Last spring, in preparation for her first European tour, folk-singer Rebecca Loebe was unexpectedly (at least in her mind) invited to audition for the primetime network hit, The Voice. Unable to think of a decent excuse that could be used to shirk the invitation, she tried out. She was surprised (repeatedly) that, despite her status as a fringe folk musician, they kept inviting her to come back. Under the assumption that the mainstream show’s producers would eventually come to their senses and tell her something to the effect, “Thanks for coming; you’re interesting and talented and it’s been fun but this just isn’t a good fit,” she kept pulling the strings, chalking it up as an “experience.” As luck would have it, Loebe ended up making it to the live auditions, and after a stunningly original rendition of “Come As You Are,” she was offered mentorship by both Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera. It’s not difficult to understand why: her voice is rich with conviction and veils a subtle rasp just waiting to spring forth and bite. It’s authentically poignant, and this Wednesday at Club Passim, you too have the opportunity to be entertained by this supremely candid, remarkably talented folk musician.
Loebe will be joined by her friend and counterpart, Raina Rose. Rose is the daughter of a country music historian and a Jewish poet, and she draws from these backgrounds to paint their histories into her refreshingly optimistic songs. Her music is an intimate invitation into her world. Rose has been a finalist for several folk competitions and she epitomizes the communal, naturalistic approach of the American folk tradition.
Together, the two budding singer-songwriters are a formidable duo. The veritable effect of their symbiotic vocal styles is further supplemented by the affable candor of their existing friendship. Armed with acoustic guitars, Loebe and Rose have entertained countless audiences around the world. Make sure to be in their next crowd this Wednesday at Club Passim. Details below:
47 Palmer Street
Wednesday, October 16th
Tickets: $13 in advance, $15 at the door