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Stanford, CA
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Portrait of Stuart Rosh
The Story

The idea is to steal from sounds from the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s of the previous century and add contemporary lyrics. It's plain old American Mutt Music. Some swing. Some r&b. Some jazz. Some rock. Some country. Put it in a blender and see what happens. This isn't rocket science, you know. I've done rocket science. I know the difference. Rocket science is a lot harder, believe me. This is more fun. And that's the idea. Have some fun.

People like personal stuff in these bios. Nosey, huh? OK, here it is. I was born and raised in Milwaukee. Oprah went to my high school. So did Kato Kaelin. I grew up listening to and singing a lot of Yiddish, Russian and religious music. From the age of three until about twelve, I was obsessed with top 40 pop. Then I heard Muddy Waters, and that was that. I've sung a fair amount of classical music and opera. I've lived in the US, Israel, and Italy. In another life, I was a professor at a school well known for its basketball team. OK, enough about personal stuff!.

People have said nice things about me. Here's a little list. The Real Detroit Weekly: "This guy has mega chops: a beguiling cross-breeding of blues, rock and bluegrass, cemented by lyrics that recall Cohen and Zevon and a voice that twangs like Willie Nelson." Cincinnati CityBeat, Critic’s Pick: "It's like listening to Muddy Waters and Hank Williams 78s on a really great stereo."

And here's more. The music blog Obscure Sound said about one of my CDs: "Simply put, American Vernacular is an unpredictable gem. You will not find many others this year that mix lyrical ingenuity with instrumental brilliance in such a passionate display." Jazz.com said about my CD Fundamental: "It took about 10 seconds to realize that Rosh is a talented lyricist. Each fun tale is told in a succinct and entertaining flow. This is all about showmanship – a concept many times forgotten these days. I don't see how it is possible to not like this CD." Global Rhythm Magazine: "Performed with freshness, humor and verve. So vivid that you can almost hear the late-night clink of ice cubes." Thanks to all the reviewers and listeners.
 
 
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