When Rachel Angel sings “I wanna be a renegade,” she is speaking to the experience of personal transformation and resilience, like putting on a protective coat of armor to meet the world with grace and courage. While the songs on the EP were inspired by the spirit of outlaw country, her sense of the outlaw is metaphorical rather than literal. These songs are about taking the unconventional artists path, and staring in the face of danger, fear, and pain. In her latest EP “Highway Songs,” the country-folk troubadour takes the listener on a wild journey— physical, emotional, spiritual, and everywhere in between.
These songs were written in the midst of a harrowing time for Angel— she was physically sick with an auto-immune disease, self-quarantined in her Brooklyn apartment, writing at a feverish pace. She reflected on her recent travels, both as a touring musician, and time spent in Mexico during a 7.1 earthquake with her family.
"Highway Songs" was recorded live in two days with an all star lineup at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, NY.
released August 21, 2020
Rachel Angel - Vocals/Guitar
Brian Betancourt - Bass
Sam Owens - Lead Guitar/Keys
Noah Hecht - Drums
Dan Iead - Pedal Steel Guitar
Clyde Daley - Trumpet on “Mexico”
All songs written by Rachel Angel (BMI)
Recorded at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, NY
Engineered and Mixed by Sam Owens
Additional overdubs by Fred Freeman at The Dungeon Recording Studio in Miami, FL
Mastered by Alex Saltz at APS Mastering
Cover photo by Kai Marks
Design by Deming King Harriman
Thanks to Olivia Mertz, Malcom Macduffie, Zach Rosenberg, Corey Perez, Arielle Angel, Fred Freeman, Brian Bentancourt & the band, Ira Gamerman, Ryan Boyle, Scott Brennan, Public Works family, and my Bubbie, Shirley Cohen