Rachal and The Redbones
If The Swampers had entered Stax with a female vocalist to record for just one day, Rachal and The Redbones would have been the result. Written under the bright lights of Nashville with roots in the bayou, her first EP A Southern Tale was released in 2015. With a sound that lies somewhere between the bluesy rock of Bonnie Raitt and the more contemporary R&B vocals of Adele, A Southern Tale is an all-inclusive and celebratory experiment in modern Americana. “Kings and Queens” and “Dirty” bookend the album in Memphis soul and swamp drenched 70’s guitar bends, while “Stay” brings to mind the breezy songwriting of Carole King and the vocal range of the great soul queens of the 60’s.
On A Southern Tale, Rachal and The Redbones prove that Southern music is the great equalizer. A convergence of gospel, folk, soul, blues and rock ‘n’ roll where everyone has a seat at the table and an equal contribution to the tapestry of Southern musical traditions. Rachal Davis is just beginning to weave her thread. -Dana Blaisdell