New Music Monday: Jeremiah Birnbaum

by Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly

PQ celebrates New Music Monday with the retro Americana of Jeremiah Birnbaum.

The New Jersey-raised son of a rabbi and an architect, Jeremiah Birnbaum makes minimalist Southern rock with New York grit. While his guitar work is quite impressive, it’s his evocative honey-dipped voice that has garnered the most effusive praise from critics internationally; this is all the more striking considering that earlier this year, the dashingly handsome troubador suffered a vocal cord injury that required surgery and over a month of full vocal rest. The brief break seems to have done Birnbaum well — his new acoustic album, Lucky, has garnered comparisons to acts as diverse as The Band, Nick Drake, and Lucinda Williams with its melodic vocals and pickup-truck-on-a-gravel-road beats.

Check out live clips of “Mulberry Tree,” “Don’t Hold Your Fire,” and “Picture of a Prayer.” Are you feeling it? You’re in luck — Birnbaum is in town right now on his first-ever Pacific Northwest tour. Check out Birnbaum later today when he plays live on KBOO 90.7 FM at 2 PM, then performs at the Ella Street Social Club at 9 PM. Birnbaum will also hit up KBOO a second time at 6:15 AM on October 17th before playing his last local show of the tour at the Gemini Lounge at 9 PM. See you there?