By Jesse Bertel

Nashville-based singer, songwriter, banjo, guitar and fiddle player Rachel Baiman brings her solo show to Prescott. She will be performing at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, in the Crystal Hall on the third floor of the Elks Performing Arts Center, 117 E. Gurley St., Prescott.

Baiman moved to Nashville from Chicago at 18 and has spent the past decade working as a musician in a wide variety of roles. Her unique brand of folk music is influenced by old-time, indie rock and bluegrass.

“With traditional music, it’s kind of special because it belongs to everybody and also to nobody at the same time, so that’s like, one of my favorite things,” she said. “I write and play original music, so I’m kind of just drawing on those traditions in order to, you know, talk about my own thoughts and opinions. There’s a song I wrote on my new record called ‘Old Songs Never Die’ and that’s all about why I love folk music.”

Fiddle music was her first love, and she is known in the bluegrass and old-time world for her work with progressive acoustic duo, 10-string symphony with fiddle player Christian Sedelmyer.

“I started playing fiddle as a kid and I just happened to have a mentor I ran into who taught violin and fiddle just a few blocks from my house in Chicago,” Baiman said. “He got me started on the fiddle. Then I got really into it and started going to camps and workshops in other parts of the country where there were more fiddle players and more things happening. That led me to move to Nashville to pursue the fiddle. That’s where I really got into songwriting and started playing banjo and guitar and all those things.”

On “Common Nation of Sorrow,” Baiman’s third album, she tells stories of capitalism and the individual and communal devastation it manifests. Several of the tracks off her new record have already been added to “The Pulse of Americana,” “Indie Bluegrass” and other playlists.

“It came out in March, and it’s a lot about the way that I see American capitalism affecting individual lives,” she said. “It’s kind of talking about a framework, political and economic framework, but it’s really just stories about people, trying to kind of get at the personal interaction with that very big, kind of, cold sounding problem.”

Sociopolitical topics being a recurring theme in her music, Baiman draws inspiration from personal experience.

“I like to write about political things from a personal standpoint,” Baiman said. “My first album was called ‘Shame’ and there was a lot of kind of songs about the female experience on that. So, there were a few different songs about power dynamics in relationships and songs about abortion rights.”

For more information about Rachel Baiman, visit

For tickets to the performance, call 928-756-2844, or visit

Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Facebook @ Jesse Bertel, email him at, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.

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