Carl Rubino is a songwriter whose style blends contemporary folk with the kind of story-based acoustic country that prevailed before country rock." With a "smoky baritone" voice, he makes the characters and stories in his songs come to life - a phrase at a time. "He's got a very nice way of painting pictures of people and events.”

What Others Have Said 

"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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Must be time to write a train song

Must be time to write a train song

Bios 

When Carl was 5 his mother played classical music and said if he closed his eyes he could “see” the music.  It was a lifelong inspiration. Years later Carl bought his first guitar and a chord chart and spent the summer exploring out how life, his guitar and these chords were interrelated.  With little interest in learning songs by others and only a few chords under his belt, he began writing.  

Fueled by his mother’s gift, Carl pens lyrics with characters that come alive in scenes that paint pictures and tell stories, often with an unexpected twist and a dash of emotion.  Carl’s songwriting rule is simple. If you can’t close your eyes and “see” the song keep rewriting or throw it out!   

With songs between contemporary folk and what country used to be, delivered with gutsy baritone over fingerpicked acoustic guitar, Carl is appreciated by those drawn to some of his influences, like John Prine, Townes Van Zandt and Bill Morrissey.  

Encouraged to promote his songwriting, Carl set out to record demos. That "evolved" into First Bite, a full-blown album with sparse production that quickly received east coast airplay, and Carl rapidly established a presence in regional club, concert and festival venues. 

When family obligations forced him to choose between performing and songwriting Carl opted for his first love, concentrating on writing and self-publishing, with limited performances.  Although that “big hit song” has yet to be landed, Carl has had songs recorded by others, with one receiving rotational airplay on Australian country radio. His “Gonna Get Myself A Winnie” was slated to open the season on MTV’s Road Rules show and was featured on Car Talk. 

An automobile injury left Carl unable to play guitar for quite some time. He turned to fine art photography to feed his starving muse. He has now returned, enthusiastic about offering expanding audiences the opportunity to “see” the new songs he has to unveil. 

Featured at BMI’s NYC "Songwriter's Collaboration Night" and "Acoustic Roundup Songwriters Showcase" and having performed his songs with some well-known writers in invitational Nashville songwriter circles and as a featured artist at listening rooms like Caffe Lena, Carl Rubino is a songwriter worth listening to. 

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When he was five, Carl’s mother played classical music and said if he closed his eyes he could “see” the music.   It was to become a lifelong inspiration. Years later, fueled by his mother’s gift, Carl pens lyrics with characters that come alive in scenes that paint pictures and tell stories, often with an unexpected twist and a dash of emotion.  Carl’s says: “If you can’t close your eyes and “see” the song keep rewriting or throw it out!”     

With songs that fall between contemporary folk and what country used to be, delivered with gutsy baritone over a melodically fingerpicked acoustic guitar, Carl is appreciated by those drawn to some of his influences, like John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and Bill Morrissey.              

Featured by BMI’s NYC "Songwriter's Collaboration Night" and "Acoustic Roundup Songwriters Showcase" and having performed his songs with some well-known writers in invitational Nashville songwriter circles and as a featured artist at listening rooms like Caffe Lena, Carl Rubino is a songwriter worth listening to. 

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Featured at BMI’s NYC "Songwriter's Collaboration Night" and "Acoustic Roundup Songwriters Showcase", having performed with well-known writers in invitational Nashville songwriter circles, and having been featured at listening rooms like Caffe Lena, Carl Rubino pens lyrics with characters that come alive in scenes that paint a picture and tell a story, often with an unexpected twist or a dash of emotion, delivered with a gutsy baritone voice and fingerpicked acoustic guitar. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct Contact Information

Carl Rubino

Cell: 518 524 8450    carlrubinomusic@gmail.com

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