Outlier Profile - Joel Rubinson

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Joel Rubinson
Joel, one of the founding members of The Outliers, is inarguably, the front-man for the band. He is well deserving of the title "Chief Cook and Bottle Washer", as besides contributing lead and harmony vocals, lead and rhythm guitar and blues harp to The Outlier sound, he is also the driving force behind the business side of the band. Joel is a veteran musician having been in bluegrass and country bands since the late 70's, winning the Southstreet Seaport Bluegrass Festival one year. Joel lives on Long Island and earns his living as a guru for a market research trade industry organization - the ARF.
Joel Rubinson
Blues Name
Harp Dawg Jefferson
Primary Instrument
Blues Harp
Other instruments you can play
Guitar, spoons, the radio
Other instruments you've ever played, but would be afraid to pick up today
Guitar, spoons, mandolin
Your gear
Dean guitar, Fender Blues Jr. amp, Huang harmonicas
Top 5 Most Important Musical Influences:
#1 Pre-drafted Elvis
#2 Dave Barrett (harmonica instruction material)
#3 Karl Irons
#4 Jo-Ann Osipow
#5 Diane Berg
Age began playing music
Most thrilling personal musical experience
Playing at IMAC in Huntington at the Elvis night
Favorite musical artist
Elvis -- starting to see a pattern??
Musical genre you identify with the most
Would still be "country"
Your all-time favorite album (your 'desert island disc')
Brown Album from The Band
Favorite guitar player
Doc Watson
Favorite bass player
David Meer
Favorite singer
Elvis, but living, it would be Lyle Lovett or Toby Keith
Favorite harp player
Paul Butterfield, but living it's Rod Piazza
Favorite drummer
The guy who used to play with Willie Steel
Favorite tune performed by The Outliers
Brown Shoes
Favorite Elvis song
Mystery Train
Favorite Beatle
Lady Bug
Favorite actor
James Cagney
Favorite actress
Can't single one out
Favorite movie
The Producers
Favorite book
Bonfire of The Vanities
Favorite author
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Favorite magazine
none, really
Favorite web site
Favorite newspaper
NY Times
Favorite place to do Outliers gigs
Madison Square Garden -- wouldn't that be great?
Favorite food
Shoe Size
Your day job
Market Research Guru
Your least favorite word
"Nonplussed" -- is that happy, sad, confusing, understanding, the opposite of plussed, what?
Will a little dab really do ya?
Depends on where the dab goes!
Favorite baseball player
The Mick, living would be Bernie Williams
Favorite all-time TV show
Twilight Zone
Favorite all-time TV show theme song
Beverly Hillbillies
Favorite drink
Bass Ale
Favorite accent
"Less Filling" or "Tastes Great"?
Less Filling
Your worst vice
Can't bring myself to eat healthy
Favorite decade
The next one--can't wait to see what comes next!!
Do gentlemen really prefer blondes?
Not this gentleman
Favorite capital punishment device
Send me to da 'lectric chair!
Favorite quote
"I feel much better since I gave up all hope!"
Favorite comedian
Billy Crystal
Favorite radio program
War of the worlds hoax by Orson Wells
Mantle or Mays?
The ball was still going up when it hit the tip of the upper fašade in Yankee stadium -- need I say more?
Favorite travel destination
Love Alaska!
What the hell does "NPD" stand for anyway?
Tod Johnson owns the whole thing and you can't have any!
The 1st thing you'd buy if you won $10 million
A great venue where The Outliers would always have a gig
Ben & Jerry or Haagen Dazs
Chunky Monkey is my favorite flavor
Tom & Jerry or Wile E. Coyote & Roadrunner
Definitely WEC and RR
Ben & Jerry or Tom & Jerry
Chunky Monkey is my favorite flavor
The Beatles or The Stones
I'll take Rock and Roll over Pop anyday
Cats or Dogs?
The potential to be grateful to a cat is greater when it actually doesn't turn on you and scratch the shit out of you!
Do you think UFO's really exist?
Sure, what do you think Martians would call our landers?
Favorite geo-political figure
Whoever gets my vote in the next election
Favorite sports team
Probably the Mets, since they lose every year just like I pray for!
Stock picks
I gave up long ago
1st concert you ever saw
First rock concert was Jethro Tull
If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be?
On stage in the middle of a harp break
Domino's or Pizza Hut?
Neither-I live in NY and go to Chicago a lot-go local
Dylan "electric" or Dylan "acoustic"
Lay, Lady, Lay, Knocking on Heaven's door--whatever that was
Favorite pet
Someone else's dog
Who currently isn't, but in your opinion, should be, on a postage stamp?
Jesse Ventura-wasn't his governorship refreshing? You couldn't make that up!
Coke or Pepsi?
Are they both ARF members?
Who was the real genius - Becker or Fagan?
No opinion
Carpet or wood floors?
Wood is more beautiful
Favorite dead rock star
Favorite analgesic
Crackling fire or sandy beach?
Fire--I'm a pyro
Favorite member of ABBA
George Jones
Who do you think was really behind Kennedy's assasination?
Marilyn Monroe -- turnabout is fair play!
Favorite Woody Allen movie
Annie Hall, hands down
Favorite condiment
Any and all
Favorite bimbo who ended a politican's/evangelist's/CEO's career
Too many to choose from
Most humbling experience
Listening to anyone good play the guitar
If you could play a different instrument in the band it would be
Sax--other than guitar, that is the most versatile instrument

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