Rebecca cut her musical teeth on show tunes and vaudeville as a young child in the late 50s and early 60s. Her first LP was a 78, which her Grandmother bought for her after a birthday dinner in Seattle, Wa. at ‘Steve’s Gay 90s.’ At the age of 4, she witnessed Barber Shop Quartets of banjo and ukulele-playing, pinstriped suit-wearing men with straw hats singing impeccable harmonies. The record was a 78rpm of Sophie Tucker, which Rebecca still owns.
Rebecca’s music career began in 1975 with the band, “Mother Country” – a bluegrass, country band based in North Carolina. In 1978 she played in a 4-piece swing band (un-creatively) named “Rebecca & Friends.” Mid 1981 she and co-writer Keith Guile put together “Rebecca & the Hi-Tones,” a North Carolina institution for 30+ years. The Hi-Tones were a 7-piece swing/jazz/r&b band containing the “core four” members from 1981. The Hi-Tones played Montreux Jazz Fest Off and spent decades sharing gigs with The Indigo Girls, Jesse Winchester, Jerry Jeff Walker, and many other national recording artists. Rebecca and Hi-Tone co-writer and co-founder Keith Guile wrote much of the Hi-Tone’s music over the years, including songs featured in the movie “Chesterfield.”
Rebecca has been commissioned by National Public Radio to write and produce feature music for “All Things Considered,” and was mentored by many great musicians including Tony Award winning playwright Jim Wann (Diamond Studs, Pump Boys & Dinettes). Rebecca composed the music for “Napoleon’s China ©”, a play with music, which premiered at Salt Lake Acting Co. in 1995 and also composed the book for the musical “At Home with Carson Taylor,” by playwright Jon Courie.
Since 1987 Rebecca has performed as half the famous duo ‘Pinky Wyoming and Duke LaCrosse’, with Jim Watson, founding member of the ‘Red Clay Ramblers’ and current member of ‘Watson, Craver, Hicks and Newberry” (also known as “The Law Firm”). Jim toured with Sugar Hill Recording Artists Robin and Linda Williams for over 30 years.
Rebecca has worked in the studio with national and regional recording artists and continues to perform regionally with “The bennys” and “Me & David Burney.” After 40 years in music, she released her first solo record “Blue Shirt” in 2019. She is devoted to her Dog “Figaro”, cats “Opie” and “Aunt Bea”, her Pre-War J model guitar, her Wes Lambe 000 guitar, her Wayne Henderson Mandolin, her Octave mando, Baritone Taylor 8 string guitar, blue Fender Telecaster, fancy red Gibson EC with stars and such, her Al McCanless Irish tenor banjo, her Chinese Loar mandolin, her 1913 Gibson H2 Mandola and her Crafter 12 string – in that order.