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April 3, 2014


Alex Bevan & Rachel Brown & The Beatnik Playboys @ Nighttown!! - January 2, 2014

Get your tickets right away folks!! We really think this one will sell out. We have been trying to make this show a reality for some time now. We're looking forward to playing along with Alex on his originals and also sharing some of our new ones. Tickets are only $10. and are available  through Nighttown's website.

June 3, 2013

Rachel Brown: Just Look My Way

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I have been recording a full length solo album the last few weeks that is including my peeps from The Beatnik Playboys & Hillbilly Idol!! It is going so well. I can't believe it. It will be a project that I am VERY proud of. There will also be several additional top notch guests join on the tracks. So LOTS of surprises. Stay Tuned!!!!

Bill being Bill @ Suma!_resized
Roy @ Lava Room_resized
Paul Kovac adding some banjo to our recording project at suma_resized
Al recording with us at Suma_resized

Mountain Rose Concert Akron Beacon Journal - January 15, 2010

On Sunday, the Mountain Rose, a series of concerts highlighting local artists will welcome singer/songwriter Rachel Wearsch and the Beatnik Playboys at the Roy Smith Shelter House at Fred Fuller Park in Kent. Wearsch is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who holds a master's in music education and knows her way around a piano. She and the band (bassist Bill Watson and guitarist Steve Downey) play mostly mellow, soothing and spare Americana, with Wearsch's soulfully plaintive vocals floating on top while Downey adds some nice back porch harmonies and tasteful guitar. Fans of Cincinnati's Over the Rhine and folks such as Emmylou Harris (for whom Wearsch has opened, as well as Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and others) should enjoy the quiet melodies and patient songs.

The Kent Stage New Years Eve 2009 - January 1, 2010

Tune in to 91.3 The Summit Jan. 3rd @3:00 - January 1, 2010

WAPS radio show will be airing in January - November 4, 2009

More details soon!

Rachel placed in the top 5 vocalists nationally on singeruniverse .com AGAIN! - November 4, 2009

Check out their site. The judges are various industry professionals including an AR from Sony records and Chaka Khan.

Please vote for us at - January 12, 2009

See us on the HOT LIST

Great Lakes Songwriting Competition - September 29, 2008

Rachel's song "When it Comes to You" won an honorable mention in this year's Great Lakes Songwriting Competition. Album Review - May 28, 2008

Rachel Wearsch: "Life of Love"
Critique of Ohio Native's self-released debut
© Brittany Brown

May 28, 2008

Americana singer/songwriter Rachel Wearsch launches new solo release designed to embrace her traditional roots. You can take the girl out of the country, but you can't take the country out of the girl.

As cliche as the old adage may seem, there is a reason it that it has stuck through the ages. Rachel Wearsch is living proof that it is impossible out run the past. And when the past produces something as remarkable as Wearsch's self-released debut, Life of Love, it becomes a little clearer as to why the world should be thankful for honky tonks and pick-up trucks.

Who She Is
Having studied and performed on piano since before she was in junior high, Wearsch boasts classical training and over two decades of live performing experience. She has opened for many prominent musicians, including Willie Nelson and Loretta Lynn, also brushing shoulders with more contemporary artists such as Clint Black and Toby Keith. Wearsch, hailing from Small Town, USA,was raised by musically-oriented parents who molded her into the versatile virtuoso that she is today. Returning after decade spent running from her modest roots, Wearsch embraces her southern tendencies and plucking abilities to storm the nation with a release so powerfully heartfelt and honest that it will steal the breath of Country critics from all over.

The Scoop
Life of Love was written, performed, and mastered by Wearsch alone. After experimenting with various musical genres, ranging from bar blues bands to a 1950’s cover group, she has finally come full circle back to the place where she started. Growing up with George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash has allowed Wearsch to mesh the traditional Country/Western background with vibrant bluegrass, a healthy dose of old-fashioned blues and her own classical piano training to launch a uniquely refreshing album that could only be labeled as pure Americana.

