She calls herself a singer-songwriter, but as soon as Rebecca Loebe leans into the first notes of Give Up Your Ghosts, her first release for Blue Corn Music (Feb. 8, 2019), that definition starts to seem woefully inadequate. Loebe is not just another talent. She’s a sophisticated, mature writer with a relevant point of view, who has earned a legion of loyal fans through a solid decade of performing.
Her national touring career was launched by a win at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival songwriting competition, and her radical reinterpretation of Nirvana’s ‘Come As You Are,’ made her an instant fan favorite on the first season of The Voice on NBC.
But timing and delivery alone don’t make an artist. There’s got to be substance as well, and on her new album Loebe fearlessly probes the rawest corners of her psyche to find it. “There's a lot of me talking to myself,” she says. “I’m writing a lot of empowerment jams these days, and I think it's because it's what I need. I've written albums full of what I needed to say, but this album is full of songs I need to hear.”
- John Aielli, KUTX
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