Joe Purdy & Amber Rubarth
Joe Purdy and Amber Rubarth, two artists steeped in the rich tradition of American folk music team up for some very special performances to coincide with the already acclaimed indie film, "American Folk" as well as its superb soundtrack album released January 2018. "American Folk” is an intimate look into our nation’s heart in the days following the attacks of 9/11. The story is told from the perspective of two people traveling across the U.S. with a sobering look into those dark days while also serving as a reminder of the power of music and a compassion that unites us all.
Purdy’s latest album, “Who Will Be Next?” is a searing but compassionate commentary on our turbulent times.
Rubarth’s new album, “Wildflowers In The Graveyard,” is a collection of songs exploring the cycles of life, death and rebirth in nature and relationships. She has been referred to by Huffington Post as "Part of the new old-soul generation.”
Celebrated singer/songwriter Joe Purdy is more aptly described as a troubadour—the term, as archaic as it may seem, refers moreover to the idea of a communicator of folklore through song– one who travels and tells stories using the effective medium of music.
Purdy understands that his own live music tradition has as much to do with commanding captivated, pin-drop silence as it does prompting roars – which it most definitely has – because in those hushed moments, a solemn and crystal-clear voice, the resonance of acoustic guitar strings into the reverberant din of a music hall, his stories are being heard. It is a pure experience. It’s about Joe and his audience.
This direct communication with his fans has, year after year, album after album, translated from the stage to the further dissemination of his folklore. Purdy has chosen to release his albums on his own independent label, Mudtown Crier Records, and with the help of national TV placements and that constant conversation with a strong and evergrowing fan base, he has been able to sell a staggering 1 million direct track downloads in the US on iTunes without ever signing to a label.
Joe and those people, all over the country (and beyond) perpetually willing to hear his stories
"Part of the new old-soul generation." - HUFFINGTON POST
"She has developed a unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics from another era." - ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE
Amber Rubarth has a playful simplicity and insightfulness to her musings that has connected with people around the world. From villages across South Africa to clubs in Japan, at Carnegie Hall, and backed up by a full chamber orchestra, and throughout hundreds of clubs and theaters in Europe and the US, "she has developed a unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics from another era." -Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
The word has spread organically around her independently released albums, attracting glowing features from The Huffington Post, NPR, and BBC Radio. She has been hand-picked to open tours for songwriting legends Emmylou Harris, Kenny Loggins, Richie Havens, Marc Cohn, Loudon Wainwright III and Dr. Ralph Stanley and was awarded Grand Prize in NPR's Mountain Stage New Song Contest. A live recording of Rubarth from Memphis' legendary Sun Studio is currently airing on PBS.
Rubarth's newest release, Wildflowers in the Graveyard (Sept. 29, 2017), is a collection of songs exploring the cycles of life, death and rebirth in nature and relationships. Its sparse intimacy draws you in and lyrically sits comfortably in the inherent mystery as she sings, "I'm walking to the edge of where the river meets the sky / Holding my head up and closing my eyes / And all the answers I've been hoping to find are written in the water." All songs are self-penned and recorded analogue to 2" tape with engineer and co-producer Matt Andrews (Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Dawes) in her hometown of Nashville. The record's bold magnetic energy draws you in to each nuance and detail as it reveals layers with the elegance of a wildflower.
In addition to her solo music, Rubarth made her acting debut co-starring alongside folk troubadour Joe Purdy in the new feature film "American Folk," winner of "Best American Independent" at CIFF. The film will be released theatrically on January 26, 2018 alongside a tour. Prior to acting, Rubarth scored and composed for films including the highly acclaimed Sundance Film Festival winner Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work (with Paul Brill) and the award-winning documentary Desert Runners. She also is the founder of two collaborative projects, Brooklyn indie band The Paper Raincoat, an iTunes Indie Spotlight featured in commercials for Google and Aquafina and currently creating their musical theater production, and the UK-based harmony folk trio Applewood Road, whose debut album was named The Telegraph's Best Albums of 2016 after performing last year at Glastonbury Festival. Rubarth's original trio arrangement featuring Applewood Road can be heard on the 2017 BBC documentary "Sisters in Country: Dolly, Linda and Emmylou."