"Heartfelt country soul set by someone who's quietly become one of the best."
~Maverick Magazine
"Authentic American folk-music to stir the soul." ~No Depression

Poetry and 9 Days Left to Order! 

Hey all!  I'm so grateful for the numerous pre-orders of my new record and other creative tasks.  Here's an example of a "Coyote" package---a custom poem with a title of your making, plus illustration (and new CD before release). It was ordered as a Valentine's Day gift.  More to come, soon!
  Heather, the River Rodeo Girl and Her Dogs
Strap snug and out of the chute,
her paddle digs into earth, heart, sky.
Boof, woof, dogs plane across a field of grass, fur flies at hull speed,
ending in a hole of tongues and… Read more

New Album Underway!! 

Yup, new album underway--please see "new album" page for more info, and this self-animated video!

Brewing in Austin 

I've been in Austin, recording! Woohoo (see photo) !  More news on this after the holidays.

Family Trio heads Northeast in October 

The Rita Hosking family trio is taking a quick trip northeast October 17-26, hoping to catch the tail end of some fall colors!  It's our first trip to that area, so please tell your friends who may be in driving distance?We'll be doing mostly Rita's songs (including a couple new ones), but also a great mix of co-written songs, lovely instrumentals, and some original Kora Feder tunes.

Friday Oct 17 -- Victor NY Timberhouse Concerts
Saturday Oct 18 -- Wellsville NY  Wellsville Creative Arts Center
Sunday Oct 19… Read more

Midwest, UK, Southeast Highlights 

We were lucky to be guests of the Detroit Institute of Arts this spring, and played in the central room surrounded by Diego Rivera's incredible mural!
  And in the UK, a photo in front of the Henry Tudor House in Shrewsbury--we played in a room built in 1428! 

  And in the Southeast we enjoyed lots of sightseeing (see daughter Hava at the Lincoln Memorial), great shows, and community radio at WTJU!

"Top 10 Country Albums of 2013" --UK Telegraph 

Thank you Martin Chilton of the UK Telegraph for naming Little Boat as one of the top ten country albums of 2013!

Here's the article: Top 10 Country Albums of 2013

"A mini album but one that shows again that Rita Hosking, who writes interesting, original songs and has such an expressive voice, deserves to be better known," --Martin Chilton, Cultural Editor for the UK Telegraph.

New! The Rita Hosking Songbook 

Now available!  The Rita Hosking Songbook is the complete collection of lyrics and guitar chords for all of Rita's published, original songs.  That's 49 songs from five albums--Are You Ready?, Silver Stream, Come Sunrise, Burn, and Little Boat.  The 60 page songbook, color covered with a black and white interior, comes with wire-o binding for laying flat while you play. This is not sheet music -- it's composed of guitar chords that are noted above the lyrics. 

In stock now.  Just click on the book cover to… Read more

Reviews for "Little Boat" 

Little Boat was the #7 Top Album on the Folk DJ List for March 2013, and Parting Glass is tied for #3 Top Song--way to launch, Little Boat! For April, Little Boat was #8 Top Album, and Rita #9 Top Artist!  
April 5th's Daily Mirror~
"She's been called the best kept secret in country-folk and Rita's razor-sharp songs and great live performances bear out the claim.  As does this short but oh so sweet, lean and lovely set of seven songs introducing the Californian's clawhammer banjo playing daughter, KoraRead more


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"Parting Glass" from Little Boat

Sunday January 18 Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, Sebastopol, CA
Saturday January 31 Cooper's Bluff Concerts, Chico CA  - Sold Out
Thursday February 5 Oddfellows Hall, Davis CA
Saturday Feb 28 The Woodshed, San Jose CA
Audio Interview, click below:
 ***Background image of Rita and guitar was taken by Rik Keller of Rik Keller Photography.