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Local folk duo Rye Baby, featured in this publication back in May, has been hard at work with new tunes, a new album and some new friends to share the stage with on July 31 at Rhythm & Brews. Jennifer and Callie will be joined Thursday night by Emily Bonn and the Vivants as well as California transplant Megan Saunders, renowned for her work with banjo and mandolin.
Emily Bonn and the Vivants are dropping in as part of their Sweet, Sunny South tour. The San Francisco-based Western Swing band boasts a list of stylistic influences that include honky tonk, swing and Cajun, served up with a modern twist. Band leader Bonn, having practiced her chops in country stores, subways and Belgian prisons, is now swimmingly prepared for a Chattanooga crowd.
Saunders, formerly of Santa Cruz, recently moved to the Scenic City and will be looking to establish herself here with some hefty bluegrass chops and sharp songwriting skills.
Rye Baby has begun production of their newest album, Cowboy Chords, a work they have designated “release-as-we-go”. Individual tracks will be made available as they are finished (there are currently two posted) through their Bandcamp page with physical hard copies available once the album is complete.
On July 31 at Rhythm & Brews, doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. and there is a $7 cover at the door for some of the best Americana/folk/Western music the area has to offer.