By Vanessa Garcia
Rachel Goodrich is a twenty-three year old singer/songwriter and self-taught musician who can play anything that makes a sound, including (but surely not limited to) the ukulele and the kazoo.
Homemade, Goodrich’s self-produced CD, is just what its title implies – a sound that stitches together the twang of country, the occasional high pitch of a 1930s Ziegfeld Follies number, a contemporary beat strung up on an old record and a voice that swings from smooth to raspy. Goodrich’s music conjures flitting among disparate influences: classic Disney cartoons, Jazz Age jam sessions, earnest indie ballads or and Jelly Roll Morton’s swing. But always, with Goodrich, you feel you’re listening to something new. She’s even given a brand name to what she makes: Shake-a-billy.
Her live show is equally eclectic and unpredictable: She throws maracas into the audience, welcomes participation, and often asks, “are you diggin’ it?” Everyone always is.