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STRINGS MAGAZINE

These difficult times have been very hard on musicians, and as the leader of the international touring band Dirty Cello, it’s been quite a struggle to keep rocking and rolling through the pandemic. But despite all the difficulties, my band and I have been doing lots of performing – all with safety at the forefront of our minds.

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BERKELEYSIDE

Even given Berkeley’s reputation for hijinks, Rebecca Roudman is thrilled to be performing at the Back Room Saturday afternoon for an audience she expects will consist mostly of fully-clothed human beings.

For the cellist, fiddler, vocalist and leader of the San Francisco combo Dirty Cello, getting through the pandemic has meant working in situations where that’s not always the case. 

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BIG ISLAND MUSIC MAG

Dirty Cello’s livestream concert at the Kahilu Theatre last Saturday was a-rockin’ good time. In a way, it felt like we might be finally making our way back to some type of pre-pandemic normalcy. Sure, the seats are still empty, and the roar from a raucous crowd is missing, but having a mainland act return to the Big Island for a concert was reminiscent of the good ol’ days of nine months ago.

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ROUGE VALLEY MESSENGER

It’s a beautiful evening in Ashland as I enter the Bayberry Inn’s enchanting outdoor space on September 6 (pre-fires). Just as there is a certain insider acumen associated with the “dirty” martini, Southern Oregon presents Dirty Cello as an example of the higher echelon of musical talent. 

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SACRAMENTOREVEALED.COM

When Dirty Cello played at the B Street Theatre at The Sofia last (pre-COVID-19), I had tentatively planned to attend the mid-December 2019 concert.  Unfortunately, my plans were sidetracked.  I was therefore pleased to “attend” their recent virtual concert as part of the B Street Theatre at the Sofia’s Six-Feet Apart series.

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GOOD TIMES SANTA CRUZ

Four years ago, Rebecca Roudman and husband Jason Eckl booked a night’s stay at a fully functioning buffalo ranch on California’s Central Coast. While there, the owner gave them a tour of the property. They noticed a beautiful outdoor stage that was used for church services. Roudman asked, “Would you consider having a concert here?”

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ASHLAND TIDINGS

Rebecca Roudman should be lugging her cello case down a cobblestone street in Paris this week, strolling through art galleries, and sipping cappuccino by the gallon.

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ABC7 NEWS

The closure has had a major economic impact on the zoo but a Bay Area bluegrass band, Dirty Cello, has stepped in to help the animals during the pandemic.

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FACEBOOK WATCH

Bake, read, learn, practice, maybe sing with Ken Jeong together Live…even when we’re apart. There’s tons of live content to bring us together on Facebook Watch.

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KQED

To make a long story short, a bluegrass band named Dirty Cello was performing at the Oakland Zoo and a parrot decided to sing along. It made me so happy to be reminded that we still have so much room in our new normal for this kind of spontaneous joy. Hope it does the same for you.

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STRINGS MAGAZINE

Anyone who's been in an audience when the San Francisco Bay Area Dirty Cello takes the stage knows that something unique happens whenever cellist Rebecca Roudman and ensemble come face to face with living, breathing (and whooping and shouting) fans.

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KRON4 NEWS

The elephant was not amused, the giraffe was intrigued, and the parrot burst into song.

Earlier this week a blues and bluegrass band, Dirty Cello, played music for all of the animals of the Oakland Zoo.

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MODESTOVIEW

On Friday evening May 8, we’ll welcome back the one and only Dirty Cello, who have headlined for me on numerous occasions and are one of my very top crowd-pleasers. From the first time I nearly fell out of my chair when she emailed asking to play my series, to booking concert dates for her in the U.K., to attending her wedding, to playing pack-mule schlepping her gear to the bottom of Moaning Cavern for a concert, I’ve forged quite the beautiful friendship with cellist/bandleader Rebecca Roudman. 

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MARIN IJ

Marin’s gigging musicians — and producers at local venues where they play — say they are doing a major reset as virtually all of the spring and summer concert seasons this year have been canceled or postponed over the coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re doing Facebook Live concerts every night at 8 p.m.,” said Rebecca Roudman of the blues and bluegrass-inspired band Dirty Cello. Roudman and Jason Eckl, her husband and bandmate, are streaming the concerts from their Novato home.

