Fans of Regina Spektor and Feist will most definitely be drawn to the alternative folk music of Her Crooked Heart. Hailing from Minneapolis, Rachel Ries — the multi-instrumentalist behind the name — released her first EP “To Gentlemen” under the new moniker this past May, with a full album debut titled “To Love To Leave To Live” to come in 2018.

The expertly produced four-song EP clocks in at 12 minutes, 15 seconds and was recorded at Pine Hollow in Eau Claire, Wisconsin (barn-o-verb, anyone?). The EP showcases Ries’ range, starting with the upbeat opener “Are You Good You Are,” which is a perfect introduction to Ries’ rich, full voice, and ends with “To Gentleman” a vocal-less, heavy-hearted piano ballad. Track number two “Adrian” is a highlight and particularly Feist-y in nature and as if the song wasn’t already folksy enough, it even features Bon Iver’s Michael Lewis playing the saxophone. Folk music FTW.

By Cady Colosimo

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Little BIG Fest is an annual festival featuring roots, country, singer-songwriter, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and soul music. The goal of Little BIG Fest 2017 is to showcase female-identified and non-binary musicians successful in the music industry and to spark the imagination of talented performers of all ages in Des Moines. Little BIG Fest’s vision is to grow the number of women and non-binary artists playing music in Iowa and for the music industry to embrace a wider variety of musicians as festival headliners.

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