About Carl Rubino

Carl Rubino is an Americana songwriter whose work includes a new body of work featuring a fusion of contemporary folk  and elements of jazz for  his version of traditional jazz ballads; Americana; contemporary folk blended with the kind of story-based acoustic country that prevailed before country rock;  and occasional forays into blues and other genres.   With a smoky baritone voice, he makes the characters and stories in his songs come to life in scenes you can visualize - a phrase at a time.  He's got a very nice way of painting pictures of people and events.

Quotes From Others

"Carl Rubino captures an earthly innocence in his stories. His observations are sincere and unpretentious, seemingly penned by the man next door. I liked this one..."   Michele Scherneck, Music Reviewer, The Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange" 

A long (long) time ago I was opening a show at South Street Seaport and heard John Prine do a song called "Hello In There".  If you wonder how that felt, listen to Carl Rubino's song "Land Of Opportunity" from his debut album FIRST BITE.  Isn't it cool to be in on the beginning of something great!!"   Christopher Shaw, Singer-Songwriter 

"As an artist representative, a great deal of material from aspiring songwriters finds its way to my office, very little of it stays.  A year later, First Bite is still here - that says it all."  McShane Glover, Noteworthy Productions  

"Thanks for giving me the opportunity to hear FIRST BITE.  I felt like I was listening to some new Bill Morrissey or maybe John Prine.  It's obvious to me it was the right time...to come out with this music."  Dana Robinson, Singer-Songwriter 

(He's) got a very nice way of painting pictures of people.  The best songs on the album are the ones that tell simple stories and take the time to detail the images of the characters in them.  They really come alive."  Eric Garrison, Singer-Songwriter  

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New Jazz/Contemporary Folk Songs - Takes From Live Shows & Home Demos - Not Recorded Yet

Moonlight Over Manhattan - home demo recording.

Carl Rubino

New Song - Jazz Ballad. Home demo recording. I was born in Manhattan, and lived there later in life as well before moving to the Adirondacks. This song consists of little vignettes of my old "home town", with what I think is sort of a 50's jazz club sort of feel.

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Virginia Anymore

Carl Rubino

Home demo recording. Sometimes songs come as a title or idea, and I develop them over a period of time..Sometimes they just come to me out of nowhere...That's where this one came from. I'm doing this demo with an electric guitar - sort of a new thing for me. Frankly, I think it's one of my best songs...Hope you like it.

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The Illusions We Become

Carl Rubino

Recorded live at Whitcomb's Garage, 2023, with a handheld digital recorder. I used to do some acting with a regional theatre with some real actors, one of whom seemed to live his character, even off stage. That inspired this song.

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Under The Light Of An August Moon

Carl Rubino

New Song - Jazz Ballad. Live recording on handheld digital stereo recorder at performance. I don't write many "love" songs, but this sort of came to me as I was playing some jazz type progressions on a big hollow body electric...Many edits and re-writes later, this is what came to be.

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On The Other Side Of The World

Carl Rubino (co-written by Maria Borges and Carl Rubino)

Home demo recording. This song is co-written...Maria Borges and Carl Rubino, Songwriters. Maria wrote most of the lyrics and sent them to me to develop music for the song, and to join in editing and adding to the lyrics. Without the lyrics Maria sent me initially, which to me conjured up a vision of someone in a cafe in Paris missing their lover

Home demo recording. This song is co-written...Maria Borges and Carl Rubino, Songwriters. Maria wrote most of the lyrics and sent them to me to develop music for the song, and to join in editing and adding to the lyrics. Without the lyrics Maria sent me initially, which to me conjured up a vision of someone in a cafe in Paris missing their lover on the other side of the world...I thought it begged for music that had a smokey bar, old jazz feel - something I had never composed or written before...And now, musically, that has influenced some of my recent songwriting.

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More New Americana , Contemporary Folk & Country; and A Few Old Favorites

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