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Rachel Blumberg

Rachel Blumberg playing drums for Bright Eyes
Background information
Genres Indie Pop, folk rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments drums, percussion, vocals, ukelele, banjo, accordion, piano
Associated acts Norfolk & Western, M Ward, The Decemberists, She & Him, Jolie Holland

Rachel Blumberg is a Portland, Oregon native, and member of many locally based indie bands, including Sissyface, Boycrazy, Norfolk & Western, The Minders (briefly), M Ward and The Decemberists.[1]

She spent most of 2007 lending her drumming and singing talents to the touring Omaha indie band Bright Eyes on the Four Winds and Cassadaga tour.[1] In 2007 and early 2008 she recorded new records with Norfolk & Western, M. Ward, and Jolie Holland.[2]

In addition to drums and singing she plays ukelele, banjo, accordion, piano, and other various stringed, electronic and/or percussion instruments.[1]

She is also a visual artist and has shown her work in Portland, Oregon and Omaha, Nebraska. Notable musicians who own her work include Jonathan Richman, Matthew Caws of Nada Surf, Jenny Conlee of The Decemberists, and Laura Veirs.

She is the daughter of Naomi Blumberg, a Portland cellist and President Emerita of the Oregon Cello Society.


Performing discography

Norfolk & Western

  • Centralia (LP, FILMguerrero, 2000)
  • Winter Farewell (LP, FILMguerrero, 2002)
  • Dusk in Cold Parlours (LP, Hush Records, 2003)
  • If You Were Born Overseas (LP, self-released, 2005)
  • The Unsung Colony (LP, Hush Records, 2006)

Bunny Summer


  • A Night at the x-Ray (Cassette, Cravedog Records, 1994)
  • Damn Everything but the Circus (7", Cravedog Records, 1994)
  • 4X4 Monster Truck Series (Compilation 7", Cravedog Records, 1995)
  • Can't Stand the Smell (Compilation Cassette, Cravedog Records, 1995)
  • Muscle Car (Split 7" with Scribble, Cravedog Records, 1995)
  • With a Shower of Sparks (Compilation 7", Cavity Search, 1995)
  • Tiger Stripes Forever (Compilation 10", Undercover Records, 1996)
  • King Lighter Stealer (CD, Cravedog Records, 1996)
  • Can't Stand the Smell, Vol. 2 (Compilation CD, Cravedog Records, 1996)


  • Last Thursday +2 (7", Magic Marker Records, 2000)
  • Foreign Words (LP, Magic Marker Records, 2001)

The Decemberists

M Ward

Robert Deeble

  • This Bar Has No One Left (EP, Fractured Discs, 2005)

Douglas Shepherd

  • Type Foundry Sessions EP (EP, self-released, 2001)

Corrina Repp

She and Him

Jolie Holland

Notes and references


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