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Rachel Krause

Rachel Krause
Rachel Krause is a writer, graphic designer, and oldtime musician based in Kansas City, Missouri. She loves combining her deep love for history and traditional music with her journalism and community-building background to support the oldtime community around the world.


Gimme that Old-Time Rhythm

At first, as I was coming to love oldtime music as an adult, I found it curious that percussion and rhythm instruments seemed to play such a minor role. Having played the drums while growing up in California in the 1970s,...

Tricia Spencer: interview + tunes

Like all performers and teaching musicians, Tricia Spencer’s life looks a lot different this year. While she’d typically be in the middle of festival season and travelling to oldtime camps around the country to teach and perform alongside her musical collaborator...

Sourwood Mountain: oldtime fiddle lesson with Craig Judelman

Oldtime fiddler Craig Judelman teaches the classic Sourwood Mountain, similar to versions by Clark Kessinger, Ernie Carpenter and Albert Hash, but one he's made his own. It's a fun tune to jam out on and even learn a few of the lyrics....

Katherine Jackson French: Kentucky’s Forgotten Ballad Collector

Congratulations on publishing your new book, “Katherine Jackson French: Kentucky’s Forgotten Ballad Collector” (University Press of Kentucky). Who was Katherine Jackson French? Katherine Jackson French was a remarkable woman. She was born in London, Kentucky in 1875, earned a...

Online Old Time Banjo Festival Part 2: An interview with the organizers

Back at the beginning of May, we gave you information about the Online Oldtime Banjo Festival, hosted by Brad Kolodner and Cathy Fink. Although it was meant as an online alternative to the Mike Seeger Commemorative Old Time Banjo Festival, it...