Folksy and bluegrass without being too country, Wink at July (April 21) shows off both Rachel Garlin’s superb songwriting and her rich, warm voice. Garlin lives in San Francisco with her wife and two sons, and her commitment to community and family shows in the vivid pictures she paints in songs like “Gwendolyn Said” and “Stranded.” Garlin’s voice sounds both familiar and unique to the ear, and the lyrics of her songs stimulate the imagination into creating vignettes that are poignant and real, inviting the listener to experience a memory along with her. Details at rachelgarlin.com. —Bradley Donalson
Bradley Donalson is a frequent contributor to OutSmart magazine.
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