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PRESS DEMOCRAT

The creative impulse cannot be denied. With no gigs to play, no museums open and all the theaters dark, our musicians, artists and actors go right on sharing their talents, simply because they must.

With the public ordered to shelter in place during the coronavirus crisis, artists of all kinds have turned to social media to find a stage for their performances.

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SONOMA MAGAZINE

Even in Northern California, even two decades into the 21st century, women in music often get "unpleasant treatment" says cellist Rebecca Roudman, leader of the band Dirty Cello. "So instead of getting mad about it, I decided to do something positive about it," she said. "That's why we wanted to do a concert that would benefit women,"

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SONOMA COUNTY GAZETTE

Dirty Cello, a local band that generates pure excitement, was started by cellist Rebecca Roudman and guitarist Jason Eckl, eight years ago. Roudman chose the name Dirty Cello because “I wanted to go beyond the limits of what a cello can do.” Also, “so people would be like ‘what the hell is Dirty Cello.’” Their professed focus on blues, bluegrass, and rock understates the fact that they’ll play “anything that moves us emotionally,” she says.  

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PRESS DEMOCRAT

On the eve of International Women’s Day, which is March 8, rocking blues and bluegrass cellist Rebecca Roudman gathers her favorite North Bay women performers for a joint concert.

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BIG ISLAND MUSIC MAG

From classical Bach to classic rock, Dirty Cello proved they can play those standards, everything in between – and a few originals too! Last Friday’s Kahilu crowd got a two-hour high-energy show to kick off their weekend and they showed their appreciation with a standing ovation.

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WINTERS EXPRESS

Sure, Rebecca Roudman plays cello in two symphonies, long considered cellists’ natural habitat. But the cellist, singer and fiddler comes into her own when she’s fronting her eclectic roots band, Dirty Cello. 

 “I love classical music, but I grew up listening to all types of music, and I wanted to play that music on my cello,” she told Strings Magazine. “So I decided to just go for it. I formed Dirty Cello to give me a way to do something different from my other playing.” 

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WOODLAND DAILY DEMOCRAT

Rebecca Roudman decided it was time for her to step into the spotlight.

The classically trained cellist spent years in the background, playing with orchestras and backing up other musicians.

“I got very bored and very jealous,” Roudman admitted. “When they got up to rip solos, I wanted to get a piece of the action.”

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DAVIS ENTERPRISE

Sure, Rebecca Roudman plays cello in two symphonies, long considered cellists’ natural habitat. But the cellist, singer and fiddler comes into her own when she’s fronting her eclectic roots band, Dirty Cello.

“I love classical music, but I grew up listening to all types of music, and I wanted to play that music on my cello,” she told Strings Magazine. “So I decided to just go for it. I formed Dirty Cello to give me a way to do something different from my other playing.”

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TIMES HERALD

For those seeking a high-priced, grab your finest duds Valentine’s Day night out, forget The Palms in Winters. Not when Dirty Cello is playing.

“The reason we’re having a Valentine’s show is that I hate how expensive everything is on Valentine’s Day, how formal and high pressure it is,” said Rebecca Roudman, the cello behind Dirty Cello, declaring a “reasonably priced, casual and fun” 8 p.m. performance.

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THE UNION

OK, the band Dirty Cello — and its lead singer and cello player Rebecca Roudman — are compiling pretty amazing press.

And, wait, they’re coming to a special KVMR 89.5 FM intimate house concert in the radio station’s community room this Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. in downtown Nevada City, during Victorian Christmas.

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MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY

Dirty Cello has all kinds of connotations, some even provocative. But cellist Rebecca Roudman didn’t intend any of that.

“When I play classical cello I think of it as such a clean way to play the instrument,” she says. “I was going for the opposite.”

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TAHOE ON STAGE

When Rebecca Roudman started the band Dirty Cello, she didn’t think it would go anywhere. Instead, it’s gone everywhere.

In seven years, Dirty Cello has released seven albums and had multiple tours in England, Italy and China.

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THE SHEET

Kicking off Thursday will be Dirty Cello, a band which performed on the Minaret Stage last year. 

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THE SHEET

When you take a cello out of concert halls and chamber settings and let it loose in a bar or nightclub, interesting things tend to happen.

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PACIFIC SUN

Raised in San Rafael and now living in Novato, Rebecca Roudman makes her living as a cellist in the Oakland Symphony and the Santa Rosa Symphony. She started playing classical music when she was 7 years old, and after graduating as a music major in college, it was all classical music all the time.

