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 has been described as an artist whose “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) and together they create a distinctive sound that has been described as “The Smiths relocated to Nashville” (Northern Sky). In 2015, Rebecca and Rich launched Acme Hall Studios, a recording studio and music education space in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where they both teach, record, and inspire musicians of all levels.
Rebecca 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. She recently appeared singing on an episode of NPR’s “This American Life.”
In a decade of touring, Rebecca has criss-crossed the US and Europe, appearing at clubs and festivals. She has shared the stage with Shawn Colvin, Loudon Wainwright III, Madeleine Peyroux, Peter Case, Josh Ritter, Freedy Johnston, Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric, Patty Larkin, and Steve Forbert.
Her 2013 release 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 the Year (along side Patty Griffin, Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris, among others). Rebecca is currently at work on her follow-up album “Known Objects”, due out May 2016.
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)