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Rainbow Girls is a group of 5 (sometimes 6) female musicians who write and perform original material with roots in folk, americana, gypsy, funk, soul, and rock n'roll. In addition to their soaring 4 part harmonies, these ladies switch back and forth amongst a multitude of instruments including, but not limited to: acoustic and electric guitar, ukelele, accordion, harmonica, banjolele, mandolin, dulcimer, bass, cello, keys, melodica, recorder, kazoo, washboard, djembe, drum kit, and stomp-tap percussion. Born in an underground open mic night held at Rainbow House, called "Bean Night," they began as an acoustic act, busking around the farmers markets of Santa Barbara before hitting the streets of Europe for a summer of couch surfing, busking, and traveling by the skin of their teeth. Since their return, they have evolved into an electric gypsy-americana-stomp-folk band, complete with drums, bass, and a whole lotta stompin'. They are known to put on one hell of a show, whether it be at festivals across Europe and the US, busking in the alleys and markets of a foreign country, or lighting up the stage at a venue or tavern near you. Don't miss Rainbow Girls, acoustic or electric.
*Sounds like: CSNY, Monsters of Folk, Dr. Dog, Fleet Foxes, CCR, The Band, Devil Makes Three, Gogol Bordello, & Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions
*Influences: Creedence Clearwater, Grateful Dead, CSNY, The Beatles, The Band, Derek & the Dominos, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, The Allman Brothers, Sly & the Family Stone, Devil Makes Three, Monsters of Folk, Dr. Dog, Gogol Bordello, Broken Social Scene, Of Montreal, Old Crow Medicine Show, Edward Sharpe, Beirut, Tilly & the Wall, and Fleet Foxes.
The Epic Story:
Adding colors to the duo Red & Yellow (Caitlin Gowdey & Erin Chapin), Rainbow Girls loosely formed in 2010 with the addition of Cheyenne Methmann (Green) and Vanessa May (Violet), playing at a weekly underground open-mic in Isla Vista, California, at the unofficial housing coop known as Rainbow House. In December 2010, they set off for a week long self-recording camping trip to Joshua Tree and Big Bear Mountain, where they made their very own 5 song demo. At the end of January, after only a few shows, Rainbow Girls was put on hold while one of the gals skipped town to study abroad in Rome. Impatient, the three remaining members followed suit in June, and the group of four spent the summer of 2011 busking and couch surfing their way around Europe, playing gigs and spreading music throughout Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, the Netherlands, and France. Fifteen cities, six countries, four self-recorded audio tapes, two French recording studios, and 1 deportation later, they found themselves back in Santa Barbara with a much needed drummer -Savannah Hughes (Blue)- and the beginnings of a whole new sound. Since then they have toured the western half of the US extensively, playing festivals and opening for bands like ALO, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Brothers Comatose, and the California Honeydrops. In May 2013, they released their first official studio album, "The Sound of Light," featuring 16 original tracks and funded by almost 200 friends, fans, and family members. That summer the gals returned to Europe and the UK, but this time with a van, a tour manager, an album, and a legitimate list of gigs and festivals lined up. After returning to the US in September, the girls decided to take the winter to make money, work on new material, and gear up to tour both the US and Europe again in the Spring and Summer of 2014. They are now back home in California, working on their second album, expected out in Spring of 2015.
*Download their first studio album "The Sound of Light" (released May 2013) @ www.rainbowgirlsmusic.com