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TIMES HERALD

First, it’s off to Israel. Then jump on a plane to the United Kingdom. And finish it with a jaunt to Iceland.

And you think you have a long commute to work?

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UPBEAT TIMES

Question: What does an electic bluegrass fusion band and a renowned orchestra have in common? Answer: Rebecca Roudman plays cello for both. Roudman, the versatile bandleader for Dirty Cello, has been performing with the prestigious Santa Rosa Symphony since 2001.

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NAPA VALLEY REGISTER

Cellist Rebecca Roudman leads a musical double life. While she is a serious symphonic cellist with experience in a number of Bay Area orchestras, her first love is Dirty Cello, her multi-genre quartet. They return to Blue Note Napa for two shows this Friday evening, Oct. 5.

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REDDING RECORD

Music artists who made Redding a regular stop on their tours are joining with a few new faces to rock out — and folk out, and blues out — for those most affected by the Carr Fire. They'll play an eclectic benefit concert when they gather on Aug. 31 at the Cascade Theatre in Redding.

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J WEEKLY

The two co-founders of the local bands Dirty Cello and San Francisco Yiddish Combo were robbed of their musical instruments in San Francisco Tuesday night, but a strong community effort and the ingenious play of a Good Samaritan helped recover the valuable cello and guitar about 15 hours after they went missing.

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ASHLAND TIDINGS

When lead guitar is replaced by the sound of hot licks on a cello, blues, rock and bluegrass rise to a new dimension. Dirty Cello — a four-piece band from San Francisco — makes its style of string music to inspire audiences to swing, sway and dance.

“Our music has never been described as calming,” cellist Rebecca Roudman says with a laugh. “We love the idea of having people unplug, rock out at our concerts and be happy.”

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ROGUE VALLEY MESSENGER

Crooning into the mic about the injustices of the labels placed on females while rocking out a bluesy riff on the cello is not something you see every day. Dirty Cello strives to be that unique group that turns heads and shatters stereotypes, all centered around that stalwart instrument of any orchestra or symphony—the cello. Lead singer and cellist Rebecca Roudman fills us in on what it takes to break the mold.

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LA TUA REPUBBLICA

Il Museo archeologico nazionale di Napoli è anche "Un museo che suona". Per quattro giorni, dal 31 maggio al 3 giugno, con "Elogio del violoncello", il Mann diretto da Paolo Giulierini si trasformerà in un'immensa scatola sonora grazie alle suggestioni di un originale format musicale firmato da Stefano Valanzuolo.

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SF CLASSICAL VOICE

On YouTube, you can view not one, but three side-by-side-by-side Rebecca Roudmans simultaneously rocking through Purple Haze on three cellos — a 1909 French classic, a gray carbon-fiber model made by Luis and Clark, and an electric cello that resembles a funky hardwood board shaped like a smoothly beveled hourglass. 

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MONTEREY COUNTY NOW

At first glance, the core four bandmembers look like unassuming music students from Juilliard or Peabody. All preconceptions are overrun by prodigy Rebecca Roudman and a concept that involves her cello transforming into an electric guitar. 

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WEST HAWAII TODAY

KAILUA-KONA — San Francisco-based musician Rebecca Roudman has been playing music since she was seven, when she was classically trained on the cello.

What started as a hobby she learned just for fun has turned into a career touring the world with her band, Dirty Cello, and performing something very different from classical music.

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HONOLULU STAR ADVERTISER

The cello has had an honored place in Western classical music for several hundred years, but who thinks of it as a cool pop instrument? Compare the cello to the acoustic bass — also known as the double bass, the contra-bass and the “stand-up bass” — which has epitomized “cool” ever since someone started playing it as a rhythm instrument around the 1920s.

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CARMEL PINE CONE

Reinventing an instrument that is best known for its somber and melancholy sound, Dirty Cello visits the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur Saturday, Jan. 6. And if the weather cooperates, the band will even play outside under the redwoods — which will create quite a contrast to the frigid conditions most of the country is suffering through. The San Francisco-based ensemble got its start in 2010 after cellist Rebecca Roudman, who had been experimenting with playing rock songs, won a local talent show, “Vallejo’s Got Talent.”

