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 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (US), Celtic Connections (UK), Maverick Festival (UK), The Paradiso (NL), 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 a number of great acts including 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.
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)