Rachel Ries

Daughter of Mennonite missionaries, Rachel Ries hails from the inspiring, vast expanses of South Dakota, by way of Zaire. Her formative years were filled with Congolese spirituals, Mennonite hymns and her mom singing her to sleep with The Carpenters. Currently splitting her time between rural Vermont and New York City, this year saw Ries return from a years-long hiatus with her third long player, Ghost of a Gardener.

Ghost of a Gardener has been warmly received across North America and Europe by the likes of UNCUT, NPR, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Exclaim and Daytrotter. Rachel Ries ("reese") has recorded with Anais Mitchell, Gregory Alan Isakov(feat. on “Ghost of a Gardener”), Jeremy Messersmith and through extensive touring with Anais Mitchell, toured supporting Bon Iver and others. She was granted a Chicago Arts award in 2010, worked in Chicago theatre, toured Europe and the States, learned how to repair Wurlitzers and (kind of) play the drums.


Ries ensnares the listener in a gorgeous web of silvery vocals, homey fingerpicking and literary lyrics.

– Acoustic Guitar

The songs she heard as a kid-­‐everything from Mennonite hymns to The Carpenters-­‐have a presence in her music, which is folksy, upbeat and recalls another era.

– USA Today

Canada, Ireland & Australia Media
Canada: +1 (647) 965-1516
Ireland: +353 (0) 12548515

US Media - Brendan Gilmartin
+1 (347) 450-3048

UK Print & Online Media
+44 (0)7768 605 810
+44 (0)20 8743 8171

UK National & Regional Radio
+44 (0) 207 407 5699 +44
(0) 7909 901 322

Label enquiries for Canada, Ireland & Australia

Label enquiries for the US & ROW

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Rachel Ries / SoDak Records
PO Box 182
Montpelier, VT

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