SARA RACHELE, An independent songwriter from Decatur, Georgia, a hot-bed for local folk music, cut her teeth in the Atlanta scene cleaning out the cupboards at Eddie's Attic in the early 2000s. The former wurlitzer player of The Love Willows (Decca/Universal) returns to her hometown to track her first record, a compilation of folksongs written while living in Manhattan's East Village. Her first solo release, *Times Rise Tough* is a collection of tunes which foreshadow the LP to come. The *Times Rise Tough* sessions were recorded in Atlanta in under 48 hours, with a few old friends and local players who came back home to where they all got their start. Produced by drummer Sigurdur Birkis, Rachele and band cut five songs live. This reunion brings a sense of togetherness to Rachele's songs: tales of worry, violence, and the inherent activism of true stories. Rachele's whispered croons and folk-guitar underpinnings have been compared to the likes of Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, and Mazzy Starr. Rachele is currently featured in a limited print of music photographer Perry Julien's current book "Secrets," along with a her thoughts on The Chelsea Hotel.