"Raucous, bluesy alt-country." - New York Magazine
"70s rock for driving down the open highway." - CMJ
"Gritty Americana-rock...superb album and a killer live show." - Pete Harris, Indie Sounds NY and Austin
“Fans of the Band should check out this album, as it’s the real deal.” – Ryan Dembinsky, Glide Magazine
"Their music takes the listener on a journey. Captivating...soulfully emotional...The Ramblers are sure to please one of your desires." - New York Examiner
"I love The Ramblers! They just get better and better." - Shanta Thake, Joe's Pub Director
“A heartfelt tribute to the joy of music…shades of the E Street Band… It’s no wonder that Levon Helm brought them in as support act...just grab yourself a copy of Getting There.” - Mark Saleski, Blogcritics.org
“Recalls the sound of The Band as well as contemporary alt. country artists like Uncle Tupelo and Lucinda Williams.” - Nate Schweber, Patch.com
Voted as "Best Foot-Stompin’ Roots Rockin’" of CMJ on ToastNJams: http://toastnjams.wordpress.com/2010/11/02/the-tnj-cmj-round-up/
#5 on TheJazzLawyer.com's "Five Artists to Watch from CMJ" list: http://www.thejazzlawyer.com/2010/10/29/cmj-2010-five-artists-to-watch/
Editors' Choice, Glide Magazine: http://www.glidemagazine.com/hiddentrack/ht-interview-the-ramblers/#more
"I’d be willing to bet that a group of ten reviewers would come up with ten different labels for this band. I’m hearing an extended version of Little Feat…with a touch of Bruce, and Tom Petty, and The Band, and some more alt.country influences, and, and, and…" -Mark Saleski, Blogcritics.org
"Raucous, bluesy alt-country fronted by Jersey boy Jeremiah Birnbaum, a rabbi's son with a touch of whiskey burning his soul. The band released their eponymous debut album in 2008 and have since rambled their way into an opening slot for Levon Helm. Tonight they celebrate the release of their latest album, Getting There."
"As smooth and palatable as the finest Tennessee sippin' whiskey, The Ramblers will be unleashing their very own distinguishable brand of soul music fused with the sweetest elements of Americana on Rebel Spirit audiences this month. The band's strength lays in a gritty, feel-good roots sound that can't fail but to stir the soul and warm the blood. The Ramblers flourish in a live environment, feeding off of the raw, muddy atmosphere and delivering the type of un-shackled blues music that has stood the test of time. In our current climate, who couldn't use the pick me up!?" -Joel Crane, www.rebelspiritmusic.com
Jan 2009: Voted one of the Top Ten Gigs of 2008 by BobMcKee, Local Music Now: http://www.meetnowlive.com/blog/local-music-now/new-yorks-top-ten-live-music-gigs-of-2008/
From Glide Magazine, Jan 21 2009, Under The Radar Bands:
"The Ramblers [are] rambling along with ironic momentum having released their self-titled debut at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble in June of 2008 and touring heavily, supporting some notable names like the Levon Helm Band and Greensky Bluegrass.
"The Ramblers churn out a honey-laced law-runnin’ sound that unsurprisingly calls upon The Band. Several spins in, another familiar name also pops up with lead singer Jeremiah Birnbaum’s serene vocals reminiscent of one Reid Genauer, a number of tunes definitely have an Assembly of Dust vibe (see Always Another Way to Be Gone). Between their spunky country blues, patient soulful ballads and hands-on-waists boot tappin’ jamborees, the Ramblers are bound to find a niche of fans looking for some genuine American rock n’ roll. Considering that the going rate for the former generation of this like-minded sound is charging about $100 a ticket these days, the Ramblers might just bank out on this recession thing too. And hell, a nitrous tank showed up at their December show in Brooklyn, so that has to count for something, right?" -Ryan Dembinsky, www.glidemagazine.com
Jeremiah Birnbaum’s self-produced EP, Dawn, is full of sweet-voiced singer-songwriterly numbers, proving that the young New Jersey native is talented...
