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When Carl was five his mother played classical music and told him: "If you close your eyes you can see the music."  He did, and he did.  And it has made all the difference.

Carl's lyrics paint pictures of scenes that you can "see" unravel before you with characters that come alive, often with a surprise ending and sometimes with a dash of emotion.

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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 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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