Joe Rathburn | Rockwells and Picassos

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Rockwells and Picassos

by Joe Rathburn

Rockwell does meet Picasso on the humorous title cut, a song about a dream art exhibit, from this OUTSTANDING folk/pop gallery of uplifting vignettes. A very cunning and lucid work of folk pop splendor."
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Call it a Miracle
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2. Together
4:15 $0.99
3. What Don't Kill Ya
4:21 $0.99
4. (Never Will) Kill This Thing
4:02 $0.99
5. Closer to the Moon
5:29 $0.99
6. The Way of the World
4:12 $0.99
7. Rockwells and Picassos
4:09 $0.99
8. To You Tonight
5:48 $0.99
9. 24/7 Motel
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10. What's the Big Idea?
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11. Every Little Vict'ry
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12. The Dutchman
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Album Notes
San Diego based singer/songwriter Joe Rathburn, who was nominated in the Best Acoustic Artist category of the 2001 and 2002 San Diego Music Awards, has just released his 2nd CD of original material, Rockwells and Picassos, co-produced by himself, and Jeff Berkley of the duo Berkley Hart.

A mixture of folk/rock/and various Americana influences, suffused with a wry humor and social conscience, then lightly sprinkled with a touch of jazz, this record should finally put him on the map.



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Mike lowmon

It's been many years, but worth the wait!
It's been many years since I used to watch you at the Galley at the Marina Joe. You have inspired me in so many ways with your music and self. I am now working in Baghdad and I have shared your music with many of the troops here.I can Honestly say that Rockwells and Picasos is the first thing to put me in my happy place since I have been here. Your red head friend, Mike Lowmon

Tom Sutphen

Wonderful assortment of styles, instrumentation for a fine CD!
Wonderful assortment of musical styles, from folk to rock to reggae. I've only gotten all the way through twice, but this one's gonna stay in the car CD player for a while. Especially satisfying is the high quality production, variety of instrumentation, and catchy nature of the tunes - a must have!

CD Baby

Another glimpse into the mind of an acoustic/ singer/ songwriter that could uplift, upset, or upgrade you depending on where you're standing at the time, cut from the same bolt as the classic singer/songwriter folk rockers of the 60s and 70s. A very cunning and lucid work of folk pop splendor.

Tony Stewart

Outstanding! I love ALL of Joe Rathburn's CDs!
If you can sit by and not be drawn in by the song "Way of the World", you must be numb. It doesn't take much to realize that Joe can really write inspiring music that makes you run through a gambit of notions, motions, and emotions (har-har), but that's the Way of the Joe!

Bob Barckley

great voice and guitar, exellant expression of lyrics
I have heard Joe Rathburn live and several of his CDs. The Rockwell’s and Picassos CD is special for me (partly because of the title, alone) but more because of the main song itself and the variety of moods expressed. These include an exquisite sense of humor, plus romance and sadness. All great music.

Joe S. Carlsbad, CA

Clever, passionate, enlightening, uplifting. In a nutshell ... that's life ...
This CD realy hits the mark. The lyrics are some of the most clever I've ever heard. You can hear your life in Joe Rathburn's musical stories. Amaizingly, Rathburn notices the universal, and delivers it to you as personal. Is it Joe, or is it you that he's singing about? The songs on this CD showcase Joe Rathburn's versatility. He has the passion of Jackson Brown, the stoy telling abilities of Elvis Costello, the playfullness of Ringo Star, and the easygoing down to earth every-dayness of life of Jimmy Buffet all rolled into one. The music is fabulous. And it's a special treat to get the lyrics of every song on this CD's insert. You'll want to listen to this CD over an over again before you become compelled to share it with the ones you love and care about most. If you like music, people and life ... you'll love this CD.

Dave Garcia - San Diego Troubadour Magazine

Joe Rathburn has hit the mark with his newest CD
If the purpose of folk music is to provide the listener with
something to think about while being entertained with good
instrumental and vocal accompaniment, Joe Rathburn has hit
the mark with his newest CD, Rockwells and Picassos.

Jim Hoehn

I think Rockwells & Picassos may be the independent CD of the year.
I think Rockwells & Picassos may be the independent CD of the year.

Jim Earp - Http://

Present once again is Joe Rathburn's trademark solid songwriting
Present once again is Joe Rathburn's trademark solid songwriting, and his clean and articulate
acoustic guitar work - but a welcome addition this time around are the stylistic stretches that go
beyond the usual idiomatic singer-songwriter fare.

T. Harvey

Too good to be unknown.
This is an outstanding collections of songs - truly ranking among he best I've ever heard. Joe accomplishes so many things with his guitar and his voice he clearly ranks right up there with the best singer/songwriters of his generation. Paul Simon, James Taylor, Stephen Stills? They got nothing on Joe Rathburn.
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