BALLADS & BURLESQUE is a shameless emotional striptease from an ever- evolving songwriter affectionately dubbed "the Cher of the folk scene" and "a female Elton John" by her diverse, grassroots following. A concise set of ten story-songs reflecting on different aspects of seduction, this album marks her debut as sole producer and arranger. The CD was recorded by John Shyloski, mixed by Kevin Killen (Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush), and is the followup to last year's critically acclaimed PUBLIC RECORD. Seducing listeners with sensual vocal/piano hooks and a decidedly empathetic viewpoint, Sage draws from a rich mixture of musical traditions including art-pop, jazz and folk. Longtime collaborator Doug Yowell (Duncan Shiek, Suzanne Vega), who has toured with Rachael in Europe as well as the U.S. Featuring cellist Stephanie Winters (Dar Williams, Catie Curtis) and bassist Richard Gates (Suzanne Vega).