photo by Rob Gaczol at Constellation Chicago, February 5, 2016
"Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots have their feet firmly planted in American roots music, blending a strong modern take on rhythmic Memphis Soul, recalling Stax-Volt era performers like Carla Thomas, with doses of introspective folk, classic country, and the occasional pop-influenced flourish. In performance and on record, Rachel delivers intelligent lyrics in a soulful, heartfelt manner backed by a cadre of some of Chicago’s best working musicians." - Christopher Alvarado
"The band and Rachel Drew's original songs capture the essence of mid-60s r&b, Stax/Volt and Motown with a bit of early 70s Linda Ronstadt for good measure. Whether inspired by dreams, family, or heartbreak, her songs of longing and memory have the haunted, aching quality that is the embodiment of soul music at its best." - Peter Zeldow
"Rachel Drew & the Bitter Roots are forging a sound that ties together elements of soul, blues, and the best examples of 70's pop songwriters. Drew is an artist to keep an eye, and ear, on as she and her band celebrate and explore the traditions of great American songwriting." - David Argentieri of Rockwell Crossing
"Rachel Drew layers her alto into dream-like melodies that cross genres and evoke Billie Holiday and Motown atop unexpected, satisfying chord changes. Her songs and singing style are unassuming, intimate, and soulful."
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