Rebecca Pronsky is a born and raised Brooklynite whose music confidently straddles the boundaries of country roots, jazz, rockabilly, and folk. She creates a distinctive sound, which at times feels like The Smiths relocated to Nashville or Stevie Nicks singing with Ennio Morricone.
Rebecca is a triple threat. She’s got a “voice to die for” (Maverick), songwriting talent that showcases “brutal, cutting lyricism (Ithaca Times), and a masterful collaborator: guitarist and producer Rich Bennett, who “puts the trimmings on the music with a battery of echo drenched, twangy leads” (Blurt).
A singer since elementary school, Rebecca 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 musical compatriot Rich Bennett and the two hit the road together.
In over a decade of touring, Rebecca and Rich have criss-crossed the US and Europe sharing stages with Shawn Colvin, Loudon Wainwright III, Madeleine Peyroux, Peter Case, Josh Ritter, Freedy Johnston, Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric, Patty Larkin, and Steve Forbert.
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’s music has been featured on NPR Song of the Day, WFUV Sunday Breakfast, BBC Scotland, and BBC 6. 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 2013, Rebecca was honored to have her album Only Daughter named a “Top 10 Country Album of the Year” by the UK’s The Telegraph, alongside Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle.
In case you were wondering, some of Rebecca’s favorite albums are:
Hejira (Joni Mitchell)
Hissing of Summer Lawns (Joni Mitchell)
Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (PJ Harvey)
Glow (Innocence Mission)
Club de Esquina (Milton Nascimento)
Gaucho (Steely Dan)
Flaming Red (Patty Griffin)
Nine Objects of Desire (Suzanne Vega)
Carney (Leon Russell)
Heaven or Las Vegas (Cocteau Twins)
Music Has the Right to Children (Boards of Canada)
Little Steps (Merrie Amsterburg)
A Bird Flies Out (Deb Talan)
A Walk Across The Rooftops (The Blue Nile)
Sea Change (Beck)
Regrooving the Dream (Patty Larkin)