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andy robinson news dec 04

Updated 12-31-2005

  Andy Robinson's Exotic America Named Top Ten Debut Album of 2004

Andy 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".

  "After 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 proceeds from the CD sales will be donated to the oncology department of San Diego Children's Hospital.  Other artists who contributed to this project include Doyle Dykes, Albert Lee, Pat Kirtley and D.R. Auten. For details on ordering the CD, go to:  http://www.cairneyhill.com

    Andy Robinson Named Artist of the Week

Andy Robinson has been named Artist of the Week at VS 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 use Roland 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.  

    Exotic America Sound Clips Now Available on CD Baby

Check out the new Andy Robinson page at CD Baby!  This page features 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 Baby page.

   Andy Robinson's Exotic America Receives First Published Review

Read the first published 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!

   Exotic America Gets Reviewed in Folknik

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!

   Exotic America CD Receives Airplay in Hawaii

Manao Radio, 91.5 FM, became 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, so feel free to listen in and send email requests for your favorite songs from Exotic America and The Andy Robinson Band!  Tip for AOL subscribers: use your Internet Explorer browser for best Manao Radio streaming.  This is truly an awesome station!

   Andy Robinson's Song Receives National Airplay on NPR

"My First Car" from The Questionaires album was played recently on NPR's hilarious "Car Talk" show.  Richard Matthew in Skull Valley, AZ, was 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.

   New Recording Project with Connie Allen

Andy has started a new recording project, producing and engineering an album by noted songwriter/dulcimer player, Connie Allen.  Connie is currently performing in historical Old Town, and her 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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