Press

“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. Personal, anecdotal and emotional.” ~ NPR, SONG OF THE DAY

“(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

“Part Stevie Nicks, part confessional troubadour, Pronsky sheds some of her Trad Americana skin on this outing, emerging as a cute but dark talent in the process. Atmospheric influences bring out the full range of her lean expressive vocalising and the songs boast depth and panache.” ~ DAILY MIRROR UK

“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 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

“(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) Pronsky’s performance stands head and shoulders above most of her contemporaries, especially in combination with her superlative writing skills. Pretty close to perfection…. Viewfinder reveals Pronsky to be an outstanding lyricist with the ability to stop you in your tracks…” ~ R2 UK (ROCK n REEL)

“(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

“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

“The performance itself was sublime.  On stage in layers of cardigan and thick tights and boots on a freezing cold night, Rebecca was more than ably supported by guitarist and foil Rich Bennett.  His playing was a feature of the evening [and] provided a musical wash over proceedings that slotted perfectly with the imagery of Miss Pronsky’s lyrics.  Playing, lead, rhythm, wah wah you name it he could do it. Then Rebecca herself.  She has one of those voices that reaches deep into your soul as she draws you into her world.  …The audience didn’t really care what category she did or didn’t fit into.  They knew that that they had just witnessed a wonderful performance.” ~ NO DEPRESSION

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

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

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

“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

“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

“She has her own unique sound… it grabs you and doesn’t let go. She’s got great songwriter qualities and her supporting band is excellent… Rebecca delivered such a great piece of music.” ~ ROOTSTIME.BE

“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

“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

“… 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

“On “The Early Hours,” New York-native Rebecca Pronsky offers six perfect songs that sound as natural and unforced as a spring breeze in late April… Rebecca’s voice is both dark and hopeful, and she has surrounded herself with a first-rate band to help drive them home… There isn’t a complicated thing on this entire record, and that is testament to how well the songs are written.” ~ PORTSMOUTH HERALD

“More than just a solid band backing her smooth music and clever lyrics, it’s Pronsky’s voice that sets her apart from the stereotypical folk singer… With her jazz background and penchant for rocking, Rebecca Pronsky plays folk unlike most folkies.” ~ NEW HAVEN REGISTER

“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