“If folk music was to appoint an ambassador for the 21st Century, then the song-writing style of Chuck Brodsky would be its’ finest example and brightest star.”
- Lonesome Highway
“If indeed God is in the details, Chuck Brodsky has a direct line to the powers that be...character studies that are bittersweet, biting, and insightful...a low laying, loose-collared folkie with rockist irreverence and bluesy swagger: an American stranger in a familiar land.
A man who's seen it all and done it all, or close to it....”
- East Bay Times (Oakland, Berkeley CA)
"Chuck Brodsky can take the everyday aspects of existence and bring them to life much the same way that John Prine, Bob Dylan, and Woody Guthrie could...knockout tales of genuine human triumphs...this is great stuff...even the ones that aren’t true sound like
they must be when he gets through with them."
-Good Times (Santa Cruz)
“If Mark Twain were reincarnated as a musician, his name might be Chuck Brodsky."
"As much at home with comedy as tragedy, his story songs carry the full payload of a mature observer of human experience – irony, tenderness, bitter satire, surprise and delight, modern frustrations, a sense of danger and of longing. Conveying all of this with a catchy melody,
a chalky baritone and a journeyman’s skill on the guitar."
"Chuck Brodsky is the Mark Twain of folk musicians. He is a singer, a songwriter, and an amazing musical storyteller. His riveting narratives, that range from historic baseball lore to modern
Facebook foibles, are genuine, rootsy, and a little bit quirky, yet full of wit and warmth."
"Chuck Brodsky is the writer of the greatest story-songs in the world of music. His songs
have inspired movies (Radio), brought fans to tears and left people with a smile on their faces."
- Red Dragon, Baton Rouge LA
He’s a storyteller in the grand tradition, and he’s skilled at setting those stories
to appealing music. Like the most effective storytellers, Brodsky can make you
laugh and pause to think at the same time.
"A quirky wit that takes you by surprise also leads him to write
spectacular songs you aren't expecting."
- Asheville Citizen-Times
“One of the finest singer-songwriters in America. There are a lot of good ones, but when it comes down to the really great ones it boils down to a select few - he’s one of them.”
-Larry Groce, Mountain Stage (National Public Radio)
If the authors John Steinbeck and Flannery O’Connor had been musicians,
they’d probably sound something like Chuck Brodsky.”
-John Sewell, Bristol Herald Courier, Tri-Cities.com (Bristol, TN)
“What a wonderful insightful storyteller Chuck Brodsky truly is. Nobody else comes close currently...With a deceptively gentle delivery and a preposterous arsenal of warm, disarming humor laced with cunning, caustic barbs, his striking songs take aim at a variety of social and political ills...Brodsky’s unquestionably the best folk ballad songwriter currently in America - bar none.”
-Penguin Eggs (Canada)
“This guy will simply knock you out... a font of great songwriting...someone you want to
get to know if you consider yourself a fan of Americana but wish a lot of the
songwriting had that certain something extra. “
“A world class songwriter...a musical poet moonlighting at times as a grand court jester.”
-Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
“Chuck Brodsky can sing, fingerpick, and strum with the best of ’em...a storyteller, and a
riveting one at that...an underlying tone of warmth and compassion runs through
all his carefully observed narratives.
-Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“Biting satire, comic moments and the occasional lump in the throat moment are all held together with dazzling acoustic guitar work. How he's not as famous as Dylan or Neil Young
has to be one of the mysteries of the universe.”
-Get Ready To Rock! Best of 2008
"A genuine troubadour with no soapbox, no urban boho contentions, and a few axes to grind,
Brodsky picks and grins with the best of the Woody and Ramblin’ Jack descendants."
-San Francisco Bay Guardian
“One of the greatest storytelling artists we know...We dig Chuck Brodsky."
“One of the top singer-songwriters of our time. He is certainly the most underrated. He covers
so many topics and uses satire and irony better than anyone I've ever heard…
unassuming and down to earth. Simply brilliant.”
-Ron Olesko WFDU (Fairleigh Dickinson University)
“As a reviewer for decades, Brodsky's ever-burgeoning catalogue of songs (1991 - to date) has been a pleasingly wonderful reviewing experience, whether it involved shedding a tear (there have been a few), releasing a deep belly laugh (same there), or learning a lesson (there have been many)...this guy skillfully pens knockout songs with frightening regularity...Chuck's message is simple, honest, and truly true, and his observations deserve your undivided attention...Listen to him today, tomorrow, and every day after that...you'll come away "rich from the journey."
-Arthur Wood (FolkWax)
“Social commentary fused with dry wit and excellent acoustic guitar work.”
“Down-to-earth lyrics about ordinary folk sung in an often jocular, and always entertaining style . . . He may be compassionate, but there’s always at least a modicum of black humour somewhere along
the line to keep his audiences on their toes.”
-The Jerusalem Post
“Passionate observer—twister, re-maker, syncopator of the simple tale, the not-so-simple cliche.”
"Before you know it, you got them chills running down the back of your neck.
Maybe even a lump in your throat. He’s that good."
-The Glass Eye (Lansing, MI)
"Brodsky specializes in wonderful folk songs about baseball."
“Charming, humorous songs about the follies of ordinary people, both heroes and zeros…
Whenever he performs, he hits a home run.”
- Ann Arbor News
“It’s to Brodsky’s credit that these baseball songs can appeal to people (like me) who don’t even like baseball much, and it’s because whatever subject he touches, Brodsky is able to
give it powerful human interest.”
-The Canton Voice (Ohio)