New record! A concept album about Hillary Clinton.

I just did a rehearsal for my new project and I am SO jazzed and thrilled to announce that I will be recording a new album in July:

Witness: The Hillary Song Cycle

Imagining the inner world of Hillary Clinton in the weeks following the election.

KICKSTARTER VIDEO

I am fundraising on Kickstarter to make this happen. Everyone who donates gets the record early, before the official release, plus other limited edition gifts like a poster signed by the entire female creative team, sheet music, tickets to the release show, etc. 

About the new record:

After the election, Hillary Clinton all but disappeared. I worried about her and wondered what she was feeling, thinking, how she was coping. I began writing songs from her point of view, an inner monologue of her life during that mysterious time.

In "Witness" we follow Hillary as she goes for walks in the woods, wrestles with the voices of her doubters, dances in her living room barefoot, and swears... a lot. Her monologue travels from disbelief to depression, rage to grief, and acceptance to hope.

An all female creative team:

Rehearsal with our "spirit animal". From left: Mary Feaster, Viva DeConcini, Rebecca Pronsky, Deidre Rodman Struck, Heather Wagner

One of the best things about the new album is that the creative team will be all female. I've assembled a dream team of female talent and I could not be more excited about that.

We will be recording the album over the summer, for release on November 8, 2017 (the one year anniversary of the election).

Thank you so much!
Rebecca

New single & video out today

Today I release a new single and an accompanying video. The song was written the day after the presidential election. It's a sad one, but I hope it's cathartic for some of you.

I wrote “Where Are You Now?" on November 9, 2016. I'd spent the night prior at a gathering of women, energized and ready for a historic moment. That moment never came. Instead the wind was knocked out of us by what felt like the sudden death of a close friend. Smiles turned to tears, disbelief, humiliation. Months later, a profound sense of loss continues to follow me around, though I am amazed by the energy and conviction that have emerged as well.

The single’s cover art (above) is a photograph of a piece by artist and friend Spencer Merolla. The piece is called "A Loss". Spencer crafted it from the clothes she wore on election night: a white pantsuit honoring the Suffragettes. It seems perfectly fitted to go alongside the song, as she was working through her grief too.

The video was filmed and directed by Mark L. Feinsod at Acme Hall Studios and features my debut playing piano in front of a camera. It's good to be vulnerable sometimes.

"Where Are You Now?" is on iTunesBandcampSpotify and other digital music outlets.

Thank you for listening!
Rebecca

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Billy Joel's "The Stranger" 40 Anniversary show

This Saturday night, I am so honored to be a part of this great tribute to one of my favorite albums. I'm singing lead on "Only The Good Die Young" and doing backing vocals on several tunes PLUS, and perhaps most exciting: I'm doing the whistling part on the title track. Woot.

Songs of Resistance - Feb 10

I'm so proud to be hosting and playing a song at this amazing concert with some of the best musicians and songwriters in NYC. Everyone will be performing a song they wrote since the election. It's sure to be an emotional and exciting evening. All the proceeds go to CHiPS, a local soup kitchen and women's shelter. It's the first in a series of regular concerts our studio Acme will be presenting at the Greenwood Church in Park Slope.
 

Fall Tour & WYEP Feature

I'm excited to report that I am this week’s guest on Coffeehouse Conversations on WYEP in advance of our show in Pittsburgh. I will be guest DJing and talk about the new record.

We leave for our fall tour tomorrow! See you at:

Friday, Sep 30 PITTSBURGH, PA Mr. Small’s Funhouse w/ Emily Rodgers
Saturday, Oct 1 CHICAGO, IL Elevated Songwriters Series w/ Katie Dahl
Wednesday, Oct 5 FRANKLIN, TN Music City Roots w/ Claire Lynch, and more
Thursday, Oct 6 ASHEVILLE, NC Isis Lounge w/ Amanda Anne Platt
Friday, Oct 7 KNOXVILLE, TN WDVX’s First Friday Live

New Record "Known Objects" out today!

Hello! I’m thrilled to report that my new album “Known Objects” was released today. I’m so proud of this one and of the amazing musicians that contributed to the recording. You can get a physical copy of the CD at my store. It is also available for purchase digitally on iTunes and Bandcamp, and is streaming on the listen page and on Spotify and lots of other services. Anyone who has pre-ordered digitally should have gotten the files this morning.

n the US, the album has received airplay on:
WFUVWFMUWDVXWFDUWTMDWSCAWMBRWERUWRIUWMSCWYEPWMFOWEFTWFMTWNURWDCBWYCEWRRWWVIAKansas Public RadioKFAIKLCCKBCSKRVMKRSHKDNKKZYX.

In the UK & Europe: BBC Radio ScotlandBBC Radio WalesBBC Radio UlsterBBC Radio Hereford & WorcesterALL FM 96.9Amazing RadioCeltic Music RadioBC-FMCroydon RadioRadio Winchcombe 107.1Hermitage FMSevern FMChemlsford Community RadioSwindon 105.5Radio SummerhallRadio VeralumHFM 102.3Phonic 106.8KA RadioMeridian FMKX RadioMeer RadioRTV BaarnRTV PurmerendRTV Noordoost-FrieslandRoots & FusionRoots ParadiseOmroep VlaardingenRadio CapelleRadio MolRadio ParkstadPlastico ElasticoEms Vechte WelleHighway 61.

