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Rachael & Vilray: Making classics in the modern age

 Rachael and Vilray
Jonno Rattmann
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Rachael and Vilray

Rachael & Vilray are a perfect example of the idea that sometimes what that once seemed old fashioned can actually resonate as new again. Their new record I Love a Love Song! comes out this week.

Rachael Price is best known as the singer in the band Lake Street Dive. She and Vilray met at college two decades ago. But it would take them years before they discovered their mutual love of the Great American Songbook standards from the ‘30s and ‘40s, and decided to create a project to showcase Vilray’s special gift of channeling classic songwriters in his original music.

We spoke recently about how this project came about, how they approach making original work in the mold of a musical tradition that is nearly a hundred years old, the art and craft of writing, recording and singing songs.

Leo Sidran is a Grammy winning multi-instrumentalist musician, producer, arranger, composer, recording artist, podcast host and creative coach based in Brooklyn, New York.