There’s a Woody Guthrie-meets-James Bond quality to award-winning songwriter Jeep Rosenberg’s life and musical adventures—he’s not the average dude with a guitar. He’s yodeled Jimmie Rodgers songs to Mongol herders in the South Gobi. He won a talent contest in Korea with his “Tennessee Waltz” rendition and darn near triggered an international incident by upsetting the local favorite (the judges invented a special “foreigners’ award” on the spot). To boost morale among fellow UN staff in the Balkans, he formed a roadhouse band a la Willie Nelson, The Kosovo Mad Cowhands, that packed the Diplomat Lounge in Pristina weekly. While serving in a peacekeeping mission, he helped a Haitian guitarist acquire phony papers to hook a precious hotel gig in the Bahamas. As a former Green Beret sergeant, he not only assisted fellow vets as an employment counselor, but, working with the academic community, and in the spirit of education and healing, devoted almost a decade collecting and performing songs that GI’s wrote in Vietnam for their own consumption. This effort peaked with a featured appearance with Kris Kristofferson hosting on an Austin City Limits special (clips on his YouTube channel and at www.jeeprosenberg.com ).
Closer to home, he’s recently been honored as a Grand Prize Lyricist by Nashville Songwriters’ Association & CMT (http://members.nashvillesongwriters.com/news.php?viewStory=1077) shared the stage with long-time mentor Jimmie Dale Gilmore of the Flatlanders, fund-raised for poetry on a bill with Patti Smith and Philip Glass, been a staple performer in New York’s highly regarded Rockwood Music Hall, published in American Poetry Review, and deepened his guitar chops with an NEA-funded apprenticeship with the legendary jazz/bluesman Teddy Bunn. South Carolina-raised and long based in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC, Jeep’s songs reflect a lifetime affair with American roots music. He is currently working on his third independent CD. Of his latest release, “Silver Bluff Estates,” Nashville’s EAR CANDY blog says “(he)…draws us in with tale after tale filled with mesmeric imagery.”
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