at hotel cafe in LOS ANGELES

rachel and the band

and deeply complete. With her eight indie albums she has toured the country and shared the stage with some of her own songwriting heroes, savored her time as a true collaborator in her community, and stayed committed to keeping the creative channels open and sharing her work. Her latest album The State That We Are In has gained media attention for its tracks and accompanying videos that recently premiered in Americana Highways, Pop Matters, and American Blues Scene."

"Rachel Garlin is a nationally-touring singer-songwriter who writes “infectiously poignant music that resonates in a timeless way” (Glide Magazine). Her interest in people—their stories, struggles, and truths—is at the heart of her work. Garlin’s expansive repertoire ranges from groove tunes to ballads to full-banded rock songs, each one laced with her signature style of “denim and poetry” – threads of textures and experiences and conversations woven into songs that feel artfully succinct 


"Rachel Garlin is a nationally-touring singer-songwriter who writes “infectiously poignant music that resonates in a timeless way” (Glide Magazine). Her interest in people—their stories, struggles, and truths—is at the heart of her work. Garlin’s expansive repertoire ranges from groove tunes to ballads to full-banded rock songs, each one laced with her signature style of “denim and poetry” – threads of textures and experiences and conversations woven into songs that feel artfully succinct and deeply complete. With her eight indie albums she has toured the country and shared the stage with some of her own songwriting heroes, savored her time as a true collaborator in her community, and stayed committed to keeping the creative channels open and sharing her work. Her latest album The State That We Are In has gained media attention for its tracks and accompanying videos that recently premiered in Americana Highways, Pop Matters, and American Blues Scene."


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"Rachel Garlin’s connection to people’s stories, struggles, and truths, is at the heart of work; her signature songwriting style is “denim and poetry” threads of textures, experiences, and conversations woven into songs that are artfully succinct and deeply complete."

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"At times Garlin’s voice has the breathy quality of sixties-era French singers such as Francois Hardy and Sylvie Vartan."

Americana UK, 2022

"Garlin sings convincingly of frozen sundials and lemon-trees-gone-lazy in “Some Weights Are Hard to Bear” — from her most recent EP, The State That We Are In — a haunting song that speaks honestly about grief."

“Rachel Garlin's music harkens back to another era. Her poetic lyrics and acoustic guitar conjure up memories of great folk singer/songwriters from a generation ago such as Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell.”

–  Bay Area Reporter, 2020

“Storytelling at its best. "

Curve Magazine, 2020

“More than just a singer; she’s a storyteller with an infectious radiance about her that can enthrall an audience.”

"Rachel Garlin is songwriter’s songwriter who writes, 'finely etched songs that respect the folk tradition.'"

– SF Bay Guardian, 2020

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On stage, Garlin shows up to connect with live audiences and to share songs that iimbue their recognizable, everyday characters with dignity and magic, all the while writing “infectiously poignant music that resonates in a timeless way.” (Glide Magazine 2021) Her lyrics--literary, imagery-rich–are at the center of the work, and adeptly supported by bandmates and producers such as Jonny Flaugher and Julie Wolf, both of whom work closely with Garlin to place each song--each story--in a unique musical context while also creating a cohesive sound. Together they make albums (in the old-fashioned sense of the word) that are complete musical villages where each song is also a little snow-globe unto itself, a world to be stirred and settled.

Alone and tucked into her tiny writing-cave at home, or gathered with bandmates at a storied recording

“Holding it together is a metaphor / For someone trying not to fall apart / Like the bellows of a loosely hung accordion / That move against a tightly pleated heart” sings Rachel Garlin from the edge of the stage at Berkeley’s historic Freight and Salvage. Days later the singer-songwriter -meets-rock-troubadour is on a plane to Cambridge, MA kicking off an East Coast tour at Club Passim before skipping down to her old stomping grounds in NYC to play at the Rockwood. 

