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ambeR rubarth & Jim Bianco - 28th May 2010

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ambeR rubarth's star is rising fast. A gifted songwriter with a terrific stage presence she has been wooing fans from coast to coast in her native USA, and Europe, and she played a sell out show here back in October 2008. Recently she toured with Joshua Radin.

"Every so often an artist arrives with a lyrical ability to convey the simplest of things. With Amber Rubarth it's all in the detail. Refreshingly unique in her styling, Rubarth has built an eclectic collection of songs from the fun and frivolous to the raw and destructive - her voice knows no bounds where genre is concerned. But it's in her lyrics where the most satisfaction is found. Inspired by the works of Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen, her musings on life are delightful in their innocence and have the capacity to appeal to the most diverse audience. It's this very trait that bodes for a very promising future in which Rubarth will continue to break moulds." - Joel Crane --- NME, Q, Mojo (UK)

Her debut record was lauded as "Top 10 of 2005" in The Owl Mag (alongside Kanye West, Fiona Apple and Jack Johnson). She toured non-stop across the US and Europe, fine-tuning her own style of songs that beamed a refreshing mixture of vulnerability and courage, melancholia and optimism. "Washing Day" (co-written with Adam Levy) was awarded 1st Place in the International Songwriting Competition (Lyrics), judged by masters of their craft such as Tom Waits and Brian Wilson. The music video for the song was selected for this year's SXSW festival, alongside videos for Thom Yorke and Weird Al Yankovic.

As Music Connection (who put her in their Hot 100 Artists this year) says, Rubarth has "excellent mastery of the guitar, equally impressive on piano.. and a soaring voice that can belt out any tune... she may become unstoppable."

Recent plaudits include:

- 1st place winner of International Songwriting Contest (judged by Tom Waits, Brian Wilson, Robert Plant...) for "Washing Day"

- music video chosen as 1 of 20 to debut on the big screen at sxsw

- NPR did a feature on "You Will Love This Song" - saying "I was attracted by the honesty and the humor in a song by Amber Rubarth... This one had charm and a story that drew me in..."

- "Novacaine" featured in new ABC TV series "Samantha Who"

- Winner of American Songwriting Contest

“......Bianco has catapulted himself onto a level of eclectic songcraft on par with Elvis Costello and Tom Waits."” - LA WEEKLY

"Say what you will about the whole Hotel Cafe, these friends from LA have really put together a strong collection of song writers. Starting with Cary Brothers, one by one you see this collective showing up on show after show, soundtrack after soundtrack. On the surface, you might assume that most of the members sound exactly the same or are trying to write the same songs, but you'd be wrong.

Case in point; Jim Bianco. Jim's new record - Sing - is a mishmash of styles and influences that include Tom Waits, sexy jazz, Elvis Costello, Soul Coughing, straight ahead pop, spoken word raps, and almost everything in between. While you might think the young singer is biting off more than he can chew, the record has a nice flow and no song seems out of place or forced.... This record is a really unique listen, and really showcases the diversity and ambition Bianco has."