Welcome to Your New Life
'Welcome to Your New Life' was produced by Michael Conrader (who has worked with Destiny's Child, Aaliyah, and Michelle Shocked), Paul Shellack, and Joe Rathbone. The record is getting rotation on over 100 college and AAA stations, inluding WFUV in New York City. Rathbone's talent for writing crisp yet quirky pop tunes continues to gain notoriety. This recognition has led him to appearances at the Atlantis Music Conference (Atlanta, GA) and NEMO (Boston, MA), and numerous regional showcases. Here's what the critics are saying about 'Welcome To Your New Life:' 'Singer-songwriter-guitarist Joe Rathbone throws himself into the arena of Tom Petty (nee Dylan) performers' - Village Voice, New York, NY 'Joe spruces up the singer-songwriter genre with pop overtones.' - 99X (Atlanta's alternative rock station) 'Rathbone's latest release 'Welcome To Your New Life' is full of what might be termed as 'heartland rock' -- a soulful mix of acoustic and electric texture and grooves -- capped with a voice that hints at Brit Elvis Costello and an attitude that's upbeat yet cynical...Perhaps in Rathbone's case, the cream will rise to the top. His songs show a maturity, even sophistication that is the product of years of listening, playing and, most importantly living. Beatlesque string lines flesh out 'Nothing To Brag About' while 'I Know I've Been Bad' has a chorus that would make Elvis (as in Costello) proud.' - Michael Lipton, Charleston Daily Mail, Charleston, WV 'New Atlanta resident, Joe Rathbone probably comes face to face with a lot of, 'Oh...that's what I'm hearing,'kind of reactions, when explaining his upbeat, pop-inflected music, which bears the stamp of his former home of Jersey City, New Jersey. Quick, name at least one rock act, other than the Boss, to come from New Jersey. If you're one of the smart ones who said The Smithereens, take a bow, because they are one of the most immediately obvious touchstones for Rathbone's sound, on more rocking cuts like, 'Rainbows.' Elsewhere, on the recording, he ranges far from his Garden State roots with the Elvis Costello-sounding strains of, 'I Know I've Been Bad.' A heady melancholy wafts through the Joe Henry-like, 'Heart Full of Song,' and the title cut is a rousing, memorable tune as well. His melodic sense is unerring, and a great tune is all that is needed to lift the ordinary to something much, much higher.' - Southeast Performer 'Equal parts contemplation, confession and celebration, the easy-going pop delivery of Joe Rathbone achieves a personal connection without being overly sentimental.' - Creative Loafing, Atlanta, GA 'A welcome contribution to the contemporary singer/songwriter genre' - All Music Guide 'Deft, deliberate texturing interacts with a certain '70s-radio-influenced daydreaminess in the folk-pop excursions of Atlanta-based singer/songwriter Joe Rathbone.' - Mountain Express, Asheville, NC 'The long-awaited album 'Welcome to Your New Life' proves Joe Rathbone is a serious player, melding americana, folk, rock, pop into a more than palatable 'ear candy.' Here is a singer/songwriter who is significantly talented in his delivery of blisteringly excellent tunes' - Chris Darling, WMPG DJ, Portland, ME 'Rathbone's style hearkens back to AM radio's heyday; back when a singable melody and a good beat was sometimes all it took to score a hit.' - Music Matters.