Amber Rubarth

Amber Rubarth

 New York City, New York, USA
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NPR Mountain Stage new song winner & "Best of NYC Songwriter" by Deli Magazine. New album produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones) features "Mirror" duet w/ Jason Mraz. Extensive tours through US, Europe & Japan.
"Songs so strong they sound like classics from another era" ~Acoustic Guitar

Biography

"She has developed a unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics from another era." -ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE

"Part of the new old-soul generation." -THE HUFFINGTON POST

Winner of NPR's prestigious Mountain Stage New Song Contest, Amber Rubarth writes songs with a courageous vulnerability so personal that it touches the universal. Rubarth's fifth album A Common Case of Disappearing, produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Kings of Leon), debuted at No. 13 on iTunes' songwriter chart and features duets with Jason Reeves and Jason Mraz. A new live album is being released late 2012 on audiophile label Chesky Records.

She has toured extensively throughout the US, Europe and Japan including appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center Atrium, sharing stages with many eminent artists including Emmylou Harris, Loudon Wainwright III, Jason Mraz, Kenny Loggins, Colin Hay, Dave Eggar and Lisa Loeb. Her songs have attracted enthusiastic praise from NPR, The Huffington Post, BBC Radio and Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Her live recording at legendary Sun Studios is now airing nationwide on PBS.

Rubarth also composes for films, most recently working with Paul Brill for the highly acclaimed Sundance Film Festival winner Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. On the side she collaborates with Alex Wong as The Paper Raincoat, an iTunes Indie Spotlight band chosen as Paste Magazine's "Best of What's Next."

For more information and a Free EP, please visit http://AmberRubarth.com

Lyrics

Rough Cut

Written By: Amber Rubarth / Alex Wong

Suddenly you're shaken with pain
Shooting down inside you
And now you're crumbling away
But this isn't like you
It doesn't stop 'til it breaks down all you know
You're breathing locks and your balance goes and

Ladadadadadadada
It takes a minute
Ladadadadadadada
It doesn't finish
Ladadadadadadada
You're breaking faster
Ladadadadadada
You're nothing after
There's nothing after

You try to make your escape
But the blows keep on coming
And as the dust clears away
You start to notice something
Each time a piece crashes down into the floor
You're a little lighter than just before and

Ladadadadadadada
It takes a minute
Ladadadadadadada
It doesn't finish
Ladadadadadadada
You'll see it after
Ladadadadadada
When you look backwards
When you look backwards

And now your eyes shift
From negative spaces
To contours that light up this rough cut design
And now you see it
You're sculpture in motion
You're unfinished art that keeps going
It keeps going
It keeps going and going and going and going..

You Will Love This Song

Written By: ambeR Rubarth

You always loved the colors and the details, so here's mine: I snuck out down a dark 17th Street late last night. I took my little orange book lamp and the notebook with the stars on the front, the sleeping bag that my ex gave to me to keep me warm, and a black fountain pen to write the words that it was too late to say out loud.

And my eyes turned green, like they do when I'm crying, and my heart it went to blue 'cause you told me that I might not be what you need, you want to try more out, but you're the only thing I can't stop thinking about.

Yeah, I like you a lot.. and I think it's worse than that.

You said you love it when all the words in a song move really fast and your ears have to choose just one little phrase to hold on to. And you love it when all the chords are really simple so you can play it on the guitar, and then when it goes to a funny one at the end you like that too (insert funny chord here). And so I'll build you a song, and I know you're gonna love it 'cause I'm putting in all the pieces that you said you wanted in it and I'm writing it here in my room in just my underwear and an orange t-shirt 'cause I know that you'd think that was hot.

Yeah hot, like that day that you called sick for work because we'd stayed out too late at The Cheesecake Factory the night before and we held hands on the beach, and I found that crab in a funny shell, and you took video of me holding it up by the newly painted blue motel. And you said "I like you a lot" and I thought 'well, this couldn't get much better.'

You said you were so happy you met me when you did 'cause you were starting to think you didn't like people. And you told me that when I moved that I could still stay in your room for weeks. But now I'm wondering if I imagined it or if it was ever really there 'cause they say even in magic nothing truly disappears, it just gets stuffed up somebody's sleeve or behind their hand or on top of their head.. and you forgot to keep your eye on it, you were looking down instead.

