• Mark Rubin
    Jew of Oklahoma

    Muscular Jewish-Americana from Bad Livers co-founder

  • Artist and Mission Statement

    Why are so many American Jews playing everybody else's music and not their own?

    Mark Rubin


    Oklahoma-born, Texas-reared, and now living in New Orleans, multi-instrumentalist Mark Rubin is an unabashed Southern Jew, known equally for his muscular musicianship and larger-than-life persona. Over an accomplished 30+ year career, he has accompanied or produced a virtual who’s-who of American traditional music, while straddling numerous musical genres, including Country, Western Swing, Bluegrass, Cajun, Tex-Mex, Polka, Klezmer, Roma, and more. He is perhaps best known for co-founding the notorious proto-Americana band Bad Livers, though his more recent work as a first call tuba and bass player in the klezmer music scene has now earned him equivalent notoriety. His credits in the Jewish music world include stints with Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars, The Other Europeans, and Andy Statman, as well as two decades on faculty at KlezKamp and a featured performer at Toronto's Ashkenaz Festival.

    Today, he lives and works as a professional musician in New Orleans and makes a study of the musical traditions and cultures of South Louisiana.

    The Mission

    What's the plan?

    Remarkably, Rubin’s first project, “Southern Discomfort,” was only released in 2014. And 2017 he released his "solo" project (Songs for the Hangman's Daughter) performing 11 original tunes played utter live, just voice and one instrument. "Criminally overlooked and underrated," Andy Langer KGSR Austin, TX.

    Rubin asks the humble question. Why are all these Jews playing folk music from all around the world, yet have zero interest in their own Jewish heritage? Removed from the living stream of Yiddish culture in a small Agricultural college town, he too excelled in other peoples traditions. "But what is my culture, my birthright?" They journey to answer that question is addressed in the Jew of Oklahoma project.

    Suitable for coffee houses, house concerts or a progressive schul's social hall, Rubin performs either solo or with a small ensemble, often featuring one of many young Jewish musicians who have joined Rubin on this trail of musical discovery,

    Interested in the discussion?

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    Mark Rubin


    4091 Fairmont Dr., New Orleans LA 70122 USA


  • Sights & Sounds

    "The Murder of Leo Frank"

    A track from 2014's "Southern Discomfort"

    Mark Rubin & Craig Judelman

    A medley of Litvak Fiddle Tunes @ Blackpot Festival 2017, Lafayette

    Mark Rubin & Craig Judelman

    Warming before a featured performance @ Ashkenaz 2017, Toronto Canada