Press

“Pronsky is an allusive, poetic lyricist who isn’t interested in providing clear, linear meanings so much as impressions, dreams, and moods.” ~ ALL MUSIC GUIDE

“Rebecca Pronsky knows her way around a metaphor, and though residing in Brooklyn, she sings like she has Nashville in her blood … She stands out above the sea of thoughtful women with guitars.” ~ PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER

“Part Stevie Nicks, part confessional troubadour… Atmospheric influences bring out the full range of her lean expressive vocalising and the songs boast depth and panache.” ~ DAILY MIRROR UK

“Rebecca Pronsky addresses the struggles of a generation attempting to get by. Over a propulsive beat and a wash of noirishly twangy guitars… Pronsky’s voice conveys the wisdom of experience without crossing the line into defeatist world-weariness.” ~ NPR, SONG OF THE DAY

“Rebecca Pronsky could probably sing the phone book and bring out subtle nuances in the listings with her penetrating voice. Her guitar-slinging husband Rich Bennett would throw in some rhythmic leads to bolster them too. The two of them, and a few friends, have been making beautiful music together on three albums (plus a few EPs and live disc) by using the best qualities of pure country and singer-songwriter styles.” ~ BLURT

“Stunning. Rebecca’s music was breathtaking. Like the raw, uninhibited talents of artists such as Ida Cox and Maria Muldaur, her presence on stage was near electric. Her voice was milk and honey…” ~ BIRMINGHAM MAIL UK

“Brooklyn singer/songwriter Rebecca Pronsky shuffles through the dark territory where old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll, country, and folk come together. It’s roughly the same territory where Neko Case and Kelly Hogan operate, and any accusations of carpetbagging are shot down by both the conviction of her songs and the strength of her voice.” ~ METRO PULSE, KNOXVILLE

“Rebecca Pronsky confidently straddles the boundaries of folk, rockabilly and country roots in order to create her own distinctive sound, which at times feels like The Smiths relocated to Nashville.” ~ ALLAN WILKINSON, NORTHERN SKY

“When Rebecca Pronsky first appeared here a few years ago, I knew that this one someone to watch. As such a young performer, she was not afraid to take chances in her music. She takes chances the way the Rolling Stone’s took chances. Her new album will make for a wonderful listen.” ~ SUZY MOORE, AVALON THEATRE, Easton, MD

“Talented local folk-pop songsmith. Her writing is literate, passionate, and wry.” ~ TIME OUT NY

“More retro than redneck… There’s some country flair infused into her lush folk style. Sounds like jazzy-folk female Chris Isaak.” ~ CREATIVE LOAFING

PRAISE FOR “KNOWN OBJECTS”

“A dazzling brilliance to compose and sing …The emotion in her voice, her inspired songwriting, and the moving force of her songs are the best parts. ‘Shadow’ is a song inspired by various readings on the Big Bang and dark matter, but also on the most remote areas of the heart and soul. Wonderful… introspective, almost existential. ~ LOFF.IT

“(4 STARS) Rebecca Pronsky has a voice to die for and her delivery is nothing short of crystal clear… Finely crafted lyrics are the order of the day and under the inspired guidance of Rich Bennett, the artist has come up with a gem. A truly lovely album.” ~ MAVERICK

“(4 STARS) A thrilling and diverse collection of songs… the songwriting and arrangements on show here display wonderful talent and versatility by Pronsky and Bennett.” ~ R2

“The general tone of the album is defined by austerity with limited orchestration only where really necessary… This allows the beautiful voice of Rebecca Pronsky to get all the attention it deserves and that is perhaps the most important conclusion about the new album “Known Objects”: This lady can sing really beautifully and writes very interesting songs.” ~ ROOTSTIME.BE

“I love it when an album has such great fluidity with each song carrying naturally into the next, yet retaining individuality. We thrive on presenting new material from highly creative musicians such as you.” ~ MARK TOBLER, AMERICANA MUSIC DIRECTOR, WTUL 91.5FM

