The Poem Adept
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The Poem Adept

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States

Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Band Folk Singer/Songwriter


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"The Found Show Comes Home"

"The tender emotional tunes come mainly from Peter's album, Songs for the Long, Lonely Drive, an aptly titled collection that is a little bit folk and a little bit poetic rock - think Counting Crows meets Patty Griffin with a little James Taylor. The lyrics could make you cry - if it weren't for Peter's funny stories about where they come from."

- Current Magazine - Current Magazine - November, 2005

"Heavy Rotation"

"Songs for the Long Lonely Drive (21 balloons) - Peter Rothbart draws inspiration for his folky guitar ballads from the detritus detailed in his brother's FOUND magazine. Don't miss the hidden track, based on a booty rap discovered in Ypsilanti, MI."

- Amy Fritch, editorial production manager, SPIN Magazine - SPIN Magazine - July, 2004

"The Real Deal"

"The unusual combination of ethereal vocals and unwaveringly precise guitar give Rothbart's songs incredible weight...the honest beauty of his music is unmistakeable, and well worth the listen."

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"Long Beach Culture Magazine"

"Peter [Rothbart] is a true craftsman, a fact evinced in his singing, guitar-playing, and the obvious work put into his compositions."

- Long Beach Culture, - Long Beach Culture - June, 2006

"Adzuki Bean Stash"

"...Peter, who has a gentle vox similar to Paul Taylor and performed on acoustic guitar, writes a lot of songs inspired by found objects. Sometimes he even incorporates the written text on the various notes in these finds into his lyrics. The finished product is often poignant and sensitive. Sometimes they're rip-roaringly funny. For instance, one of the songs he performed was a 'cover' of The Booty Don't Stop...adapted from a cassette tape found in Ypsilanti, Michigan that belonged to an aspiring rapper named Tim Schreiber. Whether Tim is flattered or mortified, I'm not sure... Let me tell you, people were rolling on the floor laughing their heads off with this one." - Adzuki Bean Stash - June, 2006

"LA Times"

"Peter Rothbart is an utterly engaging performer!" - Los Angeles Times - June, 2006


The Sight of Any Bird (LP) - 2007
Songs for the Long Lonely Drive (LP) - 2004



Praised in SPIN Magazine, featured on NPR, and lauded by independent press nationwide, Peter Rothbart - also known as The Poem Adept - has built a reputation as one of folk music’s rising young stars. Rolling Stone’s Julie Gerstein calls Rothbart “an incredibly talented musician and songwriter,” and Andrea Sachs of the Washington Post says that “The Poem Adept moves and affects at every level.”

With the release of The Poem Adept’s second album, The Sight of Any Bird in February of 2007, Rothbart offers an exquisite and compelling mosaic of songs ranging from the thoughtful and heartfelt ‘Fighting With Myself’ to the satirical and humorous ‘Bus or Beer.’ Insightful, clever, and captivating, The Sight of Any Bird exhibits Rothbart’s depth as a songwriter and serves as an exceptional follow-up to The Poem Adept’s debut album, Songs for the Long Lonely Drive.

Rothbart’s songs weave redemptive tales of love, loss, and longing. With the open road as a backdrop, he writes resonantly of seeking - and ultimately finding - one’s way. Also an editor at the innovative and acclaimed magazine, FOUND, Rothbart draws inspiration from discarded notes and letters sent in by readers worldwide.

With soulful and earnest lyrics, powerful vocals, and a commanding guitar, Rothbart blends the artistry and emotion that exemplify contemporary folk music. Following the tradition of greats such as Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake, and influenced by current artists such as Patty Griffin and Dar Williams, Rothbart delivers an engaging performance that promises to entertain!