Like McCartney (whose dad happened to have been a member of the Beatles), Rachel comes from a famous family. Her mother is actress Kathleen Turner, who starred in such 1980s hit motion pictures as “Peggy Sue Got Married” and “Body Heat.”
But it is Rachel who is making entertainment news at the moment with her sultry recording “Dear Love.” Singer-songwriter Weiss is going to surprise a lot of people. For years she kept inside her soulfully prodigious musicianship—a dizzying blend of robust and honeyed vocals, and sensual songwriting. Until now. With newfound self-belief, Rachel Ann Weiss steps forward with the mesmerizing debut album, “Dear Love.” “I waited a long time to make an album because I just wasn’t confident,” Rachel says. “In high school I was really quiet. And when I did play in a band in college, I kept my amp really low.” But when her old bandmate Josh Paul—immortalized in the album track “Ballad Of Joshua Paul”—heard some of her solo demos, he was floored. “I remember he said ‘Stop the train! These are too good!’ That was a turning point for me,” she recalls.
“Dear Love” is stately and confessional, an album of informed by those introspective moments after love is lost and you’re getting back on your feet. “Dear Love” was produced by Mason Jar Music, a production company featuring members of the highly regarded jam-funk band Flearoy. The album is vibrantly vintage, boasting crisp fidelity and masterfully classic R&B ensemble playing. Rachel went to high school and guitar camp with Mason Jar Music co-founder/Flearoy guitarist Dan Knobler.
Tickets for Rachel Ann Weiss’ show at the Colebrook Country Club on Route 26 are $15 each and now on sale at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., in Colebrook, and at the door on the night of the concert. The show is sponsored by the Great North Woods Committee for the Arts, which is serving up a host of headline concerts at various venues around the region. For the latest information on this and other GNWCA shows, visit www.gnwca.org or call 237-9302 or 246-8998.