Rebecca Pronsky, Friday 27 June, CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow with Findlay Napier
June-July 2014 UK Tour
Accompanied by Rich Bennett on guitar
Friday 27 June, CCA, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow with Findlay Napier
Rebecca Pronsky is a born and raised Brooklynite whose music is “as urban as it is rural, not afraid to be sophisticated” (Maverick). Her songs are gritty and dark, layered and dreamy, bravely disobeying the usual conventions of the Americana genre. She “sounds like The Smiths relocated to Nashville” (Northern Sky) and “her voice conveys the wisdom of experience…over a wash of noirishly twangy guitars” (NPR).
Rebecca has been singing since she was in elementary school and added songwriting to her repertoire around age 16 when she picked up the guitar for the first time. She went on to study Ethnomusicology and jazz at Brown University and came home to Brooklyn with a diploma and a demo CD. She soon met guitarist and composer Rich Bennett, who has been her musical partner and co-producer ever since. The two finally married in 2012. Rich “puts the trimmings on the music with a battery of echo drenched, twangy leads” (Blurt).
Rebecca and Rich are a touring team who have graced the stage internationally at clubs and festivals. Some highlights of nearly a decade of touring together include playing Paradiso (Amsterdam), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (US), Celtic Connections (UK), being featured NPR’s Song of the Day and WFUV’s Sunday Breakfast, touring across the great Northwestern US with Blame Sally, and sharing the stage with Shawn Colvin, Freedy Johnston, Patty Larkin, Peter Case, Josh Ritter, Loudon Wainwright III, Amy Rigby, Wreckless Eric, and Steve Forbert.
Rebecca’s newest record Only Daughter is her third release on Austin, TX label Nine Mile Records. Only Daughter received 4 star reviews in several publications including the UK’s Daily Telegraph which also named it a Top Ten Country Album of 2013.
Further praise for Rebecca Pronsky
“She defies categorisation by combining the retro twang of an Absolute Torch-era k.d. lang and the folkabilly narrative of Nanci Griffith with a dose of American noir à la The Handsome Family.
But who cares when the result is as brilliant as Only Daughter”Country Music People
“Part Stevie Nicks, part confessional troubadour, Pronsky sheds some of her Trad Americana skin on this outing, emerging as a cute but dark talent in the process.
Atmospheric influences bring out the full range of her lean expressive vocalising and the songs boast depth and panache.” Daily Mirror
“A delightful discovery. Pronsky’s crystal-bright yet earthily sensuous voice and melodically alluring songcraft, the latter a shifting blend of country, blues, rock, folk and vintage jazz elements, at times recalled Nanci Griffith, Iris DeMent and kd lang in mood or nuance.
Rich Bennett, on electric guitar, whose lean chords and riffs, by turns shimmery and squally, also evoked shades of The Doors, Morricone and classic rockabilly.” The Scotsman
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