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Rae Billing and The Unpayables
WALLS & FENCES

After five more years, Rae released her fourth alt-country album. Fluid and passionate, her lyrics and music cut to the bone...

Rae's band, The Unpayables, included Andrew Aldridge on electric guitar, Matt Coleman on violin/fiddle, K. Michael Hickey on bass, Nick Burson on drums. For the album, producer Mike Birthelmer played piano and guitars and brought in stellar talent Ed Roth on accordian and organs, plus backup vocalists Wayne Krawchuk and Tom Cowles. With a wealth of experience, the musicians create a groove and sound that perfectly suits Rae's southern style.

 



#1 ALBUM PICK for April - "A cross between Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt, Hamilton's Rae Billing's current disc is captivating from start to finish."
Andy Connelly
Penguin Eggs, Alberta

"The opening track, 'Walking On By', has the makings of an all time classic in this genre, and the following ballads 'To Keep' and 'And Pretend' - which gave us goosebumps - are what we'd recommend for those interested in truly great alt-country music."
Freddy Cellis
Rootstime, Belgium

"...rooted in the unusual intensity, emotional profundity of Billing's material."
Patrick Langston
Penguin Eggs, Alberta

"Powerfully poetic songs."
Kerry Doole
All Canadian Music, Toronto

RAE BILLING
and the Unpayables
Walls and Fences
Produced by Michael J. Birthelmer
© 2013 HUG-MUSIC Inc.


Blue Black Night Album RAE BILLING
Blue Black Night

Rae's third album a stellar recording in which the 'alt' nature of Rae's music is especially apparent on "No Closer," which follows in the footsteps of Gram Parson's "Sin City" to create a riveting commentary on the times, and "Shatter," which peals back the skin to reveal a small agony. On "The Dream" Garth Hudson (The Band) lends his trembling Rhodes accompaniment and the song is beautifully dark and spacious.

Rae again works with one of Canada's most powerful producers, Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies, Holly Cole, Oh Susannah) and good friends, Cleave Anderson (Blue Rodeo, The Battered Wives, The Screwed) on drums, Steve Koch (Demics, Handsome Ned, Ron Sexsmith) on guitar, Derrick Brady (Dodge Fiasco, Hawksley Workman) on bass, along with Greg Clarke (The Corndogs, The Madvarks) and reuniting with Lucky Pete Lambert (Kensington Hillbillies, The Trojans and Crybaby) on backup vocals. Maud Hudson also provides backup on "Personal Jesus".

"There is a depth to her songs few contemporaries have yet to hone." Jason MacNeil, All Music Guide.

 
LISTEN HERE...
(Song Samples)

Blue Black Night
No Closer
Covering Ground

REVIEWS

"Superb stuff."
Kerry Doole
Exclaim Magazine, Toronto
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"There is a depth to Billing's voice that reaches into the soul and it's complemented perfectly by Steve Koch's guitarwork."
Graham Rockingham
Hamilton Spectator, Toronto
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"There are not many albums that catch you by the throat as this one does... Blue Black Night is such a rare moment."
Freddy Celis
Rootstime, Belgium
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"If you are looking for a purely great, soulful album that adds even more credibility to alternative country, then buying Blue Black Night wouldn't be a foolish thing to do."
Maverick Magazine, UK
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RAE BILLING
Blue Black Night
Produced by Peter J. Moore
© 2008 HUG-MUSIC Inc.
Licensed to Other People's Music


Rae Billing Album RAE BILLING
Self-titled

Again, Billing's songs and voice are laudable. Greg Quill of the Toronto Star notes her "personal lyrics colour narratives about lives enlarged and reduced by love or not enough of it..." and describes her voice as a "remarkably fluid instrument, honest and pure, assured and desperate at the same time."

Rae again worked with noted Toronto producer Peter J. Moore who suggested recruiting an elite roster of musicians for the album: Kevan McKenzie on drums, Peter Cardinali on bass, Dave McMorrow on keys, Rick Whitelaw and Rob Philipp on guitar (their credits include Anne Murray, James Taylor, Rough Trade and Sylvia Tyson among others).

The album received critical praise and led Rae across the pond to a tour of southern England.

 
LISTEN HERE...
(Song Samples)

Ribbons On The Wind
Art
Walking In A Dream

REVIEWS

"Fresh as ever... full of wide open spaces and bittersweet emotions"
Mary Dickie
EYE Magazine, Toronto
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"An astonishingly assured solo debut."
John Sakamoto
The Toronto Sun/CANOE
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"With her late night pan-Americana rootsy ballads, she handles somewhat dreamy, occasionally ghostly narratives about lives damaged by love or not enough of it with gutsy feminity... recommended to those who like great songwriting and excellent vocals."
Alan Cackett
MAVERICK Magazine, UK
(to Article)

RAE BILLING
Self-titled
Produced by Peter J. Moore
© 2001 HUG-MUSIC Inc.
Licensed to Other People's Music


Crybaby Album

CRYBABY
Paintings

Together just three years, Toronto's Crybaby played music sometimes described as soul country.

There is a straightforward quality to Rae Billing's songwriting and singing. Her style is distinct, somewhat akin to the songwriters of Austin, Texas. And Rae's voice has been described as rich and pining, even shiver-inducing.

The music was provided by a strong cast: Clive MacNutt on lead guitar and Rhodes (Busted Flush, ex-Nils), Richard Gregory on bass, backup vocals (The Lawn), who also penned the beautiful "I'm Not Here Tonight" track, and Pete Lambert on drums, backup vocals and viola (Trojans, Rivals). Veteran 'local hero' Steve Koch (Handsome Ned, the Demics, Ron Sexsmith) added his guitar texture.

Crybaby's sole recording Paintings was produced by Peter J. Moore who is known for the unique warmth of his recordings. On this album, MacNutt's freeflowing guitar style underscores Rae's frank expressions of vulnerability and desire, pulling the songs ever closer to the bone.

The album won critical acclaim and Crybaby was hailed as providing one of the 'notable moments' at the SXSW Music and Media conference.

Crybaby's video for the single 'Underground', produced by Rob Gray (art director of two Blue Rodeo videos and winner of a Genie Award for Best Art Direction for the movie, "Falling Angels".) received nation-wide airplay through Canada's CMT Network.

 
LISTEN HERE...
(Song Samples)

Visiting
Seven & Seven
Underground
WATCH HERE...
(Videos)

Underground


Seven & Seven

REVIEWS

Chosen one of the top three country albums of 1996 (along with Lyle Lovett and Blackie and the Rodeo Kings)
by EYE Magazine, Toronto.
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"It's a rare and beautiful thing, a country-cool album full of tasty guitar, laid-back vocals and sweet sad songs."
Tony Evans
Shift Magazine, Toronto
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"A Texas-twisted amalgam of folk and rock modes connected at an unhurried pace by Billing's forelorn vocal delivery... equal parts Lucinda Williams and Paula Frazier... (Producer) Moore helps create a stark old-timey presence while maintaining a contemporary richness making Crybaby's delightful debut that much more impressive."
Tim Perlich
NOW Magazine, Toronto
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CRYBABY
Paintings
Produced by Peter J. Moore
© 1996 HUG-MUSIC Inc.
Licensed to Other People's Music


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