Brett Rosenberg is a gifted songwriter living in Nashville, but he doesn't write songs for Toby Keith. Instead, he crafts brutally frank pop tunes with infectious hooks and ragged, twangy guitar solos. He shares with Loudon Wainwright III a penchant for songs that are at once hilarious and sad. And he shares with Neil Young an urge to defy expectations and never do the same thing twice. Rosenberg was born in rural New York State during a notorious 1979 ice storm. In the third grade, he became a Beatles fan, so much that he spoke with an English accent for an entire year. Young Brett's eccentricity made him a target for ass-kicking and ridicule, but being an outsider let him focus on music. By junior high, Brett had discovered metal and punk. He took up guitar shortly after his Bar Mitzvah. Brett spent a few years working the open mic circuit in Albany, NY, but abruptly moved to Boston at age 20. A couch surfer, Brett played subway tunnels for change. There, he caught the attention of Boston rock musician and fellow busker Mary Lou Lord who took note of his short, hooky pop songs and caffeinated delivery. Word spread, and soon Brett was opening for some of the bigger bands around town. Brett's first band, The Brett Rosenberg Problem, was a hard pop band cut from the same cloth as The Knack, Nick Lowe, The Raspberries, and early Tom Petty. The BRP released their first record, Pop Riot, in 2001. The Boston Globe and Herald each ran stories on Rosenberg and his band's 'raw, fast songs about girls.' The Problem's 2002 sophomore effort, Destroyer, brought Brett a loyal regional following. All Music Guide said: 'Rosenberg's youthful adoration of acts whose peak periods were a few years before he was born is refreshing; Rosenberg has done his homework, and while he knows his stuff, he never tries to blatantly imitate his idols...The end result is that Rosenberg has crafted one memorable jewel of a sophomore record that easily connects on both a musical and emotional level.' The album's first single, 'My Girlfriend's Daughter,' was a morally detached first person rocker about a 39-year-old man in love with the 16-year-old child of his girlfriend. Three years later, internet radio station Pandora put the song into heavy rotation, giving Destroyer a welcome late lift in sales. 2004 saw Rosenberg's first release sans Problem, the lo-fi Shocktwins. The homespun, whiskey-fueled sessions revealed a dark side to Rosenberg's crafty, pop persona. The Northeast Performer wrote: 'Like the worst kind of man to approach you in a bar, Shocktwins is winning--and knows it.' Two national tours followed, and The Brett Rosenberg Problem found itself opening for John Doe and Damien Rice. But in 2004, the band's label, Sodapop Records, closed it's doors, and Brett's first band broke up shortly after the release of 2005's underrated Speed Metal From Montreal. His solo career on hold, Rosenberg went on tour as a second guitarist with English pub-rock pioneer Graham Parker. At 26, Brett had become something of an unlikely guitar hero, channeling Neil Young and Nils Lofgren. Following the tour, Brett played sideman to a number of acts, most notably Bebe Buell (former Playboy Playmate and Mother of Liv Tyler) and sportswriter Peter Gammons' blues band. Brett returned to Boston refreshed and sober. In 2006, he began work on his second solo outing, Drop Dead Air. The album traded his spry power-pop persona for a depressive literalism and a diverse soundscape that was yacht-rock one minute and Dead Kennedys the next. Drop Dead Air was released to glowing reviews. CBS called it 'his finest to date' and dubbed Rosenberg 'a star in the offing.' In 2007, following another tour with Graham Parker, Rosenberg left Boston and relocated to Nashville, where he worked as a guitarist and co-writer with acts like Amy Loftus, Buick Audra, and The Joiners. In 2008, he entered the studio with producer Lij Shaw (Jill Solbule, Glen Tillbrook, Will Kimbrough) to begin work on Born Twice. The album runs the gamut from guitar twang workout ('Front Royal') to pop perfection (the beautiful rocker 'Taken') to smartass outlaw country ('Illegal Alien Girlfriend'). All proof that Rosenberg does things his way, smashing genres, defying expectations, and delivering roots rock with heart, brains, and real hooks. 'Rock-n-Roll isn't about being cool,' he told the Boston Globe in 2003, 'It's about being awesome.' In that, Brett Rosenberg leads by example.