“Kasey Rausch is the most prominent member of a new generation of dedicated folk musicians in Kansas City.” – KCUR 89.3 FM 2014
“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 2014
“…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 HERE.
‘“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 2014
“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.” — Paul (Kickstarter Backer) 2014
Musical Pair: Kasey Rausch & Mikal Shapiro – December 19, 2014 Read and Listen to the KCUR 89.3 interview HERE.