Fiddle champ Georgia Rae
has discovered the magic of the loop pedal and opened a treasure trove of original material and a one-man show. Quirky and catchy, these songs will invade your life if you let them. Watch her build and give flight to song right before your eyes. Inspired by contemporary artists from the Avett Brothers to Mungo Jerry, and a jazzy feel to her bow, with her loop or her band, Georgia Rae’s music and love for life will follow you out the door and into the next day.
Georgia Rae Family Band
Kelly Jo and Georgia Rae, sisters and song writing duo from Richmond, IL, a small town on the WI border, about an hour west of Milwaukee anchor the GRFB. They are not the image that comes to mind when you hear the words “family band” at a bluegrass festival. They don’t don a homeschooled traditional sheltered lifestyle, nor does their music.
Georgia Rae Family Band has always pushed the envelope of traditional music. Their progressive sound inspired by a mix of Americana, contemporary folk and roots, and a little jazzy swing, all flavored with family harmony and youthful energy. Their original songs are clever and catchy. Fiddle champion Georgia Rae, lead singer/uke Kelly Jo, are joined by a solid driving rhythm “punk rockin’ momma” on guitar, Joe Burie on bass and Laura Lanza on mandolin. The family has played and traveled together since 2011. Georgia Rae is the 2016 National Twin Fiddle Champion (NOTFA, ID) and a state grand champion 7 times (IL, WI, MN). These girls have come of age and into their own.
Georgia Rae has won 7 state fiddle championship titles (WI, IL, MN), 5 state twin fiddle champion titles (MN, CO) and is the 2016 National Twin Fiddle Champion (NOTFA, ID). She has been performing before audiences with the Georgia Rae Family Band since 2011 at various venues such as the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Chicago Botanic Garden, Jackpine Jamboree, John Hartford Festival, and country fairs and festivals throughout the Midwest. Georgia Rae also hosts radio shows “Kicking Back with G Rae and Jacks” (WHIW, 101.3 Harvard, IL) and “Women in Rock” (WBSD 98.3, Burlington, WI)