Rachel Ries is a songwriter, performer, and multi-instrumentalist who plays piano, guitar, drums and whatever else sounds right at the time. She has released three records, can be found in the credits of many more, and has toured her songs and band around the world. During a recent two-year hiatus from touring, Rachel began applying her music to theater, film and teaching as well as learning how to play the drums. Ries’ first record, For You Only, was released on Waterbug records in 2005. Her sophomore release, Without a Bird (2007), was self-released on both CD & LP through her own label, SoDak Records. In 2008 Righteous Babe Records released country ep, a split vinyl 45' of country duets she created along with good friend and musician, Anaïs Mitchell. As of late, Ries has begun the process of a new album and has been spending time on the road with Mitchell as a back-up singer, drummer and keys player. This year finds Rachel steadily shifting and finding ways to live a sustainable, musical and grounded life.