Garlin’s interest in people—their stories, struggles, and truths—is at the heart of her work. Her expansive repertoire ranges from groove tunes to ballads to full-banded rock songs, each one laced with her signature style of “denim and poetry”--threads of textures and experiences and conversations that she weaves into three-minute story songs that feel artfully succinct and deeply complete. 

With her eight indie albums she has toured the country and shared the stage with some of her own songwriting heroes, savored her time as a true collaborator in her community, and stayed committed to keeping the creative channels open and sharing her work. Her latest album The State That We Are In has gained media attention for its tracks and accompanying videos that recently premiered in Americana Highways, Pop Matters, and American Blues Scene. 

Rachel lives in San Francisco with her wife and kids."

studio in the Bay Area or L.A., Rachel starts her songs with improvised lyrics and melodies. Inspired by words themselves–the way they sound and the way they vibrate against her small-bodied guitar–her creative process leads to musical offerings that blend heartache and hope, social reflection and self-discovery. 

An inquisitive kid growing up in Berkeley, Rachel picked up her father’s Gibson J-50 so she could learn to strum songs she wanted to sing. After college, she traveled to the mountains of Guatemala to learn Spanish. “I started performing cover songs at the open mic at a local cafe, and eventually landed my first real gig where I played an original song, “Comunidad”--based on the community spirit that I experienced while traveling.” Since then, Garlin’s travels have taken her far and wide.

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“Holding it together is a metaphor / For someone trying not to fall apart / Like the bellows of a loosely hung accordion / That move against a tightly pleated heart” sings Rachel Garlin from the edge of the stage at Berkeley’s historic Freight and Salvage. Days later the singer-songwriter -meets-rock-troubadour is on a plane to Cambridge, MA kicking off an East Coast tour at Club Passim before skipping down to her old stomping grounds in NYC to play at the Rockwood. 

Garlin’s interest in people—their stories, struggles, and truths—is at the heart of her work. Her expansive repertoire ranges from groove tunes to ballads to full-banded rock songs, each one laced with her signature style of “denim and poetry”--threads of textures and experiences and conversations that she weaves into three-minute story songs that feel artfully succinct and deeply complete. 

On stage, Garlin shows up to connect with live audiences and to share songs that iimbue their recognizable, everyday characters with dignity and magic, all the while writing “infectiously poignant music that resonates in a timeless way.” (Glide Magazine 2021) Her lyrics--literary, imagery-rich–are at the center of the work, and adeptly supported by bandmates and producers such as Jonny Flaugher and Julie Wolf, both of whom work closely with Garlin to place each song--each story--in a unique musical context while also creating a cohesive sound. Together they make albums (in the old-fashioned sense of the word) that are complete musical villages where each song is also a little snow-globe unto itself, a world to be stirred and settled.

Alone and tucked into her tiny writing-cave at home, or gathered with bandmates at a storied recording studio in the Bay Area

or L.A., Rachel starts her songs with improvised lyrics and melodies. Inspired by words themselves–the way they sound and the way they vibrate against her small-bodied guitar–her creative process leads to musical offerings that blend heartache and hope, social reflection and self-discovery. 

An inquisitive kid growing up in Berkeley, Rachel picked up her father’s Gibson J-50 so she could learn to strum songs she wanted to sing. After college, she traveled to the mountains of Guatemala to learn Spanish. “I started performing cover songs at the open mic at a local cafe, and eventually landed my first real gig where I played an original song, “Comunidad”--based on the community spirit that I experienced while traveling.” Since then, Garlin’s travels have taken her far and wide.

With her eight indie albums she has toured

the country and shared the stage with some of her own songwriting heroes, savored her time as a true collaborator in her community, and stayed committed to keeping the creative channels open and sharing her work. Her latest album The State That We Are In has gained media attention for its tracks and accompanying videos that recently premiered in Americana Highways, Pop Matters, and American Blues Scene. 

Rachel lives in San Francisco with her wife and kids."

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