“Despite her cheery stage presence, Rachel Kate's powerhouse performance examines the raw nature and vulnerability of the human experience: residual hatred from a tumultuous relationship ("Hell is Your Home"), impotence spawned from face-value judgments ("Lost"), bittersweet revelations of growing up ("Dancin' Shoes"). Her album Rachel Kate with Love and Hate earned her a nod from local critics, and she was named the Americana/Rockabilly Artist of the Year by Charleston City Paper Music Awards in 2013.”
"[Rachel Kate] is an outstanding songwriter with a voice that stretches easily from folk to blues queen. Inevitably, at least once in her set, I’m wiping a tear away – because goddamn, that woman has rivers of wonder and pain in her voice. Her album, With Love and Hate, was chosen by Moonrunners as their top album of 2013…"
"subconsciously, I formed an idea about her based on her appearance and expected when she opened her mouth it’d be breathy, sweet, folksy. It wasn’t. The girl can howl... The biggest appeal, for me, was that she was interesting. Nothing about her style, the music, or the set was striving towards perfection. Everything was raw, all of it was real. Her voice is unpolished, ragged, beautiful, pure. She seemed equal parts sweet and evil…"
“#1 Rachel Kate "With Love and Hate" From the moment that this woman graced my living room and gave me an advance copy of this album, I knew that I somehow walked into something special. She is graceful, wild, beautiful, and above all, an amazing singer and songwriter. This album simply floors me, and has had no contention for the #1 spot of this list for many months. She is underrated and under appreciated. Rachel Kate will fuck you up. If you do not own this album, you are just goofy”
“Charleston, SC's Country/Americana/Rockabilly artist of the year and Singer/songwriter of the year 2013”
“The album reflects the absolute best of Rachel Kate–her versatility, passion, and ever-abundant soul are felt in every note sung and chord struck. There’s something for everyone on this album”
“Rachel Kate stands on her own as a charismatic and inspired singer, almost larger than life, even. The whole affair oozes individuality and even her nominal affiliation with folk really has nothing to do with the current bureaucracy of modern folk singers and its sometimes rigid definitions.”
“The 10-track Rachel Kate With Love and Hate features an eclectic blend of feisty folk, grungy blues, and classic country.”
“Much of Love and Hate is intensely emotional and stressed. Lyrically, Gillon’s characters (and she’s often her own protagonist) are strained and under pressure, emerging from damaged relationships, battling life’s cruel twists and disappointments. Several songs find their way out of the hate and into something more positive. It seems Gillon plucked the heart from her chest, tore it open, dumped the contents, and reassembled them with bleak honesty, wit, and love.”
“ "The CD has a little blues, rock, country, folk, and other bits and pieces mixed in. Mostly, it is a lot of Rachel Kate; her impressive voice and attitude... If you’re a fan of Shovels and Rope and are looking for a CD to tide you over until S&R’s next one, Rachel Kate with Love and Hate ought to do it for you. I wouldn’t put it past Gillian Welch or Neko Case fans to enjoy this either. Not to limit it to women-fronted bands, she could share a stage with Son Volt or Peter Case right now too."”
"Authenticity is the first thing to love about the artist who performs simply as “Rachel Kate.” The stage persona whose music swings from PJ Harvey-style punk tension to melodic Americana folk is the same woman on the street. The persona is not a persona, but the charismatic article in the flesh."
"Rachel Kate plays with many different styles and influences, but, her sound is pure original. I have truly not heard anything like this album ever. If you have not heard her name yet, I gureentee you she will turn some heads when the album is out."
"Rachel Kate's Kickstarter is up and running"
“First, the incredibly gifted Rachel Kate Gillon opened with an acoustic set of her original material that raised goosebumps on top of goosebumps”
"Solo Album in the works..."
"In person, Gillon is a down to earth, talented gal who makes you feel at ease. On stage, she is energetic and engaging..."
“Interview and song for "College of Charleston Magazine”
"Rachel Kate's Debut is in the Works"
"The Unchained Tour" interview