Introducing Rachel Burge and Blue Dawning

Rachel Burge and Blue DawningA few months ago we covered the break-up of West Virginia’s No One You Know, who had announced their dissolution at the end of the 2012 season. They had recorded two albums, most recently Calm Before the Storm, released on Mountain Fever in 2010.

Now we learn that two members of the band, Rachel Burge and Lance Gainer, have teamed up in a new group, Rachel Burge and Blue Dawning. Rachel is on mandolin and Gainer on guitar, with Rita “Nessie” Hunt on banjo and Rick Westerman on bass.

Their repertoire will consist primary of Burge singing her original music, along with songs from Westerman, mixed with classic and contemporary bluegrass material. Blue Dawning is working dates now as a four-piece, with plans to add a fiddle player down the road.

After working for several years in an all-male environment, Rachel says that she is glad to have another female voice beside her on stage.

“Nessie sings some lead and high tenor, and has a driving banjo style. Rick has a very tasteful, traditional bluegrass voice and he’s able to sing lead, low harmony, and also high tenor and is a strong bass player. Lance has been my bandmate since the beginning of No One You Know, and I’m glad to have his great guitar playing in my band.”

Keep up with Rachel Burge and Blue Dawning on Facebook or, Rachel’s web site.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.

  • Casey

    Is it really “Clam Before the Storm?” Because that’s an awesome title!!

    • No, “Clam Before The Storm” is an obscure song about a bluegrass bivalve who escapes from a hurricane with the asstance of a fiddler crab.

      • David Morris

        But it’s bluegrass, so the song takes a tragic turn at the end, and both the clam and the fiddler crab get eaten by a bass.

  • That would be an awesome title, but alas. Just a stumblefinger move on my part.

  • Dennis Jones

    She’s a real Triple Threat. Singer/Songwriter/Mando Mashers. Great songs on her solo CD and great production work.