Possessing an exquisite musicality rooted in modern-day folk, tuneful rock and countrified jangle pop plus a lyrical perspective brimming with real life and mature emotion, the two singer-songwriters known as Open Book have refined their distinctive sound with their sophomore CD release, The Things We Keep. This album and their first, Out of Time, was produced by gifted guitarist and producer, Billy Masters and with appearances from some of the most talented studio musicians working today.
Both Michele Rubin and Rick Gedney exhibit a gift for songwriting that entwines melody invention with astute observations of the heart backed by a tapestry of guitars. Their original compositions are filled with sharp hooks and sticky truths while adorning the whole with the kind of shimmering male-female harmonies rarely heard in todays music.
Open Book has shared the stage with many wonderful musicians, like Lucy Kaplansky, Ellis Paul, Buddy and Julie Miller, Stacy Earle, Freedy Johnston, Modern Man, Iian Matthews, Jon Pousette Dart, Richard Shindell, Christine Lavin, Karen Savoca, Sloan Wainwright,
Here's what some of the press has said:
"Blown away by the HARMONIES! People, they're exquisite....live, their vocals are really front and center where they damn well should be. Michele's pristine tone, at times reminiscent of Shawn Colvin's, just soars and Rick's voice complements hers beautifully...shines on his own too."
Sam Tallerico, Cold Spring Radio
"The Things We Keep, like its tuneful predecessor, 2002's Out of Time, is an engaging amalgam of harmony vocals, tasty folk rock, and, most importantly, intelligent and astute songwriting that fully realizes that whatever the two songwriters are living through, most of their audience has also experienced. Unlike many contemporaries, the duo and its producer-guitarist, Billy Masters, know not to overproduce the music, and instead let the songs speak not only for themselves but to Open Book's deservedly growing audience."
Mike Jurkovic, Chronogram Magazine.
"Following their auspicious debut album, "Out of Time," Rick Gedney and Michele Rubin have racheted things up several notches with their second album, "The Things We Keep." Right at home in the middle of a masterful mix of instruments, we hear the finest country/folk/rock harmonies since the Everly Brothers. Rubin's glass-like purity mixes perfectly with Gedney's soft delivery alongside a tastful mix of swirling slide guitar, mandolin, atmospheric piano, and more. The songs range from doubt to devotion, but are handled with conviction throughout."
Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live in NYC.
"Open Book is the working identity of singer/songwriters Michele Rubin and Rick Gedney. An amalgam of folk inflected styles with tunes that concern themselves with love and loss, their music crosses into the urban landscape as easily as it inhabits and embraces it’s rural roots. The duo’s harmonies are sublime and tastefully evocative; their music is amply fulfilling and the structures incorporate sounds that travel far outside the standard instrumentation of the base genre to incorporate sounds from the city and world. A top flight release."
John Hammel - www.HomegrownRadioNJ.com
"Wow...what a great CD. All the sounds I love to hear in a contemporary folk-rock song are right there in the first minute of the album...and then those voices. Not to mention great musicians. I am definitely loving this CD."
Dan Herman, RadioCrystalblue.com
"...Open Book is a folk-rock duo, yes, but...the big advantage of having two co-leaders in harmony and agreement rests on the spectrum of influence and experience each brings to the table...songcraft and soul-filling vocals of sterling quality..."
Thomas Staudter, The Gazette/The New York Times
"Open Book's songs build on Rick and Michele's beautiful and entwining harmonies, achieving an incantatory power."
Jim Motavalli, WPKN Radio