Rita's style of country-folk has been lauded for story and sense of place, and her performances praised for capturing the audience. Honors include winner of the 2008 Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival, finalist in the 2009 Telluride Music Festival Troubadour Contest, and more. "This California girl comes by her mountain-music sensibility with true authenticity, with original songs deeply rooted in her family's frontier experience," (Dan Ruby, FestivalPreview.com) and Rita's fans call her "the real deal". A descendant of Cornish miners who sang in the mines, Rita grew up with deep regard for folk music and the power of the voice.
In live performance, Rita will play solo but most often appears as a duo with her husband Sean Feder on Dobro and banjo, or as a trio or quartet dubbed "Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack"--Sean Feder (Dobro/banjo), Andy Lentz (fiddle), and Bill Dakin (upright bass). Of recent, one or more of Rita and Sean's daughters will often join in as well.
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