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“Her breed of Nor Cal country folk ain't quite old-timey, and it ain't quite bluegrass, but damn it's sweet. For fans of Emmylou and Gillian, this one's a safe bet. The songs of Rita Hosking are as fragile as a newborn baby, and defiant as a West Virginia coal miner.” — Stuart Mason, Fiddlefreak

“A soulful howl from the mountains.” — California Bluegrass Association

“Rita Hosking has been a force of nature in the acoustic Cali-Americana music scene these past few years. With her husband and daughter as her foundation and band mates, Rita has gradually solidified her standing in the sweet middle ground between oldtime bluegrass, classic country, and modern singer-songwriter. Her 6th album, released on Tuesday 9/22/15, maintains her trademark sound: that fluid shimmer that somehow connects the listener to both their own personal history and the story of their ancestors.” — Stuart Mason, Fiddlefreak

“Rita Hosking's Burn, one of the genuine surprises in a pretty decent year in music, is right up there with Gillian Welch's The Harrow & the Harvest in the ranks of intelligent, moving, rooted-in-real-folk-music singing and songwriting.” — Jerome Clark,

“This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family's frontier experience.” — Dan Ruby,

“...precisely what Americana is intended to be: chunks of yesteryear, sewn like a patchwork quilt, and bestowed with gorgeous flair and striking harmonies.” — Joshua Hammond, Mother Church Pew

“With an of-the-earth, gnarled voice that ranges from high and sweet to down-home and ferocious, Hosking had the audience in the palm of her hand, and the line to buy her CD's snaked through the Sierra meadows.” — Ami Chen-Mills Naim, Santa Cruz Weekly about Rita's performance at Strawberry Music Festival

“The first thing that hits you... is the strength and power of Rita Hosking's voice, and the fierce passion it contains.” — Bob Gottlieb, Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

“Heartfealt country soul set from someone who's quietly become one of the best...Hosking is a real talent, and sits up alongside Nanci Griffith as someone who understands the human heart and can touch it every single time.” — Jeremy Searle, Maverick

“From the first time I heard Rita sing, her voice gripped me and did not let go.” — Joe Craven

“With the release of Burn, Rita Hosking has established herself as one of the best in the genre. From top to bottom, this is an excellent CD - brilliantly written, well played and sung with deep conviction. There is not a single song to serve as a filler and plenty that should go down as all-time favorites. ” — Craig Huegel, Our Kind of Folk

“A soulful howl from the mountains.” — California Bluegrass Association

“I've put on quite a few shows over the years, and by far Rita Hosking's was on of my favorites.” — Pat Becker, Little River Inn

“There's a grit to her songs and sinewy toughness to her voice that weave their own spell.” — Q Magazine

“Superb country-folk from a brilliant singer-songwriter.” — Americana UK

“Rita Hosking is amazing! I highly recommend her to any and all!” — Audrey Spector, Berkeley, CA concert presenter

“Brilliant, engaging, charming, funny. Just perfect! We loved them, our audience loved them, we want them back!” — Simon Holderness. Turners Hill Concerts, West Sussex, UK

“In scorching form” (UK Telegraph), Northern California's own Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class and hope. From major California music festivals to Bob Harris's BBC show, Rita is moving audiences around the globe with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice, “a captivating performer,” (R2 Magazine.)

Rita's style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Honors include winner of the '08 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the '09 Telluride Troubadour Contest, and more. “This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family's frontier experience”, (Dan Ruby, and Rita's fans call her “the real deal.” A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the

Rita began recording and publishing in 2005 with Are You Ready?, and followed in 2007 with Silver Stream. Come Sunrise, Rita's 2009 record, won Best Country Album Vox Pop in the 2010 Independent Music Awards. Burn, from 2011, was placed in the top 10 Young Female Artist releases for 2011 by No Depression Magazine and listed as a “Hidden Gem of 2011” by the UK's Observer Both Come Sunrise and Burn were produced by Rich Brotherton--producer, engineer, and guitar player in the Robert Earl Keen Band. Rich's studio in Austin, Texas, Ace Recording, is where Rita recorded her most recent album as well. Rita's new 2013 release, Little Boat is scheduled for a spring release both in the U.S and Europe. The Daily Mirror characterizes Little Boat as a “short, but oh so sweet, lean and lovely set of seven songs introducing this Californian's clawhammer banjo playing daughter, Kora Feder, 18, who is blessed with mum's unerring delicacy of touch.”

In live performance, Rita will play solo but most often appears as a duo with her husband Sean Feder on Dobro and banjo, or as a trio. Recently, one or more of Rita and Sean's daughters will often join in as well.

For Rita's upcoming tour schedule, click HERE
















Rita Hosking performs in variable configurations including solo, duo or trio.. If you are interested in booking Rita Hosking for a concert, festival or private event, please contact:

John Laird, The Americana Agency