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Reilly Downes

Reilly Downes is the Sad Cowgirl of Chicago. An Americana artist hailing from the Texas Hill Country, she cut her teeth as a session musician in Nashville, singing behind some of Americana’s favorite singer/songwriters.

Reilly’s music has been described as “easy on the ears, but hard on the heart” by Music Mecca in Nashville. Her songs divert from typical contemporary country and draw on her Texas roots with a sound that "cuts across each track like a rattlesnake, adding some extra honesty and grit.”

Reilly's first solo album, Spent, earned her the spot of #1 Americana releases for 2022 as well as features on The Boot among other Americana and Country covering media. Since then, her haunting rendition of “Wicked Game” has landed her radio play, a feature on Spotify’s “Vibes” playlist, and more.

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Bandera, TX




Alt Country

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