If you want to know Rachel Sumner, listen to her music. “Come see who I’ve become,” she sings in her song, “3000 Miles.” “Come see where I belong.”
Rachel spent her early career on the bluegrass circuit, singing, writing songs, and playing guitar with the acclaimed Boston group Twisted Pine. These days Rachel belongs somewhere else, though. As a solo artist, her work has grown in clarity and conviction. Intricate yet forthright, these are songs we can believe in. Song about our lives, Rachel’s and yours. Not just love and heartbreak, but friendship and death, learning and suffering, justice, craving too much of the world. A perfect example of this is in Rachel’s original song “Radium Girls (Curie Eleison),” which won the grand prize in the 2021 John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
Rachel often performs solo in the New England area, but recently her nectar-and-venom vocals and multi-instrumental talent has been joined by a tight-knit group of fiddle, acoustic & electric guitar, and upright bass – a group she affectionately calls Traveling Light. Look for them on the road. Go see who she’s become.