Dirty Cello Music; Cello like you’ve never heard it.
“Dirty Cello’s Rebecca Roudman has a complicated relationship with the cello. Classically trained from childhood, she performs with two Bay Area symphonies. But all things being equal, she’d rather just shred.
“I’ve never been a huge fan of classical music,” she says from Berlin, where her band is on an eight-city tour of Europe. (They perform at Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena on Aug. 12). “Polite applause is great, but in-your-face cheering is so much better.”
As Dirty Cello’s vocalist and co-leader (along with her husband, guitarist Jason Eckl), Roudman gets to hear that sometimes-deafening applause. Onstage, she channels heroes Yo-Yo Ma and Jimi Hendrix, with a little Bonnie Raitt and Axl Rose tossed in for good measure. The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn’t make sense but somehow does.” – Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein, LA Times