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Kitchen tables, springs, loss, miners, mountains, culture clash, stray dogs, loggers, hope, forest fires—Rita Hosking's country-folk music is this and more, and always fierce and lovely. "From the first time I heard Rita sing, her voice gripped me and did not let go," (Joe Craven.)
That voice, called a "soulful howl from the mountains" (California Bluegrass Association) is calling attention around the country. "This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family's frontier experience," (FestivalPreview.com.) A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the voice.
Rita's songs have been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Honors include "Best Country Album" in the 2010 Independent Music Awards, winner of the '08 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, "Best Female Artist, 2009" in Austin's 3rd Coast Music Magazine, finalist in the '09 Telluride Troubadour Contest, and others as well. She has played her songs for appreciative listeners at the Strawberry, Kate Wolf, and Live Oak Music Festivals, plus many more. "There’s a grit to her songs and sinewy toughness to her voice that weave their own spell," (Q Magazine.)
Come Sunrise, a collection of 11 original songs and Rita's third album, was recorded in Austin, Texas with producer and guitarist Rich Brotherton (Robert Earl Keen.) "Superb country-folk from a brilliant singer-songwriter," (Americana UK.) In addition to her '07 Silver Stream and '05 Are You Ready? featuring members of her band "Cousin Jack," Come Sunrise completes a collection of well received recordings.
Rita performs solo, duo or trio, and often as a quartet called "Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack," –Rita on guitar, Sean Feder on banjo, dobro, bass and guitar, Andy Lentz on fiddle, and Bill Dakin on bass and guitar.