Someday is a delightedly simple tune bursting with fresh mandolin and buoyant tambourine that swears Someday, you're gonna be mine. Wearschs vocals breezily lilt along its brazen crescendos and transfer effortlessly into the more melancholy Just Go On, which features a slow steel guitar and drawling saxophone that just asks for a bottle of wine and a good cry. The title track,Life of Love,while uplifting with its jaunty melodies, offers a more realistic view on little Miss Perfect, who may be The center of attention when she drinks her wine; but inevitably she will be Always searching for the love of her life.Heart on the Run features a wonderful acoustic intro, and then launches into a piano-driven jog about needing some temporary comfort. Purely stripped and sweet,Stay With Me is an excellent exhibition of Wearschs upper vocal range that brings to mind the early Sunday mornings spent with a cherished one.

Last Thoughts
While no stranger to recording, Rachel Wearschs solo attempt earns much-deserved merit for being extremely smooth and seamless; highly unusual for an album recorded in a basement. While it may take several spins to really get under your skin, Life of Love is a sure-fire product that will take a loving spot in the hearts of many devoted Folk, Country, and Bluegrass aficionados. review - May 3, 2008

“Life of Love” by Rachel Wearsch is best described as a delightfully refreshing country/folk album. The style is contemporary and the music is memorable. Listeners will surely remember these tunes and more importantly, be able to relate to the emotions expressed through these poetic lyrics. This CD is a strong reflection of the heavy emotional atmospheres of love and heartbreak that are trademarks of great country tunes. The sax solo on “Just Go On” gives a fine touch to a well-performed piece. The piano intro on “You Gave Me Your Love” and the sensuous presentation of its graceful lyrics simply touches the soul. The toe-tapping up-beat in “Count On Me Baby” will get your blood pumping and make you want to get up and dance. This is a very innovative and creative work of art. What’s more, this collection is nicely polished with professional production. It is sure to be a worthwhile addition to you collection of country CD’s. http://www. radioindy. com/bands/4279/

Gold Artist Award - April 6, 2008

Rachel has been given the Gold Artist Award at

SingerUniverse Winners - April 4, 2008

SingerUniverse Best Vocalist Of The Month Competition
March 2008
Alyse Black
Rachel Wearsch
Stars Go Dim
Kim Adams and the House Cats

Indie Coffeehouse Arts Directory - February 18, 2008

WSCA-LP -Rachel is #10 slot on the CMJ Radio 200-top 30 - November 6, 2007

CMJ Radio 200 - Top 30 - WSCA-LP 106.1FM

1 NEW PORNOGRAPHERS Challengers Matador
2 JOHN VANDERSLICE Emerald City Barsuk
3 DAN BLAKESLEE Lincoln Street Roughs Peapod Recordings
4 EVERYBODYFIELDS Nothing Is Okay Ramseur
5 DEVENDRA BANHART Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon XL-Beggars
6 GO TEAM! Proof Of Youth Subpop
8 MOTHER & THE ADDICTS Science Fiction Illustrated Chemikal Underground
9 AUDREY RYAN Dishes And Pills Folkwit
11 VARIOUS ARTISTS Guilt By Association Engine Room
12 JENS LEKMAN Night Falls Over Kortedala Secretly Canadian
13 CAVE SINGERS Invitation Songs
14 PELLE CARLBERG In A Nutsell Twentyseven
15 IRON & WINE The Shepherd's Dog Subpop
16 ROBERT POLLARD Coast To Coast Carpet Of Love/Standard Gargoyle Decisions Merge
17 MANNEQUIN MEN Fresh Rot Flameshovel
18 CASS MCCOMBS Dropping The Writ Domino
19 FIERY FURNACES Widow City Thrill Jockey
20 SHOUT OUT LOUDS Our Ill Wills Merge
21 MORNING RECORDINGS The Welcome Kinetic Loose Thread
22 WOODEN SHJIPS - s/t Holy Mountain
23 JOSE GONZALEZ In Our Nature Mute
24 EARLIMART Mentor Tormentor Majordomo
25 OLD TIME RELIJUN Catharsis In Crisis K
26 SEA WOLF Leaves In The River Dangerbird
27 THE GOOD LIFE Help Wanted Nights Saddle Creek
28 FIRE ENGINES Hungry Beat Acute
29 VHS OR BETA Bring On The Comets Astralwerks
30 LEWIS TAYLOR The Lost Album Hacktone

