About Rayna

photo by  Cheryl Zibisky

Rayna Gellert grew up in a musical family, and has spent most of her life immersed in the sounds of rural stringband music, heartfelt gospel songs, and old ballads. After honing her fiddle skills playing at jam sessions and square dances, Rayna fell into a life of traveling and performing. Her fiddle albums are widely celebrated in the old-time music community, and she has recorded with a host of musicians in a variety of styles – including Robyn Hitchcock, Tyler Ramsey, Sara Watkins, Loudon Wainwright III, John Paul Jones, and Abigail Washburn. From 2003 through 2008, Rayna was a member of the acclaimed stringband Uncle Earl, with whom she released two albums on Rounder Records and toured like mad. Since 2010, she has also toured and recorded extensively with songwriter Scott Miller

In 2012, Rayna released her first vocal album, Old Light: Songs from my Childhood & Other Gone Worlds, on StorySound Records. Her next solo project, 2017's Workin's Too Hard (StorySound), carried forward her promise as both a singer and songwriter. Her most recent release is a collaboration with Kieran Kane called The Ledges (2018 Dead Reckoning). Rayna lives in Nashville, Tennessee.