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 has released 4 albums on Austin’s Nine Mile Records. Her music has been featured on NPR’s Song of the Day, WFUV Sunday Breakfast, BBC Scotland, and BBC6. She has twice been a regional finalist in the Mountain Stage NewSong competition and her songs have appeared on television shows such as Breaking Amish, Usta Usta, and 90210.
In nearly a decade of touring, Rebecca has criss-crossed the US and Europe, appearing at clubs and festivals including the Maverick Festival, Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists, and Celtic Connections. She has shared the stage with Shawn Colvin, Freedy Johnston, Patty Larkin, Peter Case, Josh Ritter, Loudon Wainwright III, Amy Rigby, Wreckless Eric, Blame Sally, and Steve Forbert.
Rebecca’s newest record 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. In 2015, Rebecca and Rich opened Acme Hall Studios, a recording studio and music education space in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
In case you were wondering, Rebecca’s top albums are:
1.) Hejira (Joni Mitchell)
2.) Hissing of Summer Lawns (Joni Mitchell)
3.) Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (PJ Harvey)
4.) Glow (Innocence Mission)
5.) Club de Esquina (Milton Nascimento)
6.) Aja (Steely Dan)
7.) Flaming Red (Patty Griffin)
8.) Nine Objects of Desire (Suzanne Vega)
9.) Carney (Leon Russell)
10.) Heaven or Las Vegas (Cocteau Twins)
11.) Geogaddi (Boards of Canada)
12.) Little Steps (Merrie Amsterburg)
13.) A Bird Flies Out (Deb Talan)
14.) Sea Change (Beck)
15.) Regrooving the Dream (Patty Larkin)