Midwest transplant brings his New York sound to town
“Living in New York City is like tug-of-war. I’m constantly going back and forth deciding if I like it here,” says indie-folk songwriter Ben Rabb, whose first EP, Until It’s Gone, was written after an influential move to NYC.
“These songs are about me trying to make sense of my experiences here. New York is a place with a lot of people, a lot of noise, a lot of ups and downs…which makes it a great muse,” he explains.
Rabb is steeped in the fingerpicked sounds of the folksinger greats—James Taylor, Eric Andersen, Joni Mitchell—but more closely aligned with modern, indie-minded songwriters like David Gray.
Everything started in the Midwest, where Rabb spent his first 10 years. He grew up listening to folk music, learning about the older stuff from his parents and getting a more up-to-date education from his older sister, who passed along many of her own albums.
By the time he finally moved to New York in his mid-20s, Rabb had already spent a decade jumping from city to city, steadily collecting the stories that would eventually fill his own music.
Come see—and hear—for yourself this Saturday evening and discover an up-and-coming storyteller who brings us into his own world with the power of his music and voice.
Saturday, 8 p.m.
Charles & Myrtle's Coffeehouse
105 McBrien Rd.