"rootsy, soulful troubadour..."
Jeremiah's music has the intricately ethereal nature of Jeff Buckley at times, and the lonely grit of Johnny Cash at others. The trite "rising star" denotation might actually mean something when applied to this bluesy guitar slinger's live performances. Keep your eye (and ear) out. - Sarah Royal
Jeremiah Birnbaum brings a hint of soul to the world of folk. His strong vocals and evocative piano flourishes recall a young Van Morrison or an upbeat Mark Kozelek. Birnbaum has reinvigorated the singer-songwriter tradition.
I finally got to see a Ramblers show last night. I’ve seen my buddy, Jeremiah Birnbaum (above), play solo gigs as well as playing in other people’s bands, and as part of the Late Night at Rockwood house band, but I had never been able to make it to one of the many shows performed over the past year by his band, THE RAMBLERS.
I guess I wasn’t really aware of who exactly, other than Jeremiah, made up this band. But I can tell you this... as soon as I saw them assembled on the stage, I KNEW they were gonna be good before they played a single note. I had seen each one of these band members DOZENS of times as super talented ’hired guns’ for other people’s bands.
John Embree, Caz Ishijima, Mark Marshall and Jeremiah are the core group - between them they have worked with numerous others including; Misty Boyce, Bryan Dunn, Shanna Zell, Lara Ewen, Marwood, Shwa......... on and on and on, and no matter where they play, or who they play with, they stand out as stunning musicians in their own right. So naturally, when you put them together they become a kind of super group of side men and blow you away with their chops. Such was the case last night. Because they are such beloved, talented, reliable, professional players for others, they get lots of fun local musicians to join them onstage doing harmonica, piano or harmonies.
The sound is rootsy, bluesy rock with plenty of opportunity for Mark Marshall to shine on mind blowing guitar licks. Mark Marshall is, without argument, one of the greatest guitar players in NYC today. John, who I had seen on drums many times, blew me away with his vocals - taking the lead on several songs. My favorite song of the night was "Picture of a Prayer" which Bryan Dunn joined in on for some great harmony. You can have a listen to that one on the Rambler’s page: http://www.myspace.com/theramblersnyc
The amazing guitar chops of Mark Marshall and Jeremiah Birnbaum
Even before the Ramblers show I had been rolling around the idea of my next Urban Folk article being about the extremely talented unsung heroes of the indie music scene, the super hot ’Hired Guns’....... this has just solidified the concept. I’m now going to start doing some e-mail intrviews with some of the best in NYC like
Ryan Vaughn - Drums
Tony Macelli - Bass
Tarah Reynolds - Violen and string arranger
Jim Macnamara - Stand up Bass
and , of course, all the guys who make up the Ramblers.
One of the finest guitar players on the New York songwriter circuit, Jeremiah generously bestowed some new folk-blues numbers on an appreciative and attentive audience. Uncanny were the strong orchestrations put together by Jeremiah and djembe percussionist John Embree. They "jammed" without ever over doing it. Sweet. Also, this performance yielded one of the best covers every played at the Jezebel Music Showcase; a tasty, slow, and off-kilter rendition of Dylan's "Just Like a Woman."- Gabriel Levitt
Jeremiah Birnbaum's eclectic singer/songwriter compositions reveal a traveling soul beneath his poppy jazz-rock exterior. Lyrically influenced by such writers as Steinbeck and Dylan Thomas, Birnbaum crafts mellifluous words to mesh with his precisely built tunes
"Birnbaum's music is being heard on radio stations across the globe and he's becoming quite the MidPoint veteran. He is an ASCAPLUS Popular Music Award (an award for ASCAP writer members) recipient, he opened for Suzanne Vega and he's been featured as a Spotlight Artist on SonicBids." (Cincinnati City Beat, Sept. 21, 2006)
...refined voice...polished musicianship...emotion-driven music...a riotously fun time.