Outlier Profile - Joel Rubinson

back to Who Are These Guys?

 
 
 
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.
 
Name
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
25
 
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
MLB.com
 
Favorite newspaper
NY Times
 
Favorite place to do Outliers gigs
Madison Square Garden -- wouldn't that be great?
 
Favorite food
Pizza
 
Shoe Size
11
 
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
oomlat
 
"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
Elvis
 
Favorite analgesic
Aspirin
 
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
 
 
 

Laurie  |  Mark T  |  David  |  Brad  |  Mark L  |  Rob

Home  |  Gigs  |  Profiles  |  History  |  An Outlier?

Photos  |  Songs  |  Download/Listen  |  Outlier Sound  |  Jamming

Links  |  Humor  |  Quotes  |  Join Mailing List  |  Book The Band  |  E-Mail Us

The Outliers Logo

©2008 - The Outliers