“This is a record that deserves attention. Rebecca Pronsky makes music that moves and intrigues.  Opener “Bag Of Bones” makes an immediate impression. In the album’s 39 minutes, Rebecca Pronsky conveys a very versatile sound… In the more country-oriented songs I hear sometimes from Nancy Griffith, while the folky songs sometimes reminiscent of Joni Mitchell, but on the whole Rebecca Pronsky has her own sound. The instrumentation is equally versatile. She is assisted by several musicians, including guitarist Ben Monder who shone on Bowie’s Black Star and now impresses in two of the tracks. [She does] a striking version of The Blue Nile’s beautiful Heatwave, where her voice conquers and captivates over intriguing guitar work. It is one of the many highlights on an album that I find to be among the surprises of 2016.” ~ DE KRENTEN HIT DE POP

“Nice new album. She really does mix up the styles but one thing for sure: she’s a fine singer/songwriter.” ~ MARIE CRICHTON, host of Country Music show, BBC Hereford & Worcester

“There’s something in this woman’s voice which reminds me so much of the fantastic female members of The Rankin Family and that’s saying something. It’s a great voice. And ‘Snowing Sideways’ — I loved every second of that.” ~ FRANK HENNESSY, BBC RADIO WALES

PRAISE FOR “ONLY DAUGHTER”

“(4 STARS) (TOP TEN COUNTRY ALBUMS OF 2013!) Enjoyable and beguiling. Rebecca Pronsky has a voice that’s full of character, sensitive and rich, and her songs — many of which have a rare modern quality of being short and sharp —are stimulating and catchy.” ~ DAILY TELEGRAPH UK

“(4 STARS) This is ‘proper’ country music, not the sort that harks back to the past, but the sort that’s urban as it is rural, not afraid to be sophisticated… Pronsky is the complete package: interpreter, writer, singer and (together with guitarist Rich Bennett, whose licks and leads are a critical part of the music) producer. A great way to start the year.” ~ MAVERICK

“(4 STARS) Some critics, it seems, have a hard time defining New York singer Rebecca Pronsky… But who cares, when the result is as brilliant as Only Daughter – a much darker but no less impressive follow-up to 2011’s Viewfinder.” ~ COUNTRY MUSIC PEOPLE

“This Brooklyn native should be a household name as far as we’re concerned. Day time play list on Radio 2 at least. Sigh, but alas, we are not in charge! ‘Viewfinder’ is a superb record by an accomplished musician – it’s obvious she’s playing music since the year dot … on track to become one of America’s foremost modern folk songstresses.” ~ RUTH BARNES, BBC 6 PICKS

“She explores the underbelly of our existence… Pronsky is an excellent vocalist whose pure soprano creates an interesting mesh with her lyrics’ cynicism. Once again Pronsky’s husband/guitarist Rich Bennett adroitly handles production – this time with a more indie pop than Americana vibe.” ~ SING OUT!

“(4 STARS) It’s Pronsky’s writing that invites such scope and she creates strong images with words she wraps in direct, easily digested melodies and sings with both warmth and steely conviction.” ~ HERALD SCOTLAND

“(4 STARS) An album that avoids the usual country clichés. [Rich’s] electric guitar does twang over her acoustic instrument and individualist lyrics to create a sense of style that travels the English-speaking world.” ~ THE SCOTSMAN

“Brooklyn chanteuse grows by leaps and bounds. Opener “Rise Up” gets things started with a bang, all layered guitar and urgent vocals, and is capably followed up with tunes such as “The Garden”, “Big Demands” and a cover version of Sun Kil Moon’s haunting “Glenn Tipton”.  At its best, Pronsky’s voice contains an edge that is well suited to such musically dense, muscular arrangements. …strong overall and a sizeable improvement over its predecessor. Rise up, indeed.” ~ DAVID MAINE, POPMATTERS

PRAISE FOR “VIEWFINDER”

“Most Americana-UK regulars will be familiar with the wonderful Rebecca Pronsky. Since bringing us her sound she has been talked about quite a lot around our site not to mention critics all over the globe. Pronsky’s new record ‘Viewfinder’ is out and shaking it all about, what a superb record it is too… ‘Viewfinder’ is music for the generation; largely a reflection of recession, war and loss and how it has affected our lives. However, to read between the lines and decipher the abstract and metaphorical content of her words is to take heart. She is an optimist. Her heart is strong but tender. Her words are at first disillusioned but then point to a better future, her melodies both exhilarating and haunting and her delivery immaculate… It’s clear that this lady’s crooning chords have been honed to perfection. And it’s not for the ipod shuffle setting either. Although there are potential hits at every turn something about the gradual unravelling of her perceptions makes this more of a start to finish in a comfy armchair listen, or indeed a dimly lit basement bar with a gin and tonic. Its thinking music while so many of her contemporaries remain background… Currently touring the UK (I caught her at Camden Town’s Green Note), it seems she is finally ready to take us by storm over here.” ~ AMERICANA UK

“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. A warmly personable way with her audience, interspersing songs drawn mainly from her new second album Viewfinder, completed an evening’s thorough enjoyment. ~ SUE WILSON, THE SCOTSMAN

“Her breezy blend of roots, country and jazz sounds pretty upbeat, but Pronsky’s lyrics are sometimes arrestingly dark.” ~ TIME OUT LONDON

“Very fine! Worth seeking out. I’m particularly impressed with Pronsky’s voice.” ~ IAIN ANDERSON, BBC RADIO SCOTLAND

“Don’t be fooled by the jaunty melodies; her lyrics are fairly intense. Very interesting indeed!” ~ DONAL BROUGHAN, RTÉ RADIO 1 IRELAND

“It’s quality! ‘Hard Times’ rocks along like a 50s honky tonk thing. ‘Aberdeen’, another fine tune. Definitely wanna keep an eye out for her.” ~ RALPH MCLEAN, BBC RADIO ULSTER

(4 STARS) “Her clear strong expressive vocals also have an appealing languorous feel that only seems to enhance the strength of these beautifully written songs. … An album of rare beauty that demands repeated listening sessions!” ~ AMERICAN ROOTS UK

“This is a record clearly defined by its treatment of mature topics – featuring a young vibrant vocal delivered by an old soul…. It is this soul-searching – both personal and yet universal – that ultimately keeps the album’s scope varied. Often these topics are tinged with a double meaning, perhaps relevant only to the singer: fleeting references to struggle and freedom, loss and gain, growth and war which all have their roots placed deeper than we may think upon a first listening.” ~ THE LINE OF THE BEST FIT

“One of the finest singer-songwriter records of 2011. The opening song, “Hard Times,” is an instant attention-getter and country hit. It aptly introduces the album’s solid country influence and overall theme of lost innocence, cold reality, doubt and relationships.” ~ COMMON FOLK MUSIC

“On new release Viewfinder from Brooklyn-based (& Brown alum) Rebecca Pronsky, it’s the voice that time and again grabs attention over the course of its 11 tracks. It’s a supple instrument that Pronsky possesses that effortlessly ebbs and flows with the emotional tack of the songs… Viewfinder lands somewhere in that void between Americana and pop, oft-times taking its cue from the tremolo twang tones of guitarist Richard Bennett and at other times the singing of Ms. Pronsky.” ~ DAN FERGUSON, WRIU-FM 90.3

PRAISE FOR “THE BEST GAME IN TOWN”

“Songbird. With a brutal, cutting lyricism and a jazz trained voice, Ms. Pronsky is an act worth catching. Her latest EP, The Best Game in Town, [is] a lush combination of indie pop, Americana, folk and jazz.” ~ ITHACA TIMES

(4 STARS) “A beautiful album.” ~ HEAVEN MAGAZINE (Netherlands)

PRAISE FOR “DEPARTURES & ARRIVALS”

“Rebecca Pronsky struck a deep chord on last year’s Departures & Arrivals, with a little twang and a lot of empathy.” * TOP TEN BEST ALBUMS OF 2008 Critic’s List * ~ PHILADELPHIA CITY PAPER

“She’s a born and bread Brooklynite, but lately Rebecca Pronksy has had a little extra twang in her step. Departures and Arrivals is her third release… It’s also her most polished effort yet with a distinct country-pop flavor. Pronsky [is] one of the rising stars of Brooklyn’s indie music scene… With slicker, ballsier vocals and jazzier progressions than your average folksinger, she bridges the gaps between folk, Americana, jazz and indie pop.” ~ EAST BAY EXPRESS

“Her poetic depth would be enough for me, but that voice! If you’re half as blown away by Rebecca Pronsky as I was, you’ll still never forget her.”
~ MATT MORELOCK, BLUE PLATE SPECIAL – WDVX 102.9, KNOXVILLE

“[She] displays the same remarkable mix of grace and grit as Neko Case. [She] doesn’t get quite so specific in her lyrics… [her] songs provide the framework; her clear, supple voice is a natural vehicle for empathy. And she trusts her listeners to use their imaginations to fill in the details. Definitely one to watch.” ~ JEWISH EXPONENT