“…A guitar plugged straight into an amplifier or a simple arpeggiated piano chord can communicate so much more than five minutes of synthetic throb….And that’s what makes The Ramblers so great. Songs of struggle, love, lust & regret. No pretense involved. A heartfelt tribute to the joy of music (”Give Me Music”) rides alongside a pensive ballad of life’s uphill battles — “…I might just write my masterpiece, if I could only get out of bed” — who hasn’t felt that?
Yeah, but what do they sound like? Like a rock band who knows their history. There are driving rockers…terrific slide guitar…funky workouts…There are even shades of the E Street Band that surface when Scott Stein’s piano and keyboards accent things just the right way. It’s no wonder that Levon Helm brought them in as support act.
I’d be willing to bet that a group of ten reviewers would come up with ten different labels for this band. I’m hearing an extended version of Little Feat…with a touch of Bruce, and Tom Petty, and The Band, and some more alt.country influences, and, and, and….
Look, just grab yourself a copy of Getting There and crank up ‘Leave A Letter Behind.’ That opening riff coming out of Jeremiah Birnbaum’s guitar? Honestly, that’s all you need to hear." -Mark Saleski, Blogcritics.com
“The Ramblers sound like an ’80s update on Creedence, and their first album led to a support slot with Levon Helm.” – Time Out New York, Sep 3 2009, Joe’s Pub show preview
“I caught The Ramblers’ performance two weeks ago at Joe’s Pub where they featured songs off their debut release as well as some new numbers. The captivating four-piece wowed all in the venue with their versatility as many around me could be seen dancing in their seats…The way the band segued from heavier rock ‘n’ roll to soul, country and folk was impressive. One moment the listener felt he was in a small, New Orleans jazz club and the next, Nashville at a dirt-filled honky tonk — no small feat for a band…The Ramblers had much to offer their audience. Whatever music you favor, The Ramblers are sure to please one of your desires.” Annie Reuter, NY Examiner, Sept 16, 2009
“As smooth and palatable as the finest Tennessee sippin’ whiskey…their very own distinguishable brand of soul music fused with the sweetest elements of Americana….. The band’s strength lays in a gritty, feel-good roots sound that can’t fail but to stir the soul and warm the blood. The Ramblers flourish in a live environment, feeding off of the raw, muddy atmosphere and delivering the type of un-shackled music that has stood the test of time. In our current climate, who couldn’t use the pick me up!?” -Joel Crane, www.rebelspiritmusic.com