So now I'm the fool up on stage at the magic show searching the deck for my card while everyone laughs because they know that it's in plain sight to see, yeah it's stuck on your forehead, but I can't think you're mean 'cause I volunteered to be misled.

Yeah 'cause I like you a lot.. but I don't know what to do with it now.

And I like you a lot.. but I didn't think it'd hurt this bad.

And I like you a lot.. and we both know that it's worse than that.

Washing Day *WINNER OF INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION!*

Written By: Adam Levy & Amber Rubarth

Walking past my lover's house
Bitter taste still in my mouth
Too much whiskey, too much smoke
Last night's tears still on my coat
But now the rain has stopped its fall
Streets shine like a mirror ball
Sun comes on, it's just enough
Watch the flowers waking up

It's washing day
It's washing day
Colors run and fade away
It's washing day
It's washing day
Feel the threads like new again

Big machines all in a row
Mother with her child in tow
Change old paper for silver coins
Lose myself in all this noise
Wake up from a peaceful rest
Counting down a minute left
Cotton stops its jog in place
I hold it warm against my face

It's washing day
It's washing day
Colors run and fade away
It's washing day
It's washing day
Feel the threads like new again

What's this in my dungarees
In my back pocket, curled and creased
My old notebook filled with you
Our secrets now just streaks of blue
It's all a mess but beautiful
This emptiness a gift I hold
Write a poem with you in mind
Then I leave the memories behind
I leave the memories behind

It's washing day
It's washing day
Colors run and fade away
It's washing day
It's washing day
Feel the threads like new again
Feel the threads like new again
I feel the threads like new again

Sympathetic Vibrations

Written By: Amber Rubarth & Alex Wong

Please stay in your seat until the captain turns off the seatbelt sign
Red eye flight but I never fell asleep last night
And everything's new and everything glows here brighter than TV
But I can taste it, I can touch it, I can feel my heart go
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh

People stream around me through the steaming streets and flashing lights
We are the blood inside the veins that pump this city full of life
I get so mesmerized that I forget to breathe sometimes
We move in sync, we spin around, we step in time, our feet go
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh

The dissonance sounds right
The note they said was wrong
The one they told me never would belong
And I'm finally tuned into a sympathetic song
The city resonates, we hum along

I met a man who makes balloons turn into animals
He dates a girl who plays a saxophone between her toes
And everyone's new and everyone glows with something I have never seen
It's like a secret they are telling me that makes my heart go
Oh oh, oh oh, oh oh, oh

Discography

"Sessions from the 17th Ward" (Oct 2012) Live album on Chesky Records

"A Common Case of Disappearing" - (Nov. 2011) - produced by Jacquire King, featuring duets with Jason Mraz and Jason Reeves.

"Sun Studio Sessions" EP ~ (Feb. 2011) Live from Sun Studios - 30 minute concert now airing on PBS stations nationwide

"The Church EP" ~ (Dec. 2009) Duo EP with Adam Levy

"The Paper Raincoat" ~ (Nov. 2009) The Paper Raincoat (duo collaboration with Alex Wong), songs featured on One Tree Hill, The Last Song, and more.

"Good Mystery" ~ (Aug 2009) #1 Seller on Amie Street for 3 weeks, Radio Airplay on BBC Radio, various European and US Radio Stations.

"New Green Lines" ~ (May 2008)
*Feaured on NPR's All Songs Considered, The Huffington Post, BBC Radio and more.

"Unfinished Art" EP ~ (Aug 2006)

"Something New" ~ (Feb 2005)
* BEST OF by The Owl Mag (alongside Kanye West, Fiona Apple & Andrew Bird)

"Letting the Floodgates Go" EP ~ (Apr 2004)

Set List

SOLO: 60-90 minutes
Amber Rubarth (hollow body electric guitar, piano, vocals)

TRIO: 60-120 minutes
Amber Rubarth (hollow body electric guitar, piano, vocals)
Dave Eggar (cello, vocals)
Drummer (drums, vocals) - changes on location (LA, NYC & Europe based drummers)