A Jersey boy with a Southern heart, Jeremiah Birnbaum is a “rootsy, soulful troubadour” (Time Out, London) whose sweet, gritty voice and skillful, effortless guitar work makes you believe every word he sings, whether about sunshine or blood.
The son of a rabbi and an architect, Jeremiah grew up in the all-American town of Maplewood, New Jersey, with his parents' LP records at hand and a great encouragement to be who he wanted to be. Thusly armed, by age 17, he was working in New York City recording studios and making his own music by any means necessary.
Since then, traveling well beyond his home turf, Jeremiah has created music and (mis)adventure along the way, gathering ample fuel for stories told with voice and expressive picking. A dedicated songsmith, Jeremiah writes new tunes weekly, a practice honed through longtime attendance at the storied Jack Hardy Songwriters' Exchange in New York.
When not alone onstage with his acoustic, Jeremiah fronts several New York rock and roll bands, and accompanies many other artists with his trademark searing Telecaster and bottleneck slide, as well as on banjo, mandolin and ukulele.
Jeremiah plays regularly at such Manhattan venues as The Living Room, Mercury Lounge, Rockwood Music Hall, and Joe's Pub. He's appeared at major music festivals including CMJ and SXSW, and is often sighted onstage in Austin, Texas. Jeremiah has also garnered opening slots for many acclaimed acts, including Suzanne Vega, Heartless Bastards, Greensky Bluegrass, Will Kimbrough, Umphrey's McGee, and the late Levon Helm.
"Birnbaum's music, painted with melodic vocals, rolling beats, chiming guitar and lush piano, recalls the sound of The Band as well as more contemporary alt. country artists like the seminal Uncle Tupelo and always-stellar Lucinda Williams." Nate Schweber, Patch.com