Northern California seems like another country sometimes. The mighty Mount Shasta looms into view, you start seeing references to the State of Jefferson, and you nod to long-bearded trapper/miner dudes in ancient pickups. And the music gets good. Those people know the difference between Bill Monroe and Britney.
On her new release Come Sunrise, singer-songwriter Rita Hosking reflects her upbringing in rural Shasta County. Her breed of Nor Cal country folk ain’t quite old-timey, and it ain’t quite bluegrass, but damn it’s sweet. For fans of Emmylou and Gillian, this one’s a safe bet. The songs of Rita Hoskings are as fragile as a newborn baby, and defiant as a West Virginia coal miner. Here are “Come Sunrise” and “Promise Land” from Come Sunrise, and a bonus video. Enjoy!
LISTEN: Come Sunrise (MP3)
LISTEN: Promise Land (MP3)