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Kasey Rausch / Press

“An old photograph in Kasey Dawn Rausch ’s family depicts her grandmother with trombone, Aunt Delores at a piano, and her great-grandfather with a banjo. A sign in the background reads “Home Sweet Home.” The image confirms that musical influences have spanned generations in the Rausch family. Rausch lives up to this family tradition as a self-described “music maker.” She draws on this rich heritage while crafting her own approach to the heartfelt storytelling that inhabits her songs. The title of her first CD, Born Near the Waters, refers to her origins as a Kansas City native. Musically, Rausch dips into the Americana traditions of folk and bluegrass, but also taps the inner well of stories drawn from her experiences in Texas and the Midwest.... ”

“At least once a week, Kasey Rausch strums her rustic folk tones somewhere in the two-state area. She has regular haunts (Prospero's, Davey's and Rural Grit at the Brick), but she saves space for oddball outlying venues (the Pizza Shoppe in Savannah, Missouri). Like her upcoming Cup and Saucer set, most of Rausch's concerts charge no cover. Her debut disc, Born Near the Waters, recorded last summer in New Orleans, gives grateful fans a way to repay Rausch for her gratis gigs. Dallas Jones, an Ozark-spawned bluegrass daredevil, adds even more value to this weekend's finest free show.”

“Rausch clearly has music in her veins, her grandparents and her great-grandparents were musical and that talent was passed down to Kasey’s parents. “I have such fond memories of even before we moved to Texas in ‘79. We lived just off Melody Lane and the family would come over to our house to make music. I have great memories of just lying in the middle of the living room floor, surrounded by everybody and falling asleep, or tucked up on the couch while everybody is making music and having fun.” ”

“This is Americana music with all it regional distinction, unfiltered by corporate radio's homogenization. Radio aims for the masses and its' aim is usually bad. Kasey's songs aim for the heart and Cupid rides shotgun on her shoulder. She is Americana not by choice, but because it is in her blood or came with her like the color of her eyes. Do I know her? Am I a relative? No, unfortunately, we have never met. But I'm sure we will - the world ain't such a big town anymore. SEE YA!”