Peter Bradley Adams was formerly one half of the duo, Eastmountainsouth, signed by Robbie Robertson (of The Band) to DreamWorks Records in 2002. Since then, Peter has released four solo records as well as an EP with his side project, "Down Like Silver". He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Balancing fragility and strength, introspection and unblinking observation, Oakland singer, songwriter, and pianist Rachel Efron sets her lambent, poetically charged lyrics to soft, caressing melodies. -- Andrew Gilbert, SF Chronicle
"It's not fair to leave a radio host speechless." -- Derk Richardson, during live performance and interview on KPFA's "Hear & Now"
Efron proves herself to be an exceptional singer-songwriter-pianist. Literate lyrics and haunting melodies make this collection special. Efron’s vocals are genuine, delicate and deeply moving. This is profoundly pleasurable pop with rich classical influences woven throughout. -- Paul Freeman, Mercury News
Rachel’s newest album, Put Out The Stars is her most ambitious project to date. She worked at world-renowned Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, with all-star producer Jeffrey Wood and such talented musicians as Dawn Richardson (Four Non-Blondes, Tracy Chapman) and Paul Olguin (Mazzy Star, Shana Morrison). With Put Out The Stars, Efron continues her inquiry into the inner-life, and furthers her perhaps career-long project of pushing the envelope of pop—both harmonically and lyrically. What separates the album from her previous work is its immediacy: as though the pane of glass to her emotional landscape has been wiped clearer, and the audience has been invited to sit a little bit closer. Standout tracks include the deeply felt opener, “Worst Crime,” the crashing and dissonant, Chopin-esque “Closing Day,” the playful and ironic tango, “Mourning Dove,” and her boldest track, the equally mysterious and disclosing, “Put Out The Stars.” The soundscape of the album includes drums, bass, strings, accordion, gypsy violin, and trumpet, but these instruments only hang on the centerpiece of Rachel’s sound, which remains the simple intimacy of piano and vocals.
Efron is an Oakland-based singer/songwriter/pianist. She just completed a 30-show East Coast / West Coast tour, including stops at Sidewalk Cafe (NYC), Genghis Cohen (LA), Tin Angel (Philadelphia), Club Passim (Cambridge), Harvard University ArtsFirst Festival (Cambridge), One Longfellow Square (Portland), and culminating in a full house at Berkeley's Freight and Salvage. She has headlined such Bay Area venues as Freight and Salvage, Yoshi's, and Cafe Du Nord.