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MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY

In choosing a band name that conjures all kinds of possibilities, Dirty Cello bandleader Rebecca Roudman feels the decision was simple.

“I like classical, but it’s not my favorite music,” she says. “And I love blues, and I love bluegrass. I have eclectic musical tastes, and over time I began to wonder if it would be possible to do the cello as a lead instrument, like the guitar is in a rock band.”

She then adds this: “When I play classical I think of it as such a clean way to play. I was going for the opposite of that.”

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LA TIMES

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, Dirty Cello, 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."

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STRINGS MAGAZINE

I got married last summer and, when planning for the wedding, there was no question about where I wanted to spend my honeymoon—Italy! Since my new husband [Dirty Cello guitarist Jason Eckl] and I are both in the band, we thought it would be a fun idea to combine our honeymoon with a performance tour.

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STRINGS MAGAZINE

After 32 hours, I was in China! We had gotten up in the wee hours of the morning (at 4 am) and arrived an hour later at San Francisco International Airport.

Who knew we were actually too early to get checked in? (Wish I had slept 20 more minutes.) The band boarded the plane and after a crazy flight path that veered from San Francisco to Vancouver, Vancouver to Beijing, and Beijing to the Chinese city of Dalian, finally arrived.

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STRINGS MAGAZINE

A weather-beaten man is listening to Rebecca Roudman, as she plays Jimi Hendrix' "Purple Haze" on the cello. "Awesome!" the aged gentleman murmurs, the moment he recognizes the familiar melody. Clearly a man of the streets, he is seated in the lobby of the Hotel Cadillac in San Francisco's seedy Tenderloin District.

He's a guest at the hotel's weekly Concerts at the Cadillac series, staging free performances of classical, jazz, and world music for residents of the low-income residential hotel.

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GOOD TIMES SANTA CRUZ

Rebecca Roudman stands front and center in an automotive garage currently serving as a makeshift video set. The classically trained cellist rests her bow on the instrument’s strings, leans forward, plays a few long mournful notes, then breaks into a rousing, sassy rendition of the Robert Johnson classic tune, “Cross Road Blues.”

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VALLEJO TIMES HERALD

It was, perhaps, not a big move. Not like, say, California to Iowa. But even a cross-town change-of-address in Novato can be a bit stressful.

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INTUITION

“An electric cello. Pretty cool, huh?”
    He nods quickly. “It was almost like it was singing the words.”
    “Exactly. When you can’t sing, the instrument can do it for you.”
    “Can you teach me to play stuff like that?”
    “Yep. We’ll start out easy and then get to the hard stuff as you get better. Rebecca’s even from San Francisco, so maybe we can all go to one of her shows sometime.”
    “That would be cool,” he agrees.
    The look on his face almost makes me want to reach out and hug him, but something about Zander tells me he’s not the hugging type.

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MARIN MAGAZINE

There's a good chance you’ve already heard Rebecca Roudman play. She performed on the soundtracks for the Bruce Willis film Looper and the Jeremy Renner film Kill the Messenger. On top of that, her band Dirty Cello has been making its mark on the Bay Area with more than 100 shows a year. Dirty Cello’s most recent release Beach House Sessions was recorded in an idyllic house at Muir Beach, where the band stayed until they finished an album full of classic American blues and bluegrass cover songs.

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CSUEB MAGAZINE

When Cal State East Bay music graduate Rebecca Roudman ’99, pulled the bow across her cello and played the Scorpions’ “Rock You Like a Hurricane,”  at a local competition, the audience went wild.

Right then, the term “rock cello” came to her mind and eventually led to the creation of her current musical group, “Dirty Cello”.

“We were brainstorming for a name for our group and thought, ’What is the opposite of playing cleanly on the cello - or playing classically on the cello?’ I came up with Dirty Cello,” Roudman said. “We instantly loved the name. Dirty Cello to us means ‘wild and rockin’.”

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IL TIRRENO

Piazza della Chiesa a Vaiano era completamente invasa da persone provenienti da varie parti della provincia ed anche della Toscana, per assistere al concerto dei “Dirty Cello”, formazione statunitense (californiana) ai suoi primi esordi in Italia. Un concerto molto ritmato, composto da elementi blues, musica dance dell’Europa dell’Est, bluegrass e rock classico.  Un concentrato di “folle” energia che ha come protagonista il violoncello, sfruttato al massimo e nel modo più magico e spettacolare.