Getting a taste of the States with Rebecca

Rebecca Pronsky.
Rebecca Pronsky.

SOUNDS of the States will be delivered by Rebecca Pronsky on a UK tour taking in Brighton’s Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar on Tuesday, January 24 at 7.30pm (01273 749465, £7).

Spokesman Geraint Jones said: “Rebecca Pronsky may be Brooklyn born, raised and based, but the dark twangy folk she creates on her Nine Mile Records disc Viewfinder sounds more at home in the deep woods and green pastures of Parsonsfield, Maine where it was recorded.

“Rebecca spent two weeks holed up with her band at Great North Sound Society with engineer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, John Prine, Langhorne Slim) creating the sweeping soundscapes that dominate Viewfinder.

“Pronsky addresses mostly personal topics - love, relationships, doubt - from a variety of interesting angles. The opener Hard Times feels both like an admonition to a friend to get it together and a sly parable of the current economic crisis; Fragile World details the fragility of a new relationship.

“Pronsky has been lauded in the past for her strong jazz-trained voice, but it’s the maturity of her songwriting and arrangements on Viewfinder that set it apart from the current crop of singer-songwriter records.

“Rebecca has been touring heavily for the past five years playing all over the US, UK and Europe and has shared stages with a varied group of artists including Freedy Johnston, Patty Larkin, Peter Case, Josh Ritter, Erin McKeown, Loudon Wainwright III, Caroline Herring, Shawn Colvin, The Everybodyfields, Shannon McNally, Catie Curtis, The Bowerbirds, Eilen Jewell, Carrie Rodriguez, Wayne Hancock, Steve Forbert, and many more.”