Thanks to everyone who joined us in NYC for the CD release show at Jalopy Theatre. You all got to hear and buy the record before the official release date.

Upcoming tour dates:
May 21 Newtown Square, PA Burlap & Bean
June 11 Fanwood, NJ Fanwood Performance Series
June 18 Easton, MD Avalon Theatre
June 24 Medford, MA UCC Music for the Soul
July 1 Montgomeryville, PA Stone & Key Cellars
July 9 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall

Midwest with Shawn Colvin!

Hello good folks,

How ARE you? I want to tell you what an insane snowstorm we had here, but the truth is, I went to Mexico for a week and completely missed it. Best timing ever!

A bit last minute, but in just a couple weeks, we will be heading out to the Midwest to do a few shows supporting the wonderful Shawn Colvin:

Tue Feb 16 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark tickets
Wed Feb 17 – day off: Grand Rapids, MI – Wonder Wagon House Concert
Thu Feb 18 – Grand Rapids, MI – St. Cecilia’s tickets
Fri Feb 19 – Evanston, IL – Space tickets
Sat Feb 20 – Evanston, IL – Space tickets

I haven’t played in some of these places, well, ever. So that’s exciting.

The new record “Known Objects” is nearly doneRelease date is May 6 with copies available at shows and via pre-order in April.

We’ll get back on the road again in spring to do CD release shows. If you have a venue you’d like to see us at or a house concert you recommend, please get in touch.

Until then,
Rebecca

Holiday single “Snowing Sideways” out today!

snowing sideways

Buy the song on BandcampiTuneseMusic, and many other digital music outlets.

I’m so excited to share with you my first release of new music in nearly three years. “Snowing Sideways” is the first single from our new record which will be released in full in late spring.

There’s also a music video for the song, which I put together using archival footage of snowy home movies and ski lodge scenes from the 50s and 60s:

“Snowing Sideways” was recorded at our new space Acme Hall Studios and produced by Rich Bennett. Rich plays a variety of instruments on the song including acoustic guitar, tenor guitar, octophone and octave guitar, as well as piano. We were joined by Dan Shuman on upright bass and Spencer Cohen on percussion.

Here are some other things that have been going on:

I opened for Madeleine Peyroux earlier this month. It was a real treat to share the stage with her. Her cover of Elliot Smith’s “Between the Bars” has haunted me for over a decade.

This American Live Holiday Show

Sang with Lucy Wainwright Roche at a holiday comedy show hosted by NPR’s This American Life and Ira Glass. The show featured some incredible comedians including members of the cast of SNL. An honor.

Booked my NYC CD release show for Friday, April 15 at the Jalopy Theatre!

We are continuing to work on our new album and have had so many wonderful special guests in to record with us. Here’s who came in during November: Karen Dahlstrom from Bobtown, brilliant guitarst Ben Monder, cellist and songwriter Serena Jost.

Thank you so much for checking out “Snowing Sideways.” I’ll be in touch after the new year about pre-orders for the new record.

I’ve booked a couple of record release tour dates so far but am looking for more northeast shows the last week of April and other areas over the summer. Do get in touch if you’d like to host a house concert or put us on at your venue.

Have an excellent rest of 2015 and happy holidays!
Rebecca

Recording our new album and other adventures.

Hello folks,

The first half of 2015 flew by as Rich and I got our recording studio and music education space Acme Hall Studios up and running. During off hours, we’ve been recording our new album. The arrangements for this next release build on the sound we’ve created touring as a live duo over the past few years. With the guitars as the driving force, our approach is more intimate and acoustic. We are so excited to be welcoming in special guest musicians Spencer CohenSerena JostGreta Gertler GoldEmily HurstDan ShumanDeidre StruckKaren DahlstromLucy Wainwright Roche, and many more, to add layers of harmony voices, upright bass, cello, and percussion to the record.

The album will be released in spring 2016 with tour dates to follow. I’ll have pre-orders available in the winter. We are releasing one of the songs, “Snowing Sideways”, as a holiday single in early December. You can tell by the name that the timing will be perfect.

In other news: I had a fantastic time opening for Shawn Colvin around the northeast in April. Just as spring was springing, we got to get back on the road and see trees blooming. We played to wonderful audiences of dedicated music listeners and worked out many new songs including our cover of “Heatwave” by The Blue Nile, which will be on the new record.

On July 4, I had the honor of singing with a small choir at the one and only Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island. I don’t think I have ever experience an event that embodied Brooklyn as much as this one. It was awesome to be a part of it. In case you’re wondering, Joey Chestnut ended his 8 year winning streak by being beaten by a newcomer who ate 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Thanks and enjoy these (hot) dog days of summer!

Rebecca

April 2015 dates supporting Shawn Colvin!

Excited to announce that I will be supporting the wonderful Shawn Colvin on several of her April tour dates in the northeast! I’m also doing a show of my own in New York in the midst of these dates. Here are venues and ticket links:

04/08/15     Annapolis, MD  Ram’s Head On Stage tickets *
04/09/15     New York, NY  Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 tickets +
04/10/15     Chatham, NJ  Sanctuary Concerts tickets *
04/16/15   State College, PA State Theatre tickets *
04/17/15   Sellersville, PA  Sellersville Theatre tickets *
04/18/15     Sugar Loaf, NY Sugar Loaf Performing Arts Center tickets *

* supporting Shawn Colvin
+ just me doing my thing