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,” W.B. Yeats called it – that place of deep honesty to which we must descend in order to unearth anything valuable enough to be called art. Songwriter-poet Rags Rosenberg has spent a lifetime in that effort.
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 getting arrested at anti-war demonstrations. 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, he put his songwriting aspirations on hold and started a successful remodeling business. 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. His song "I'll Meet You There," written with grammy winner Lyn Langham, was featured in the movie Beyond Right and Wrong. He released his first full length CD, Flower Time, in 2019.
“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 uncertainties thrust upon us in today's crazy world."
After two years of touring the West Coast in a 16' Scamp trailer, he's now has a permanent address in Carmel, California where he writes and performs in full view of his beloved Pacific Ocean.