Andy Robinson presents  his new CD Exotic America

Andy Robinson Exotic America CD

The critically acclaimed album of eclectic instrumental music by

Andy Robinson

About the music: 

   MOVING MOUNTAINSfeaturing the outstanding fiddle playing of Dennis Caplinger, a lovely nylon-string guitar solo by Kentucky fingerstylist Pat Kirtley, me, on my trusty Folkroots mountain dulcimer, and the very melodic electric bass playing of Doug Robinson. (Doug co-produced the album, and he also played on and produced The Andy Robinson Band CD.) "Moving Mountains" is featured in the soundtrack of  Lost Lake, a quirky independent film about karma and past lives from Adams Entertainment.   LISTEN

   EXOTIC AMERICA – The idea  for the title came from a quote attributed to Andy Warhol, about how  Americans are probably the most exotic people on earth, whether we realize it or not.    LISTEN

   CONVERSATIONS – Remember the "party" tracks you used to hear in the background of certain pop and soul records of the sixties?  This is my folky version of that sort of thing.  That's my mother-in-law's laughter you hear as the "lead instrument" at several points in the song.   LISTEN

    PENGUIN – I've had this tune in my "back pocket" since the mid-Seventies, when my buddy Richard and I used to take our kalimbas and jam during hikes along the cliffs above Torrey Pines State Beach.  Larry Clark used software to “reverse” the sound of my kalimba solo, and then I cut and pasted certain passages of it back into the recording. That's the unique, fluttering sound.   LISTEN

   AFTER THE FIRES – More electric dulcimer, pretty and sort of melancholy…a peace prayer, really. I named it after witnessing the eerie calm which followed the devastating Southern California wildfires of 2003.  LISTEN

   AVENUE V - In the desert outside of LA there is a little town called Pearblossom, and out behind Pearblossom, just before the foothills, there is a network of long, hard dirt roads with street signs on them, but no buildings. I used to go hiking out there. There wasn't much out there but Joshua trees and these tremendous radio transmission towers reaching up into the sky. It was a beautiful, eerie, lonely sort of place. The roads were all named for letters of the alphabet, and I spent a good deal of time wandering along "Avenue V".   LISTEN

THE BRIDGES ARE BURNING – A spontaneous expression of  glee.  I picked up my dulcimer and this one just spilled out of me in the midst of packing to move back to San Diego, after 24 years of the rock & roll life in Los Angeles.

95 TEARS – I bought a small ceramic flute while on vacation in the Czech Republic. The shaky little melody I was able to coax out of that thing is perfect for this tune. The crusty-sounding voice in the second section is a Stylophone, a kind of primitive toy synthesizer made in the Sixties.

THE DIFFERENT WORLD SONG – In the late eighties I did some experimenting with isolation tanks. Once, while “floating”, a musical phrase, complete with lyrics, popped into my head, and I ended up writing a song around it. Eventually we named our band after that song. I decided to drop the lyrics here, and use "The Different World Song" as an excuse to get crazy with my Black Mountain electric dulcimer. 
   CHILDREN'S GAMES – If you strip away all the psychedelic stuff there's a folky little sing-song tune  underneath. Scott Colby’s brilliant slide guitar helped morph this one into something rather gnarly. I played most of the keyboard parts in the breaks on a wheezing plastic chord organ that I bought for ten bucks at a swap meet.  LISTEN

NAMELESS PARADE – My original idea for "Nameless" got away from me almost immediately and I got lost in a seemingly endless series of revisions: changing the drums and percussion, redoing the bass part, adding the introduction, editing the flute, etc., etc. At one point I thought I was done, but then I got my first Taylor guitar, and decided I just had to add a slide guitar part - it's subtle, but it's in there. I finally brought the song to Doug, and guess what? We redid drum parts, added percussion and edited stuff into the wee hours. Now, when I listen to "Nameless Parade", it’s always sort of a pleasant surprise, almost as if someone else composed and played it, instead of me.

LET THERE BE NIGHT – This was improvised in the studio; it’s based on a 8-bar loop of a chord progression I played on electric dulcimer.



Doug Robinson Pat Kirtley Robb Lawrence

Dennis Caplinger Scott Colby Tripp Sprague

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