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Rainer is a name of at least two acts:

[1] London based duo
[2] A mononym of Rainer Ptacek

[1] A London-based duo of Rebekah Raa and Casually Here, which débuted in 2013.

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[2] Rainer Ptacek: Born on June 7, 1951, in East Germany, Rainer Jaromir Ptacek grew up in Chicago after his family fled the Communist country in 1953. Musically inclined from childhood, in the mid ’60s Rainer swapped violin for guitar. (He once quipped, “None of the Beatles, it seemed, were interested in violin. “) A decade later he’d become a fixture on the Tucson music scene, ultimately garnering an international reputation as a song stylist and slide virtuoso that had critics speaking of him, Ry Cooder and John Fahey in the same breath, while pondering the intricacies of an elaborate tape loop and delay pedal strategy he’d developed during his later years that allowed him to sound like three guitarists at once. In addition to four albums (“Barefoot Rock”, “Worried Spirits”, “Texas Tapes” and “Nocturnes” - all still available via Glitterhouse Records) released between 1986 and 1994, he collaborated with everyone from Giant Sand and Germany’s F.S.K. to ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons and Led Zep’s Robert Plant.

On Groundhog’s Day of ‘96, while Rainer was riding his bike to work at the Chicago Store (where he repaired string instruments), his brain faded out and he fell over.


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