Rayna Gellert grew up in a musical family, and has spent most of her life immersed in the sounds of rural stringband music, heartfelt gospel songs, and old ballads. After honing her fiddle skills playing at jam sessions and square dances, Rayna fell into a life of traveling and performing. From 2003 through 2008, Rayna was a member of the acclaimed stringband Uncle Earl, with whom she released two albums on Rounder Records and toured like mad. In 2012, Rayna released her first solo album, ‘Old Light: Songs from my Childhood & Other Gone Worlds,’ on StorySound Records.
Kieran Kane is a Top Ten songwriter and performer who has decades of experience as a musical storyteller and collaborator. After mixed experience as an artist on the Atlantic label, Kieran joined with friends to create the Dead Reckoning Records collective. He is also a talented visual artist.
For Rayna’s follow-up solo effort, her 2017 release, ‘Workin’s Too Hard,’ she teamed up with Kieran Kane to pare back the creative process with an end product that is fresh and filled with an energy that the freedom of simplicity provides.
Rayna and Kieran visited BeeHive Productions Studio in Saranac Lake, New York in March, 2017 to perform recent collaborations, including one from Kieran’s 2016 EP, ‘Unguarded Moments’, the title track to ‘Workin’s Too Hard, and a new song.