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Published on August 14th, 2013 | by Ballard Lesemann


Tickets on Sale for the Rachel Kate Album Release Show

After a busy year of writing, arranging, recording, and fundraising, Lowcountry songwriter Rachel Kate (Rachel Kate Gillon) is finally ready to release her new solo album Rachel Kate, With Love and Hate in September. She and her backing band are booked for a big CD release show at the Charleston Music Hall on Sat. Sept. 14.

Rachel Kate (formerly of local indie rock band the Shaniqua Brown) toured around the Southeast last year with the literary Unchained Tour alongside fellow Charleston musician Joel T. Hamilton. She also performed a series of shows with local string combo the Local Honeys and as a duo with drummer/guitarist Antoine Dukes. Between shows, she booked studio time at the Jam Room studio in Columbia with engineers Jay Matheson and Jamey Rogers.

Gillon brought in drummer Steve Sancho (of Columbia band Say Brother), bassist Brad Edwardson (of the Flat Foot Floozies, the Royal Tinfoil, Local Honeys), cellist Diego Villena, vocalist/ukulele player Sarah Bandy (of the Local Honeys), and other guests for the sessions. All together, they tracked and mixed 10 of Gillon’s latest original pieces.


Rachel Kate (photo by Andrew Walker)

“It’s a real growing experience for me, getting to write and record like this,” Rachel Kate told Metronome Charleston as the sessions wrapped up. “I treated the Shaniqua Brown songs and these songs like two totally different entities. I’m not really conscious of how they might have influenced each other. I learned a lot through recording traveling and selling merchandise with that band.”

Rachel Kate raised more than $9,000 via a Kickstarter campaign to pay for the production of the debut solo album. Rachel Kate, With Love and Hate will be available for purchase on Sept. via iTunes and, and available on CD via

In mid-July and early August, Gillon and Dukes toured out West to Montana and back, sharing stages with Filthy Still (from Rhode Island) and others along the way. Dukes and others from the sessions plan to back Rachel Kate at the Charleston Music on Sept. 14 as well.

“I should have almost everyone that was on the album playing at the show at the Charleston Music Hall,” she says. “It feels amazing to have the album finished. It’s been a year since I recorded the dang thing! I’m still waiting on vinyl, but that should be here soon.”

Gillon’s CD release show will also feature opening sets by Jordan Igoe and the Kernal, a trad-country combo from Jackson, Tenn. (not far from Gillon’s hometown of Nashville). Advance tickets for the show go on sale Aug. 14 for $12.50. Admission will be $15 at the door on the day of the show.

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Top photo by Andrew Walker.



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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.

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