Independent. Originally released on MudStomp Records 2014. Currently only available on BANDCAMP or at live shows.
Debuting at #3 on Roots Music Reporting charts and voted one of the top three Folk albums in Kansas City by readers of The Pitch, KC’s weekly entertainment guide, this album has full cast of musicians joining Kasey for a ride through folk, bluegrass and straight up country music. “Guitar in Hand” is the first release since Rausch’s hiatus after the release of her 2007 album. Guest musicians include Betse Ellis, Clarke Wyatt, (Betse & Clarke) Chad Graves (The Hillbenders), Molly Healey (Brad Cunningham Band), Chad Brothers (Old Sound), Chris DeVictor and Caleb Gardner (Konza Swamp Band), Jimmy Campbell (Driven), Kim Rausch (Kasey’s sister), Ethan Ridings (Kasey’s cousin). Closing the record are four songs backed by classic country honky tonkers, The Naughty Pines which included at that time: Marco Pascolini (The Country Duo), Richard Burgess (Hadacol), Sam Platt (Douglas County Quintet) and Patrick Devany (Jaykco Guitar Straps). Co-produced by Kasey Rausch & Mikal Shapiro (Shapiro Brothers). Acoustic tracks recorded and mixed by Rob Nold Audio. The Naughty Pines recorded and mixed by Sam Platt. All songs mastered by Rob Nold Audio.
All songs written by Kasey Rausch except:
“Moonshiner’s Dream” – Kasey Rausch & Scott Stanton
“Just an Old Man” – Johnny Mullins
“Guitar in Hand puts Rausch at the front of the local folk scene. The arrangements are both elaborate and elemental; if the swooning fiddle on “Sweet Missouri” doesn’t inspire some love for your home state, nothing will. And Rausch’s voice settles easily around spirited bluegrass (“Moonshiner’s Dream”) and twangy country (“My Piney Wood Home”), showing the influence of both Alison Krauss and Emmylou Harris as well as a new maturity. Hers is a voice you trust to tell the truth, a voice you can hear singing lullabies, a shield that protects against the darkness. It’s a long way from working retail to an album like Guitar in Hand. Rausch knows that.” – Natalie Gallagher, The Pitch Kansas City
“Guitar in Hand” is an album about place: where you’re from and where your heart belongs. It’s also a confirmation that Rausch is back where she belongs — making music. Because that’s obviously where her heart is.” — Tim Finn, The Kansas City Star
“…what makes this album special is core to Rausch’s voice and vision, a perspective forged out of four generations of musicians playing all along the hilly green corridor that connects her current Parkville home to her roots in the Ozarks and East Texas. Rausch’s voice, and the music that surrounds it, is proficient but not showy. Everything is in service to the mood of the moment or the spirit of the song — for her, two interchangeable concepts.” – Danny Alexander, KCUR 89.3 FM 2015. Read the full review.
“Received My CD and listened to it. Excellent Work!!!!!!!!.. Also what an excellent group of musicians You have gathered around You. I really like the steel guitar work.” — Kickstarter Backer (Paul)