Brian Rath

Brian Rath


"He has the voice of God," someone whispered. (City Newspaper, 2005). Powerful, dynamic singer blends folk-rock, pop, bluesy madrigal, into memorable originals.


Brian Rath's relentless pursuit of the stage and audience is finally starting to pay off. He was recently chosen as one of the "6 Musicians to Watch in '06," by Insider magazine. And his song "21 Old" was also selected for the "14 Best Singer Songwriters of Greenwhich Village 2005" Cd compilation through UMO Music.

Even though NYC beckons Rath lately, he has decided to stay in Rochester for the time being, enjoying the recognition as a local musician. Between CD sales, mailing lists filling up, and steady gigs, Rath is putting NYC on the backburner for the time being.

In 1998 Rath left his hometown and began a series of stints at various colleges. Finally, a move to Boston in 2000 led him to a degree in English Literature from Northeastern University. It was in Boston that Rath began playing his first gigs and feverishly writing new songs.

Rath started wandering into Cambridge at night to play his latest songs at the famous Club Passim Open Mic, where Bob Dylan and Joan Baez started out. A place with lots of history and relevance, it was a perfect habitat for the young musician.

In 2003, Rath returned to Rochester and has become a recognized face in the local music scene. Recent press compared him as a cross between Jeff Buckley and Tom McRae, which suits him just fine since Buckley is one of a handful of his influences. "My influences are constantly shifting; I consider Dylan an acoustic bard or a misfit professor. I've worn out most of his albums. Rufus Wainwright, REM, Radiohead, Jump Little Children all have impacted me."

"Singing live allows me to release emotions in public that we as a society typically keep shielded from others. I think our role as artists is to let that guard down. Thom Yorke, Janis Joplin, Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan….these artist all have/had a freedom of the heart. Whether it bleeds or shines, the point is, show it, make them feel it.”


Brian Rath (2005)
- streaming tracks at
- "21 Old" played on Rochester stations 90.5, 98.9

Set List

My songs:

21 Old
Edgar Allan Poe's Baking Contest Blues
Where the Weather Don't Shine
Pilot Fish
Run, Run, Run, It's Easy
Maple Tree
Nothing Changes
Undercover Lover
Woburn Town
Green Tiger
Deep End
Get Gone
Walkin' Away

Lately, most of my shows are around 2 hours, with two sets. The other night I played overtime without even realizing it. How many jobs can you say that about?

Cover songs:

Things Have Changed-Dylan
Going To California-Zeppelin
Eli the Barrow Boy-The Decemberists
Hotel Yorba/Me and Julio Down by the School Yard (medley)-White Stripes, Paul Simon
Hallelujah/Lilac Wine-Jeff Buckley
A Well Respected Man-the Kinks
People are Strange-the Doors
Across the Universe, Ballad of John and Yoko-Lennon
Suzanne-Leonard Cohen
Dream-Everly Brothers

many others...