The Toy Hearts are pleased to present to you direct from Brooklyn, NY, USA the wonderful Rebecca Pronsky @ The Hare and Hounds this Thursday 28th March 2013. This will be the third in a series of events that THs have been hosting, showcasing select bands from North America live in Kings Heath, Birmingham. As always there will be music from both acts with a collective jam at the end of the show to round off the evening. Tickets are just £8.00 and can be purchased online in addition to on the door, opens 8pm. As always, we suggest booking early to avoid disappointment!
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Rebecca Pronsky is a born and raised Brooklynite who plays twangy folk that is"as urban as it is rural, not afraid to be sophisticated" (Maverick UK) She's a "poetic lyricist" (All Music Guide who sounds "more retro than redneck" (Creative Loafing) with an onstage performance that is "passionate and wry" (Time Out NY).
Rebecca tours with husband/lead guitarist Rich Bennett who "puts the trimmings on the music with a battery of echo drenched, twangy leads" (Blurt). Rich's reverby guitar sound, along with Rebecca's strong vocals and rhythm tenor and acoustic guitars, have taken them everywhere from the Paradiso (Amsterdam), Triple Door (Seattle), Birchmere (DC), The Cluny (Newcastle), to Celtic Connections (Glasgow), and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (NY).
NPR recently featured Rebecca's song "Hard Times" on their 'Song of the Day' program saying "her voice conveys the wisdom of experience" and "she addresses the struggles of a generation attempting to get by...over a wash of noirishly twangy guitars."
In her years of touring, Rebecca has shared stages with a group of varied artists includingShawn Colvin, Freedy Johnston, Patty Larkin, Peter Case, Josh Ritter, Erin McKeown, Loudon Wainwright III, Caroline Herring, Sarah Bettens of K's Choice, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, The Everybodyfields, Shannon McNally, Catie Curtis, The Bowerbirds, Eilen Jewell, Tracy Grammer,Carrie Rodriguez, Wayne Hancock, Amy Rigby & Wreckless Eric, Steve Forbert, and many more.
Her 2011 release "Viewfinder" received loads of accolades on both sides of the Atlantic. UK's R2 gave it 4 stars saying she's "head and shoulders above most of her contemporaries, an outstanding lyricist with the ability to stop you in your tracks" and Common Folk Music calls the album "one of the finest singer-songwriter records of 2011."
Rebecca's new album "Only Daughter" will be released this spring -- it is her 3rd release on Austin's Nine Mile Records -- sending her on tour on both east and west coasts and throughout the UK and Europe. The record is gritty and dark, layered and dreamy, bravely disobeying the usual conventions of the Americana genre.
Rebecca's musical life began early. As a child, her powerful voice and musical talent stuck out and she was encouraged to pursue vocal training in New York City. But it wasn't until she was 16, after many years of singing other people's songs, that she picked up the guitar and began to write her own. At Brown University, Rebecca discovered ethnomusicology and jazz singing and recorded her first demo of original music. Demo and diploma in hand, Rebecca moved back home to Brooklyn. Soon she met guitarist and composer Rich Bennett who helped her record her first EP and has been her musical partner and co-producer ever since. The two finally married this summer. When not on the road, they are at home in Brooklyn with their three cats Basil, Cybele and Sven.