September 29, 2007

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The Chronicle Telegram- Alicia Castelli - September 23, 2007

ELYRIA — A local junior high school music teacher is making an international name for herself as a musician thanks in part to the Internet.
Rachel Wearsch, a choir and general music teacher at Eastern Heights Junior High School in Elyria, has been playing one instrument or another since she was 6. She loves introducing music to her students, but these days she is busy marketing herself and her own music on the Internet.
“It’s some folk music mixed with country and blues. It’s pretty eclectic,” Wearsch said. “It’s all songs I wrote.”

Rachel Wearsch
Wearsch got her master’s degree in music education from the University of Akron and has been teaching seventh- and eighth-graders for seven years.
And within the last few months, she created a Web site — — where she showcases her work and sells her CD, titled “Life of Love.”
As if that weren’t enough, Wearsch also is married, with two children and two step-children.
“I grew up in a very musical family,” she said. “I was surrounded by it. My parents had a farm in Medina, and my dad decided our barn needed to be the music barn. I started studying classical piano at age 6. We had musicians over all the time for jam sessions. Music has always been a huge part of my life.”
Wearsch’s parents, avid country music fans, introduced her to a variety of music and musicians. In addition to the piano, Wearsch also plays bass, mandolin and guitar, and is studying the lap steel.
“I sing and play, and I started playing professionally at age 12,” she said. “That was a full-time job for me then, in addition to school. I played with different bands at festivals and in clubs. I was young, but my parents were very strict and were always with me. It was a lot of fun.”
Wearsch has opened locally for some high-profile names, including Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, Clint Black and The Judds.
Do her students know they are learning from a local celebrity?
“Not really,” Wearsch said. “Maybe a little, but I try to keep that very separate. I love my teaching job. I’m so lucky to be able to do something that I love.”
After she set up her Web site, Wearsch started getting international recognition.
“I’ve gotten a good response,” she said. “Quite a few public radio stations and a few Internet stations are playing my songs. I love looking at comments from people in Germany and Ireland who’ve downloaded my music. I’m getting to talk to people from all over the world. It makes the world a smaller place for me.”
What was it like opening for Emmylou Harris — one of her favorite artists? “It was a thrill,” Wearsch said.
Wearsch said she loves that she gets to share her love of music, which was so much a part of her childhood, with her students.
“Teaching is totally different from performing, but it’s very rewarding,” she said. “I was a shy child, and singing and performing was a way of expressing myself and my feelings.
“For my students, I want them to have that same experience. I want music for them to be a way to express themselves in a positive way. It’s very cool.”
Fan quotes posted on her Web site indicate her listeners feel the same way. There’s everything from “the voice of a country angel” to the rather concise “you freakin’ rock!”
Fans can purchase songs or her CD on her Web site, or sites including,,, and others.

Radio Release - September 2, 2007

If you would like to hear Rachel Wearsch on your local npr, please give them a call.

WSCA-LP1 106.1 FM-Portsmith N.H.
(603) 430-9722

WFSS-91.9 FM-Fayetteville, N.C.
(910) 672-2032

KEXP 90.3 FM-Seattle, WA

KSER 90.7 FM-Everett, WA

WRRW 100.9 FM-Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 481-9572

Grateful Dread Public Radio-online streaming

WXOU-Rochester, MI
(248) 370-4274

WUSC Columbia, SC
(803) 777-5124

WBGU FM Bowling Green, OH
(419) 372-8810

Western's Public Radio-Bowling Green, KY

WAPS 91.3 Akron, OH
(330) 761-3098

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