Rob Morsberger with Amelia White

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Respected critics have weighed in with early raves for esoteric rocker Rob Morsberger’s brilliant new CD ‘Ghosts Before Breakfast.’ In her USA TODAY Listen Up Music Pick, Elysa Gardner highlighted the mournful song “Cobblestones,” praising it as an “exquisitely plaintive postcard from a lonely foreigner." And, in his
expansive write-up via syndicated tastemaker outlet BLOGCRITICS, veteran critic Jack Goodstein said the album is nothing less than “true art.”

Long known as a literate songwriter with a taste for eclectic source material, Morsberger stretched even his own boundaries on ‘Ghosts’ – he comments:
“Themes are…gender, expatriation, art, and especially, again and again, mortality. There are several historical narratives also…This is probably the most eccentric and ambitious record I’ve made. It has several long form pieces that move in and out of contrasting styles, and features quite a bit of orchestration.”

The album eerily foreshadows Morsberger’s recent diagnosis of brain cancer, with multiple songs (written before he was aware of his illness), focusing on death and mortality. As he wrapped up work on the CD this past Fall, headaches and dizziness prompted him to see his doctors. The news was devastating:
“As I was finishing off the record I unexpectedly received a diagnosis of grade 4 Glioblastoma…the worst manifestation of the most malignant kind of brain cancer. This is not a survivable illness. When I was in hospital having surgery in late September, it really hit me how much of this record clearly anticipated my illness…particularly the song ‘Feather
in a Stream’. I realized that, deep down, I saw this coming and it came out in my writing. And, surrounded by other suffering people, of course I thought of the song ‘The Great Whatever’ - particularly as I felt so close, at all times, to a god I
can’t and don’t wish to comprehend. But clearly, this is god’s path for me now. I’m ready for wherever it leads me, and I know I, and my family, will be OK.”

Rob Morsberger is a singer-songwriter and classically-trained composer. His last album, 'The Chronicle of A Literal Man', was featured on PRI/NPR and received raves in USA Today, The Boston Globe and Herald, and more. Writing in the Herald, renowned rock critic Kevin Convey stated that the "album is the kind of hyperliterate, pop-inflected singersongwriter outing that went out of style when Warren Zevon died. And…he can write a hook that could make angels weep." As a sideman, he is currently working on the new Patti Smith album; other credits include My Morning Jacket, Crash Test Dummies, Marshall Crenshaw, Jules Shear, Loudon Wainwright III, Dan Zanes, and The Roches. Scoring/arranging credits include Boardwalk Empire, Masterpiece Theater, NOVA and Frontline. He was composer for the award-winning PBS
series NOVAscienceNOW for its first five seasons.

Born in Ohio, Rob grew up in Oxford, England and studied composition at the University of Edinburgh. He lives with his family in the Hudson Valley just north of New York City.

"Ebullient choruses and complicated moods Literate verse and ravaged guitars and a level of composition and craftsmanship that brings to mind Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty, and Ryan Adams.” - Boston Globe

"It's no wonder that Amelia White is being touted as the next Lucinda Williams…but White has her own strong songs, and strong style.” - Washington Post

Perhaps her producer Marco Giovino explains Amelia’s music best: “How Van Gogh used canvas and paint to make his timeless masterpieces, Amelia uses lyric and melody to create songs that will touch and leave a lasting impression on every mood you've ever felt.”

Though she was born and bred in Virginia to a native Virginian family, Amelia White cut her musical teeth as a young adult in Boston. “I could claim a southern musical pedigree if I wanted, my Grandpa played banjo on the porch every night, but in reality my roots came from sneaking down to the basement to listen to my older brother’s records while Mom thought I was doing homework,” laughs Amelia. “The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Muddy Waters, and early Elton John were my faves, and I was completely obsessed. I loved the songs where I couldn’t figure out exactly what it meant for a while, and slowly a mystery was revealed; it blew my mind.“

And as the muse was awakened the story begins. She begged her brother to teach her guitar, proceeding to play it so much and so naturally that he sold her his 1968 Martin D-18 for 20 bucks of allowance money. It’s still Amelia’s main guitar to this day. The writing of songs followed and it was a steady stream that led her to her first money making gigs in the subways of Boston, and into studios and venues around the country and world. “I’ve pretty much been writing songs and playing them for people ever since I can remember, it comes naturally to me, and I imagine I will do it until the day I die.”

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