For the past 8 years, Neyla Pekarek was one of the distinctive voices of The Lumineers. Now the cellist and classically trained vocalist has struck out on her own with a solo album inspired by a legendary frontierswoman named Rattlesnake Kate, who singlehandedly killed 140 snakes as they encroached on her and her son and then made a flapper-style dress, necklace and shoes out of their skins. Pretty badass, eh?! “It was one of the weirdest things I’d ever heard,” says Neyla, admiringly. Still beguiled by the legend, the musician turned to Kate as muse for her solo debut, 'Rattlesnake' (out January 11 on S-Curve Records/BMG). “She lived outside from what women were expected to be,” Neyla says. The album is at turns rollicking and moving, journeying from Americana to blues and even doo-wop, the latter an extension of her previous stints in award-winning barbershop quartets. Produced by M. Ward (She & Him, Monsters of Folk), 'Rattlesnake' is, in her words, “a song cycle with storytelling.” Neyla Pekarek will join us for an intimate in-store performance on Sunday, January 20th, at 2PM. She will sign copies of 'Rattlesnake' following the performance.