Joe Rathbone

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Singer-Songwriter guitarist Joe Rathbone has been creating alt. rock melodic songs that are not easily categorized, though he has been compared to Tom Petty and Elvis Costello. He has garnered favorable reviews in such publications as the Village Voice and Paste to name a few. He performs throughout the US and will be releasing his 4th CD in 2007. His two most striking features besides his ability to write a good hook are an unusual approach to lyrics which can best be described as impressionistic and non-linear, and a compelling voice that is both sweet and gritty.

“Echoes of Tom Petty, Marshall Crenshaw and the Finn Brothers permeate the disc, and an Elvis Costello influence occasionally surfaces. Rathbone, however, carefully shuns Costello’s tendency toward verbosity and vitriol….And while Rathbone hasn’t yet come up something as memorable as his mentors’ classics, he’s fashioned a thoroughly winning pop album filled with strong melodies and well-turned lyrics.” – Paste