There’s a new face in country music that has quickly grabbed the attention of music lovers across the nation; Raquel & The Wildflowers. This energetic powerhouse band blends the sound of traditional country music with a rock and roll drive that reaches a wide audience. The band includes Raquel de Souza (Singer), Luis Cruz (Guitar/Backing Vocals), Cat Lines (Fiddle/Backing Vocals), Tommy Carlucci (Drums) and a newest addition Steve Riccio (Bass).
Raquel’s songwriting comes from true stories of heartbreak, love, hard work, and quitting dead end jobs while the band brings energy and power to each and every track. All from different musical backgrounds and parts of the country, this band comes together to create something authentic and refreshing for fans to experience and connect with at a live show.
Though relatively new, the band has accomplished a lot in a short time. Raquel made the transition to pursue her original music in 2017 by releasing her debut single “Run towards the Highway”. The song won a ReverbNation contest and was distributed for airplay. It charted #32 on DRT Top 50 Country AirPlay charts (2018) alongside global country stars such as Carrie Underwood and Luke Bryan. Luis Cruz (Guitarist) and Cat Lines (Fiddle player) originally joined Raquel's backing band. They opened for international country star Jessica Lynn (Oct. 2018) and by May of 2019, the three formed country rock band, Raquel & The Wildflowers.
Since then, Raquel & The Wildflowers has opened for multi-platinum artist Andy Grammer, and joined together with emerging artists to sell out NYCs “The Cutting Room” theatre for the first “Urban Country Jam” music festival (hosted by Lauren Davidson). Raquel & The Wildflowers will be performing at Country Fest 2021 with country legend Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, and Thomas Rhett, and will be heading out on their first USA tour in 2021 to perform at state fairs, national Country Music festivals and more!
Currently the band is performing live stream concerts in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Some notable virtual performances include NY's Country 94.7 FM for Raquel’s song “Money Ain’t Sane”, Central NY #1 Country station Big Frog, MD Country Station 94.7WDSD, and Freedom Park “QuaranTunes” Summer Series.
The band has been featured on iHeart Radio KISS FM in early 2020 with a live acoustic performance and interview.
Raquel & The Wildflowers are currently preparing to release their first Christmas song this holiday season and will continue to release new original music in the coming year. To purchase or stream their music, visit any popular online music platform. To stay up to date with Raquel & The Wildflowers, give them a follow on Instagram, like them on Facebook and subscribe to their Mailing List. This high-energy band is so excited to retake the stage in 2021 and bring back the live music that fans have been missing.