andy robinson news dec 04
Robinson's Exotic America Named Top Ten Debut Album of 2004
Robinson's Exotic America was featured in the December 21 issue of the
San Diego Union Tribune as one of the top ten debut albums of
2004! Pop music critic George Varga included Andy's first solo
album with major label releases by groups such as English art-rockers
The Futureheads, and notable "indie" releases such as albums by
jazz/blues vocalist Pyeng Threadgill, and Amp Fiddler (George Clinton,
Prince, Ramsey Lewis). Varga
characterizes the music on Exotic America as "a seamless blend of
Western and Eastern folk stylings rich in warmth and charm, but happily
bereft of affectation".
the Fires" Included on a Benefit CD for Tom Boyer
"After the Fires" (from Exotic America) was
included on A
New Day, a benefit CD for Tom Boyer, a San Diego fingerstyle guitarist
recently diagnosed with throat cancer. All
from the CD sales will be donated to the oncology department of San
Hospital. Other artists who contributed to this project include
Dykes, Albert Lee, Pat Kirtley and D.R. Auten. For
details on ordering the CD, go to: http://www.cairneyhill.com.
Named Artist of the Week
Andy Robinson has been named Artist of the Week
Planet Radio, an
Internet radio station sponsored by Roland musical instruments.
All this week (starting November 1) they will be playing cuts from
Andy's latest CD, Exotic
America. The station features music by independent artists who
recording gear. To tune in, go to VS Planet Radio,
download the free player, then check the "Broadcast Schedule" to see
when Andy's music will be broadcast.
America Sound Clips
Now Available on CD Baby
Check out the new
Andy Robinson page at CD
2-minute clips from every song on Exotic America - a great way
to get a feel for the album. Those of you who've already purchased
Exotic America can post your own review of the CD on the CD
America Receives First Published Review
Read the first
review of Exotic America at Kronosonic,
a very cool
site featuring innovative players of stringed instruments.
Here's a sample: "Andy has struck a remarkable balance – fans of pop
will love the hooks and compelling melodies and the more adventurous of
us will appreciate the multiplicity of colors, timbres, and oddities in
the mix – a solid 'A' effort". Check the REVIEWS
page for more excerpts, or get the whole enchilada at Kronosonic!
America Gets Reviewed
Read the SECOND
published review, this one by Kathryn
LaMar in "Folknik",
a newsletter of the San Francisco Folk Music
Club (see the November/December 2004 issue - coming out shortly).
Excerpts available on the REVIEWS
page. Here is a snippet: "This is an incredibly fun,
upbeat, infectiously optimistic-feeling
CD….To me, each piece is a tone poem, evoking images. My personal
favorite, 'Children’s Games', evoked images of elephants proceeding
majestically along." Go, Kathryn!
America CD Receives Airplay in Hawaii
Manao Radio, 91.5
the first radio station to play cuts from Exotic America when Andy did
a live in-studio interview there in September of last year. Manao
Radio is a listener supported station on the beautiful island of
Maui. In addition to being a "terrestrial"
station, Manao also streams live on the web, at www.manaoradio.com,
feel free to listen in and send email requests for your favorite songs
from Exotic America and The Andy Robinson Band! Tip for AOL
your Internet Explorer browser for best
Manao Radio streaming. This is truly an awesome station!
Robinson's Song Receives National Airplay on NPR
"My First Car"
from The Questionaires album was played
hilarious "Car Talk" show. Richard Matthew in Skull Valley, AZ,
the first person we know who heard it. We also heard from Mike
Anderson in Illinois, Sharon Roberts in Longview, TX, Chris Stoddard
in Knoxville, TN, and Judy Belland in Easton, PA.
Project with Connie Allen
Andy has started a
new recording project, producing and
album by noted songwriter/dulcimer player, Connie Allen. Connie
is currently performing in historical Old Town, and
new album will feature many of her original songs
about the people and events in the bygone days of San Diego. More
information on Connie Allen can be found at www.billandconniemusic.com.
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