"I think of one person before getting on stage: Charley Patton. If I had a blues spirit animal, it would be him. I don't feel so much as he's watching me as I am watching him. I've asked myself every morning of my blues career: Am I doing him justice? I don't mean copping his style; I mean living his spirit. He's the greatest to do it, and I'm honored to even try."
"The Blues are timeless. Love, hope, failure, and frustration have a consistency throughout time that makes these ideas inevitably acceptable to the masses. With songs like ‚ÄúI‚Äôve Given Up‚ÄĚ, and ‚ÄúLonely When you‚Äôre here‚ÄĚ, BROWNBIRD RUDY RELIC, takes obvious influences from Blues of the pre-war South. This artist, although traditional in many ways, has incorporated 90‚Äôs R&B, Doo-Wop and Mexican Romance Ballads, to create a title all of his own, ‚ÄúAcoustic Holler Blues‚ÄĚ."
"New York City‚Äôs Brownbird Rudy Relic, with his slick pompadour and rambunctious proto-rock stomp, exists in a sort of hillbilly/country blues tradition ‚ÄĒ as if, in some alternate universe, rock ‚Äėn‚Äô roll had never happened and its basic elements lived on anyway in a rough, raw state. The Brownbird, who identifies as Chicano, flavors his blues swing with elements of Mexican balladry. Accordingly, he spends very little time in tried-and-tedious 12-bar territory ‚ÄĒ avoiding the familiar folk-revival Lightnin‚Äô Hopkins and Robert Johnson-worship in favor of something that lives, breathes and evolves."
"The renegade bluesman bases his aesthetic and inspiration on the DIY punk movement and blues/Americana of yesteryear and he insists he‚Äôs firmly grounded in the 2000s. But Brownbird is an anachronism"
"Before you call the Musically Extinct Society, however, consider the work of New York's Brownbird Rudy Relic, who plays Saturday in New London's El 'n' Gee Club. BBRR, as he refers to himself, fuses prime field holler-ness with Mance Lipscomb-flavored rural blues, Chuck Berry rock, and a vaguely Ernie K-Do-style personality to bring much sonic spirit, originality and fun to a room."