Amber Rubarth 1:45 - 2:45 pm Eastern
Nashville, Tennessee-based Amber Rubarth has toured solo across South Africa, Europe, Japan, and throughout America with her “unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics from another era.” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine). She was recently cast alongside Joe Purdy to star in the feature film American Folk which won numerous festival awards and was released in theaters January 2018. The film received high praise, the Hollywood Reporter calling it "Superb . . . A heartfelt homage to American folk music," and Rolling Stone dubbing the first single “Enchanting . . . beautifully recalls several of the duets that John Prine has sung so effectively with frequent partner Iris DeMent, yet it offers the added bonus of discovering two wondrous new voices." Her most recent release Wildflowers in the Graveyard (2017), explores nature's relationship with life, death and rebirth. and was co-produced by Matt Andrews (Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Dawes).
Rubarth left home at 17 years old to become a chainsaw sculptor in Nevada. At 21, she quit and decided to write songs and teach herself guitar. One of her early originals was awarded Grand Prize in NPR's Mountain Stage New Song contest and led to her recording an album produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones). She has performed on hundreds of stages around the world, from the early days opening for a flea circus at a Texas theme park, to performing an original duet with Jason Mraz at Carnegie Hall, to full orchestral arrangements of her songs with the Ithaca Chamber Orchestra woven into classical works. She moves fluidly between genres, creating a unique palette of instrumentation for what best serves the song. This fluidity and curiosity has offered her opportunities to open for diverse artists including Emmylou Harris, Kenny Loggins, Richie Havens, Dr. Ralph Stanley, and Loudon Wainwright III.
Rubarth has written original songs and score for numerous films including Sundance Film Festival winner Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work and the super-marathon documentary Desert Runners. She co-founded The Paper Raincoat, a Brooklyn-based iTunes Indie Artist Spotlight band featured in Disney’s "The Last Song" and the CW Network's "One Tree Hill". Paste Magazine stated, “We think the world might be a little better if everyone heard this record.” In 2016 she recorded an album with her folk trio Applewood Road, which the London Sunday Times gave 5 stars, calling it "a flawless set that has to be the most haunting release of the past year”. It led to performances at Glastonbury Music Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, a UK tour supporting Mary Chapin Carpenter, and an original arrangement and performance featured in the "BBC Sisters in Country" documentary with Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris.