Rags Rosenberg writes Mythopoetic Folk-Rock in the tradition of the songwriter-poets he admires: Cohen, Dylan and Waits to name a few.
"Rags writes melodic music for mature people. His style is reminiscent of the music of Leonard Cohen. As a music promoter & radio host, I commend his music to your ears. - Craig Boyer, KKRN, 88.5 Round Mountain, California
"Growing up, growing older, reflecting on life - So goes the new Rags&Bones CD Flower Time. Sincere vocals with minimalistic production sets the tone for the album. Each song is a reflection somewhere on life's path and Rags Rosenberg nails it. This CD will hook you from start to finish. Check it out." - Stan Edwards, Countrybear.
"It was a pleasure to schedule such a professional performer for Sandbox Coffeehouse. From the first contact, to our final sit down post show discussion, Rags is a real singer/songwriter. Looking forward to having Rags once again perform in the future." - Todd Ryzow , Sandbox Coffeehouse, Ventura, California
“The foul rag and bone shop of the heart,” Yeats called it – that repository of musings, detritus and discarded emotions out of which we assemble art. Songwriter-poet Phillip Rosenberg, performing under the name Rags and Bones, has spent a lifetime sifting through the leftover parts of the world and himself to try and create an archival record. At 69, he feels like he may be getting close.
Growing up in Tujunga, California just north of Los Angeles, Rosenberg came of age in the tumult of the ’60s – hitchhiking to San Francisco, touring with rock bands and avoiding the draft. Married with two children, he moved to Atlanta in the early ’80s during the early days of Atlanta hip-hop. When his marriage collapsed, he relocated to Nashville to pursue his dream of a career in songwriting. With two kids to support, to make ends meet he started a successful remodeling business, even as songwriting credits remained elusive. About to turn 50, in an intense burst of writing, he set down his life story in a series of 25 poems, which he published under the title Raised in the Shadow. No less an authority than the poet Robert Bly said of the collected poems: “I do think they’re very fresh, and they have a certain drive forward into truth.” His work has been excerpted in Black Moon and Hudson View, and he takes a measure of pride in having been the only poet to ever appear in Fine Homebuilding Magazine.
Today, Rosenberg lives in a 16' travel trailer, touring the West. In January, he released his first full length CD, "Flower Time."
“Everyone is in service to something” says Rosenberg. “I want to be in service to the song. It’s my way to embrace the ambiguities of life and deal with the terrifying uncertainty thrust upon us as we make our way, as the poet David Whyte says, ‘through the immensities.’