"For those who donât know, Brownbird describes himself as a âNew York City Holler Blues Dynamo.â Armed only with a resonator guitar and kazoo, Brownbird swears off electricity (even music can be âgreenâ) and delivers a raw, energetic set of booming blues emulated from legends like Leadbelly and Robert Johnson"
"I have no doubt that everyone who heard Brownbird Rudy Relic's singin', pickin' and kazooin' was impressed. He's a great musician and The Local 269 has great sound. It would have been nice if they had been able to see him too. This bar has two lights and a big pillar in the middle. Too bad, because Brownbird is an energetic guy who thinks he can fly, and it's quite a treat to watch him try!"
"After so many great singers and songs it isnât easy to make the blues sound fresh and exciting but Brownbird does a pretty great job, mainly thanks to the sheer exuberance of his performance. Iâve never seen a guy sitting down (which he did for the entire set) put quite so much effort in to a show.
Iâve never seen a kazoo used in a blues performance either, but somehow he managed to rescue it from the Benny Hill of instruments and make it work. An awesome voice, rich and velvety â think shades of Otis Redding singing âTry A Little Tendernessâ(particular on tonightâs set highlight âYour Tricks Ainât Workinâ) â coupled with a self penned songbook of authentic but fresh sounding blues numbers makes this particular Brownbird anything but a relic"
"As [Brownbird] yelped and vaulted (frequently with a vocal flexibility more usually associated with R&B) through five or six songs, head thrown back, hair flying, I realized that I could picture audiences almost anywhere responding to this sort of thing. The universality of energy and charisma."
"[Brownbirdâs} powerful voice instantly garner[ed] the attention of his audience. Shaking incessantly as he played, âBrownbirdâ was soon standing upright (no mean feet without a guitar-strap), jumping, dancing and gyrating towards an enthralled public. A roar of applause and yells met the close of his first song; we were all surprised but deeply impressed.
âŚ Undoubtedly the sort of reception most support acts can only dream of but one which his performance and showmanship more than merited.â