June, 2016 by Cat Johnson
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.”
Though the gap between the rough garage setting and the polished cello sound is wide, it’s not entirely unexpected for Roudman and her band Dirty Cello. A Bay Area outfit that tosses aside musical convention, Dirty Cello keeps its repertoire, sound, and venues unpredictable, performing in flashmobs, marathons and a cave.