Blake Rainey grew up near Esom Hill and the Alabama border in Cedartown, Georgia, some 70 years after Sterling Holloway was born there. Though he currently resides in Atlanta, the rustic roots of a rural town forgotten by time are still at the core of Rainey's music.
As Rainey is now hard at work promoting his new solo release, he carries on a parallel universe as the frontman of the loud rock band The Young Antiques. The 'Tiques' most recent release, 2003's Clockworker, was also released by Two Sheds. The 'Tiques' post-punk blare and energy sharply contrast the muted introspection of Appetizer Sickness, yet the literary overtones are ties that bind.
Rainey also performed on and co-produced (with David Barbe) Faith Kleppinger's Asleep in the Well, which was released by Two Sheds in 2002.
In addition to his role as Young Antiques' frontman, Rainey is now pulling double-duty as a guitarist for The Indicators. Blake has also solidified his backing band for solo shows, Now billed as Blake Rainey and His Demons, Blake is accompanied by 'Tiques guitarist Jason O'Donnell and Indicators bassist Joe Foy.
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Oct 15 - The EARL; Atlanta, GA (afternoon show)
Indie-Music.com - "Never does the music take a back seat to the lyrics, and never do the lyrics collapse under the weight of their own importance. Throughout the album, RaineyÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂs voice somehow manages to convey pain, wonder, and hope as easily as if heÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂÃÂd lived the songs himself. And it works: Appetizer Sickness is as perfect a representation of the ideal of the genre one is likely to hear."
Crimewave Magazine - "Blake Rainey is somewhere between your typical coffeehouse poet and noteworthy young songwriter. On his debut there are thirteen songs make up this impressionistic and affecting at times. This Atlanta, Georgia musician who sounds like Paul Westerberg has songs that are marked by the outcast characters embedded within the remnants of an old world: mill homes and broken sidewalks, bridges abandoned and burned factories that rot along with the inhabitants. It's haunting, with dreams and the natural scene of things."