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"Local Trax Look Back - Lookin' back on all of 2023's best local music! Reminisce on the best music from Virginia Man, Rebecca Porter, Rare Bird Alert, Acelia and more."



A singer-songwriter born in Guam and raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Rebecca Porter continues to forge her way in country music with songs that balance her distinctive storytelling with the dynamics of her commanding voice in a unique display of soulful classic country.

A lifelong innate connection to music guided Porter into performing live as a young adult. Through  a decade’s worth of live performance with Harrisonburg-Rockingham County area musicians, Porter learned the ropes of life as a performing and recording artist. When her work in cover bands came to a pause after the birth of her first child, Porter found herself stumbling through parenting an infant during a global pandemic. The pandemic and motherhood left Porter yearning for the return to connection and music.

In spring 2020, Porter sat down and committed to playing guitar and writing independently. The songs and stories she wrote helped her process a rocky childhood and young adult life checkered with domestic violence, generational trauma, discrimination that coincided with her life as a Pacific Islander woman growing up in rural Virginia, as well as more current struggles with postpartum loneliness and recurring depression. As the songs continued to be made, Porter wondered if her story songs would resonate with others. 

Porter recorded with River Wash Recording in Richmond, Virginia, and released her debut extended play (EP) release - Prime Rainbow Conditions - in early 2022. Upon release, Porter once again proved herself a force to be reckoned with. 

In March 2023, Porter completed a crowdfunding campaign and raised the funds needed to support the recording of her next project. Porter released the first single "Clockin' Out" from the new five song, full band EP on June 23, 2023.

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Selected Performances

Direct support includes: 

Amy Martin

Annie Stokes

Chamomile & Whiskey

Charlie Mars

Colin Cutler

Collin Raye

Corrie Lynn Green

Dean Fields

Deau Eyes

Devon Sproule

Doug Stone
Doug Strahan & The Good Neighbors

Eliza Eden

EmiSunshine and The Rain

Erin Lunsford

Gabe Lee

Holly Renee Allen

Justin Golden

Mike Frazier

Roberta Lea

Ruthie Foster

Sally Rose
Sean K. Preston

Sunny Sweeney

Terri Allard

The Currys

The Jared Stout Band

The Steel Wheels

The Wilson Springs Hotel

Will Overman

Select venues include: 

Skinny Dennis (Brooklyn, NY)

Pete's Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY)

The Royal (Glenside, PA)

Mountain Stage (Morgantown, WV)

Elkton Music Hall (Elkton, MD)

The Birchmere (Alexandria, VA)

Jammin Java (Vienna, VA)

Sofar Sounds (Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New Jersey, NYC)

Hopscotch Coffee & Records (Winchester, VA)

Shenandoah County Fair (Woodstock, VA)

Woodstock Brewhouse (Woodstock, VA)

Clementine (Harrisonburg, VA)

Court Square Theatre (Harrisonburg, VA)

Pale Fire Brewing (Harrisonburg, VA)

The Golden Pony (Harrisonburg, VA)

Sill & Glade (Mt. Solon, VA)

Dürty Nelly’s (Charlottesville, VA)

The Front Porch (Charlottesville, VA)

The Jefferson Theater (Charlottesville, VA)

The Southern Cafe & Music Hall (Charlottesville, VA)

Ting Pavilion (Charlottesville, VA)

Rapunzel's Coffee & Books (Lovingston, VA)

The Heist (Bowling Green, VA)

Gallery 5 (Richmond, VA)

Get Tight Lounge (Richmond, VA)

Révéler Experiences (Richmond, VA)

Richmond Music Hall (Richmond, VA)

The Camel (Richmond, VA)

Martin's Downtown (Roanoke, VA)

The Spot on Kirk (Roanoke, VA)

Vessel Craft Coffee (Norfolk, VA)

Swells'a Brewing Beer Company (Kill Devil Hills, NC)

The Pour House Record Shop (Raleigh, NC)

Launch Music Conference & Festival (Lancaster, PA)

Petworth Porchfest (Washington, DC)

Food Truck Fest (Harrisonburg, VA)

MACROCK (Harrisonburg, VA)

Red Wing Roots Music Festival (Mt. Solon, VA)

Rivanna Roots (Charlottesville, VA)

Blacksburg Steppin' Out Fest (Blacksburg, VA)

Bushels & Barrels (Stuart, VA)

Front Porch Fest (Stuart, VA)

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Honky Tonks Ain't for Heroes

Honky Tonks Ain't for Heroes

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Rebecca Porter - Honky Tonks Ain't for Heroes (Official Music Video)

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Rebecca Porter and the Rhinestone Roses - Let Me Go (LIVE at The Golden Pony)

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