
First-timers and people who never went back will warn you about thick-tongued men who ooze out of darkness and, trembling, offer to watch your car for a dollar. Regulars know the implied threat — “watch” means “not break into” — is usually a bluff. Some even know the men’s names or at least the handles they’ve adopted for use in this parking lot and the myriad other shadowy places they congregate at around the neighborhood.
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This is the third installment of Nevermind Miami, a tribute to the generation-defining album Nirvana released 20 years ago, on September 24, 1991. To commemorate the occasion, we have asked local musicians to cover each of the 13 songs on the original release. We will be posting the covers throughout September in no particular order.
First up in this installment, we have Miami-born, L.A.-based singer-songwriter Rachel Goodrich covering “Territorial Pissings”. The song is the grungiest on Nevermind, with Kurt Cobain straining both his vocal chords and guitar strings to the snapping point and Dave Grohl doing his darnedest to make toothpicks of drumsticks.
Backed by harmonica, Goodrich slows the track down on a loose-strung acoustic guitar and channels Cobain’s inner bluesman, which didn’t always shine through Nirvana’s studio output but played an exquisite role in the band’s masterful Unplugged album (see “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”). To listen to more of Goodrich’s music, visit rachelgoodrich.com (aka Yellow Bear HQ).
I am a Johnny Cash fan. I love Johnny Cash. That track I started when I was recording another track called “Shadows.” I don’t know why, but while I was recording that track, [“Folsom Prison Blues”] was on my brain. I was just thinking about that song while playing this other song, and it was just one of those moments when a track became something else. Kind of like Monstermix, you know? You never know what’s going to happen.
Goodrich’s version of the Cash classic — narrated by a man imprisoned in an actual cell and his own mind — slows down the iconic train rhythm to an “I think I can, I think I can” pace and features a vocal performance both more coldly despairing and embellished than in the original. It’s a solid rendition, but Goodrich is hardly standing alone in the lineup of outlaws who’ve sung this tune, as everyone from Bob Dylan to Everlast has peered through the Folsom Prison bars and hungered after “that fancy dining car”.
You can hear how Goodrich’s version stacks up below, and make sure to check out the video of Johnny Cash performing the song in Folsom Prison (after the jump).