The official music video for acclaimed singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Rachel Baiman’s “Old Songs Never Die” is debuting today. Watch/share the video, directed by Natia Cinco, HERE.

Of the video, Baiman shares, “A simple song about my love for old time and bluegrass music, and other songs that have survived the centuries. I grew up playing traditional music and I love the communal nature of it. There’s a whole cannon of music that belongs to nobody, it’s the property of the community and it can’t be bought and sold, its value is both infinite and non-existent. We were imagining for this video that I was welcoming somebody into my personal Museum of Old Songs and showing them around. The black and white footage are the various exhibits one might find in this memory museum.”

“Old Songs Never Die” is from Baiman’s acclaimed new album, Common Nation of Sorrow, which was released last month via Signature Sounds (stream/purchase HERE). Produced by Baiman, mixed by Tucker Martine (Neko Case, The Decemberists, First Aid Kit) and recorded at The Tractor Shed outside of Nashville, the album offers an assessment of the country’s current state, telling stories of American capitalism as well as the individual and communal devastation it manifests.

Critical acclaim for Common Nation of Sorrow:

“Baiman’s heartfelt lyricism and dynamic picking shine through, healing not only herself but a hurting nation in the process”—Bandcamp Daily

Common Nation of Sorrow is proof you can be tough without losing your center of gravity. Even when it’s condemning all that’s broken, the album has heart and the ever-important glimmer of hope”—No Depression

“top-notch songsmith…a richly textured folk album with subtle rock underpinnings that faces the problems of our age with clear eyes and stout resolve”—Nashville Scene

“there’s a timelessness to her approach that allows the songs to soar…she displays the openness and the tough emotional logic of Nanci Griffith”—UNCUT

“Baiman’s emotionally raw, plaintive vocals create an exquisite, expansive soundscape that allow her lyrics to permeate our souls, calling us to consider the delicate balance of the human condition, to mourn it, to celebrate it”—Folk Alley

“a compelling songwriter and captivating player…she delivers earnest, honest and moving performances”—Holler

“The music is intricately layered, arranged and mixed beautifully all the while accentuating the best of Baiman’s gifts. It will assuredly leave you wonderstruck…a tremendously remarkable record”—The Amp

Common Nation Of Sorrow may be fueled by shared sorrows but it is indeed that common nation that can help us rise above…when confronted with the darkness, Baiman chooses to look for the light.”—Folking

“proof that no matter how hard the times, there’s always music to soothe your soul”—Songlines

“simply gorgeous”—Lonesome Highway

In celebration of the new music, Baiman will continue to tour through this summer including upcoming headline shows at Brooklyn’s The Owl Music Parlor, Pittsburgh’s Club Café, Washington, DC’s Pearl Street Warehouse, Cambridge’s Club Passim, Seattle’s Tractor Tavern and Portland’s Polaris Hall among many others. See below for complete itinerary. Full details can be found at www.rachelbaiman.com/tour.

In addition to Baiman, Common Nation of Sorrow also features Riley Calcagno (acoustic guitar, banjo), Miles Miller (drums - Sturgill Simpson, Tyler Childers), Josh Oliver (acoustic guitar, electric guitar- Watchhouse), Ashleigh Caudill (bass), Adam Chaffins (bass), Anthony De Costa (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), Lauren Horbal (drums), and Tristan Scroggins (mandolin), and was recorded by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Sean Sullivan, known for his work with Sturgill Simpson and Tyler Childers.

Raised in Chicago, Baiman moved to Nashville at age eighteen with the dream of becoming a professional fiddle player, before falling in love with songwriting. In the years since, she’s released two acclaimed full-length records—2021’s Cycles and her 2017 debut, Shame, of which NPR Music praised, “wry truth-telling…a jaunty banjo figure bobs above a strolling folk-rock groove and sets a playful tone, while her lyrics, delivered with reedy, willful nonchalance, critique the merging of religious, moral and political influence.” Additionally, Vice’s Noisey declared, “Shame will have you flipping authority off one song at a time.” In addition to her own releases, Baiman continues to work as a musician in a variety of forms, with credits including session and live side-person work for Kacey Musgraves, Amy Ray, Kevin Morby, Kelsey Waldon and Molly Tuttle among many others.

For more information, please contact Asha Goodman, Catherine Snead 615.320.7753, or Carla Sacks 212.741.1000 at Sacks & Co.

1. Some Strange Nation
2. Annie
3. Self Made Man
4. She Don’t Know What to Sing About Anymore
5. Lovers and Leavers
6. Bad Debt
7. Old Songs Never Die
8. Bitter
9. Old Flame
10. Ways of the World

May 2 /// Pittsburgh, PA /// Club Cafe
May 3 /// Wayne, PA /// 118 North
May 4 /// Washington, DC /// Pearl Street Warehouse
May 5 /// Cambridge, MA /// Club Passim
May 6 /// Brooklyn, NY /// The Owl Music Parlor
May 8 /// Northampton, MA /// The Parlor Room
May 11 /// Seattle, WA /// Tractor Tavern
May 12 /// Prosser, WA /// Brewminatti
May 13 /// Portland, OR /// Polaris Hall
May 14 /// Eugene, OR /// The Hybrid
May 20 /// Monticello, KY /// Sleeping in the Woods Songwriter Festival
May 23 /// Clinton, OK /// Long-Bell Brewing Company
May 24 /// Pueblo, CO /// Brues Alehouse Brewing Co
May 25 /// Denver, CO /// Swallow Hill Music Association
May 26 /// Carbondale, CO /// Steve’s Guitars
May 27 /// Colorado Springs, CO /// MeadowGrass Music Festival
June 6 /// Lafayette, IN /// People’s Brewing Company
June 9 /// Chattanooga, TN /// The Woodshop Listening Room
June 23 /// Greenfield, MA /// Green River Festival
July 23 /// San Luis Obispo, CA /// Festival Mozaic
August 18 /// Manchester, VT /// Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots