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Love & Heartache

by Gaylynn Robinson

Love & Heartache reveals a mastery of bedrock Texas music that is as good as it gets.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Barn Rock
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2. Concho To The Colorado
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3. It's A Girl's Night Out
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4. Keeper of The Flame
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5. You Left Your Memories
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6. Passing Thought
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7. Poor Girl
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8. Repeat Offender
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9. Call Back My Heart Texas Moon
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10. Whoa Whoa
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Fresh, bluesy, and passionately soulful country, Gaylynn Robinson‘s Love & Heartache is an all original 10 song variety pack of country, rock, boogie and swing. Each composition is masterfully crafted by Gaylynn and her vocals & style are authentic and unpretentious giving her a refreshing edge and a cultivated sound all her own. Grammy winner, Bobby Flores does a superb job with production of this project but even more incredibly, he is a virtuoso on guitars, fiddles and mandolin elevating Love & Heartache to a higher level of artistry and rewarding the listener with a pleasantly refreshing listening experience. Gaylynn’s vocals are passionately soulful and her storylines are poignantly noteworthy. The artistic collaboration of Robinson and Flores takes the form of flowing melodic notes that blend seamlessly into a distinctive and innovative sound that is effortless and uncontrived. In typical Robinson fashion, Love & Heartache draws on a variety of sounds. Whether it is the celebratory country boogie opener, ”Barn Rock”, the eerie countrypolitan ballad, ”Poor Girl” that showcases Flores’ impeccable mastery of Grammy Award winning string arrangements, or the swingin’ beats of ”Call Back My Heart Texas Moon” and ”Whoa Whoa”, Love & Heartache reveals a mastery of bedrock Texas music that is as good as it gets. The musicians on this album: Bobby Flores on guitars, fiddles and mandolin; Randy Reinhard on pedal steel and piano; Jim Loessberg on drums; Jake Hooker and Harlan Kubos on upright bass, demonstrate a collective viruousity but even more evident is the unmistakable sincerity of the entire effort. Gaylynn’s style is all her own heralding a vocal quality that can only be attributed to a singer who has honed her craft through time and experience. As a result, the music is both original and exuberant. Love & Heartache is pure unadulterated musical inspiration for the soul that you will want to play over and over again. It is indie music at its best!




October 26, 2009

(From Cashbox Magazine – J.D., Reviewer)
Gaylynn is one of those rare country talents that puts all she has into a song. With all the current major female talent out there this girl has it going and someone major should give her a listen. Ole J.D. thinks she’s better than most of the female talent currently on the Cashbox charts. She also wrote all of the songs and folks she’s one hell of a songwriter. Not a dud on the cd, now that’s real talent, not the Nashville cookie factory of songwriters but the real thing. J.D.'s favorites on the cd (Love & Heartache) are "Keeper of the Flame", "You Left Your Memories" and "Texas Moon". (Review Link: http://www.cashboxmagazine.com/reviews.htm)



October 09, 2008

(From On The Record... With Scott Sexton @ CountryMusic Report.com)

Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle, Connie Smith, Jean Shepard and countless other women have paved the way in order to make it possible for women in Country Music to have the chance to record the music that they choose fit. There is a name out there that many people have never heard of, and that is the most unfortunate thing. Gaylynn Robinson is a class act, who hails from the great state of Texas. Her culture shines through every song she sings, and opens up a whole new world of thoughts and ideas for her listeners to grasp. Upon listening to this record, it is easy to close your eyes and go to the places that she sings about. If there was ever an album made that told a full story of someone's life, this would be it. It is a mental motion picture that should be played on every Country radio station across the globe. This is a record that would stand up against anyone at the Grammy's, and would win hands down.

The first song is a catchy little tune called "Barn Rock." I am sure if you go to Texas, you will hear this playing at all of the Honky Tonks. It is Country and there is no denying it. If you are looking for a party tune, look no further. "Concho To The Colorado" is a personal favorite. It starts off with an amazing acoustic guitar and once Gaylynn starts singing, it is clear that this song should be a hit. It is a great love story and if you are familiar with soundtracks, this would be a perfect tune to go on any western film. There is no denying that this lady can sing, and painting a vocal picture is a natural talent.
If you are a fan of Western Swing, you get a nice flavor of it with "You Left Your Memories." Now, it is not hardcore Western Swing, there is just a nice blend of it and classic Country Music that will make you want to get up and do a two step. This is a cute tune about someone who has went through a breakup, but after dealing with all of the heartaches, she brushed herself off, gets up and throws his memories out the door. "Passing Thought" is perfect track that displays the questions that many people think when their relationship is coming to an end, but sometimes don't ask. The back ground music is classic. Every aspect of this record is great, and it shines through on every tune, especially "Poor Girl." This is a mix of County and Blues, and once again, tells a great story. In a way, it reminds me of "Ode To Billy Jo." Gaylynn really displays her range on this tune, as well as a different in musical styles.
"Repeat Offender" is a great song, but nothing compared to "Call Back My Heart Texas Moon." This is one of the greatest Western Swing songs ever. It has a Bob Wills flare, but Gaylynn has her own sound that can't be taken away. "Love & Heartache" was a perfect title for this album. Each song displays a wide range of subjects, but all relating to these topics. She wrote all ten tracks and the only thing wrong with this whole project is that there are not ten more songs to listen to. Check out her website at GaylynnRobinson.Com. With Christmas right around the corner, this would be a perfect stocking stuffer for all of your family who loves true Country Music.
Review link: http://www.countrymusicreport.com/ONTHERECORDII.htm



September 19, 2008

(From Bobby Koefer, Legendary Steel Player, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee As a member of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys;
International Steel Guitar Hall of Fame Inductee, http://www.leeswing88.se/koefer.htm)

"I receive CD's off and on from various artists, but none as special as this one from Gaylynn Robinson (Love & Heartache). This one really stands out for me. Gaylynn is very talented, has a great voice, and what a writer she is. Whether it's a country flavored ballad, Bobby Gentry style, western swing, or something with a Hispanic sound, she can do it all and do each style equally well. Bobby Flores' producing is always tops, and with the "cream of the crop" musicians on this project, what more could you ask? I am very impressed with it all, and anyone else will be also. Good luck, Gaylynn, you deserve it. Your friend and fan.



September 15, 2008

(From "Kuzin" Keith, Music Director - KRRM 94.7 FM, Grants Pass, Oregon)

Some artists are great vocalists who wrap themselves around a lyric and a melody, others are profound writers who coin phrases that glue themselves to your mind. Gaylynn Robinson is all of the above and more. Her new C.D. Love & Heartache arrived today and captured my ears & soul. Produced by the (nearly) legendary Bobby Flores, this disc of her ten well-crafted tunes takes us on an imaginative musical journey through the lands of swing, western, country, rockabilly, and folk. I've added five of these tunes to our play list today and be adding others in the days to come. I'm hungry for more, and look forward to her next release...SOON!



August 25, 2008

(From Cheryl Harvey Hill, CountryStarsOnline Senior Staff Journalist)

Life got you down? Kids driving you crazy? Overwhelmed by the hectic pace required to simply survive these days? Know all about love and had just too dang many heartaches? Looking for that miracle cure for whatever ails you? Well, look no further than the new album from Gaylynn Robinson; Love & Heartache.

Robinson wrote all ten tracks and, as with her previous album, she demonstrates that her incredible talent isn’t limited to singing. She is an innovative songwriter who has a knack for writing simple, yet profoundly impacting, lyrics that are so in sync with the music that you can’t help but feel them. She has also perfected the cornerstone of great country music; she excels at the “they are singing my life songs.”

Once again she delivers a nice balance of boot scootin’ toe tappers and easy glidin’ two steppin’ music. It is also clear that Robinson surrounds herself with only top-notch musicians so there are plenty of great instrumental riffs on this album that make it difficult to not get up and dance around the room. Just try to sit still on “Whoa, Whoa.” Go ahead, I dare you. You can’t. I guarantee it. This bluesy number is so amazing. Robinson delivers the lyrics with so much spunk and triple kudos to all the musicians on this album. Awesome. Simply awesome. Extra kudos to Bobby Flores, who not only did a fantastic job on the production, he definitely took it to another level with his guitar, fiddle, and mandolin playing.

Trying to select a favorite tune proved futile since I enjoyed them all but “Call Back My Heart Texas Moon” effortlessly transported me to a virtual honky tonk where Bob Wills fans would feel right at home and I admit it, I couldn’t stop hitting replay on “Whoa, Whoa.” On the other hand, “Keeper of the Flame” has this really great Tex-Mex melody and I loved the words. But then, “Repeat Offender” is such a great story song and there is also “Poor Girl” which is a kindred spirit to “Fancy,” one of the songs that secured Reba a spot on the Opry Stage; a place where Ms. Robinson would be right at home, by the way. Bottom line is that I’m confident there is something for everyone on this album.

In her previous album, Songs by a West Texas Songstress, Gaylynn Robinson did her native Texas proud and gave them plenty to brag about. With her newly released Love & Heartache, bragging rights are once again in order. The ten tracks on this album are a delightful musical prescription guaranteed to lift your spirits, sooth your soul, and will prove to be just what the doctor ordered. (Review Links: http://www.countrystarsonline.com http://www.countrystarsonline.com/CSO/reviewarchives/2008/GaylynnRobinson_CHH.htm )



July 24, 2008

(From Lillies Ohlsson, Music Journalist & Reviewer for Sweden's Kountry Korral & Smålands Country Club Magazines)

I am pretty sure that GAYLYNN ROBINSON´S new CD Love & Heartache will be nominated as "The Country Music Album of the Year"! The song Call Back My Heart Texas Moon has already found its way to radio stations playlists all over the world. The CD contains ten tracks, all songs written by Gaylynn Robinson. I am stuck on Keeper of the Flame, great lyrics, beautiful melody and Randy Reinhard´s steel guitar is just magnificent! Producer is the man in Blanco, Texas, BOBBY FLORES. I feel he has surpassed himself - the arrangements are just perfect!! I´ll kill myself and eat my dog if you don´t dig this CD!!! (Cool it *Raisa, don´t start howlin´ at the moon - I am quite positive folks will luv this record!!!) *Raisa Vajsa Minnelli is Lillies faithful companion and music critic and just happens to be an Iceland sheepdog (but don't tell her that)

ALSO, be sure to visit Lillies Western Swing at http://leeswing88.se and read his July 2008 "Artist Spotlight" interview with Gaylynn at http://leeswing88.se/spotlgt.htm



July 24, 2008

(From Joe Baker, BackfortyBunkhouse.com; KNMB/KWMW Radio, Ruidoso, New Mexico; CSWM - WSMSS - SWSMS Hall Of Fame)

Gaylynn Robinson's Love & Heartache Album is by far the finest country and western swing music to hit airwaves in years. Gaylynn not only has the perfect voice, her songwriting talents proves the two go hand in hand. Jim Loessberg, Randy Reinhard, Jake Hooker and Harlan Kubos team up with the top Texas producer Bobby Flores and the legendary record master Tommy Detamore make up the A-Team to compliment Robinson's Love & Heartache CD and has the makin's to become album of the year. Gaylynn Robinson's new Love & Heartache album will always have a place on The Backforty Bunkhouse Show. (Gaylynn is featured in Joe Baker’s August 2008 Newsletter #4)



July 07, 2008

(From Bad Bob Rohan, http://www.badbobrohan.com , Recording Artist, Songwriter & Buffalo Gals Cartoonist)

Gaylynn Robinson's Love & Heartache is nothing short of awesome! The songs are diverse, to the point, and embrace a number of styles, all while staying true to Gaylynn as a songwriter and singer.

I am glad Gaylynn chose an upright bass, especially with the likes of Jake Hooker and Harlan Kubos. It delivers a "hand done" acoustic bass that lends itself to Gaylynn’s acoustic guitar and songwriting style. I love the instrumentation. I am glad Gaylynn gave ample room for fiddle and steel leads. I was glad it wasn't all electric guitar. This album sounds so good with the instruments that Gaylynn chose! Having Bobby Flores on her side was smart and effective. Using Harlan Kubos (River Road Boys) on the swing number was genius. Bobby's string lines are blended very well. I knew he would give the best string lines since he is a fiddler himself. The drums are perfect for each song! Gaylynn’s songwriting is great. There is nothing more to say on that because Gaylynn has a track record of writing good songs. Not every song sounds the same. You still have that "Gaylynn" theme running through the album along with the different songs. Fantastic.

Congratulations of a job well done. Hard to pick a favorite since they are all collectively good.

Recently, I took a road trip that was over 5 hours and I took “Love & Heartache” along to listen to it while the miles melted away. I had already listened to it several times already, but I wanted to listen to it again and again to see if I would get tired of it. Nothing could be further from the truth! This album sounds better and better the MORE you listen to it! Gaylynn has developed a style of songwriting that anyone can listen to and say, "yes, that is a Gaylynn Robinson song!"

Be sure to check out all of Bad Bob’s Music at his website and especially the Bad Bob and Gaylynn duet of Gaylynn’s composition, “Can’t Get You Out of My Heart” found on Bad Bob’s CD, “Bad To The Bow”.


(From Bootsy Lester, Freddy Celis, ROOTSTIME, Belgium, http://www.rootstime.be )

September 27, 2008

Gaylynn Robinson is een countryzangeres uit Texas. Na ‘Songs By A West Texas Songstress’ uit 2006 is ‘Love & Heartache’ haar 2de album. Net zoals bij haar vorige album pende zij alle nummers zelf. Dit is tevens de kracht van dit album. Country hervalt maar al te vaak in clichés op tekstgebied. Zij probeert die kuilen te vermijden en slaagt er in om 10 sterke nummers te pennen voor dit nieuwe album. De muziek zelf is pure country met een (gebroken) hart gespeeld. De typische steelgitaar kon moeilijk ontbreken bij traditionele country. Gaylynn beschikt over een zeer aangename countrystem. De productie en de muzikale arrangementen kwamen van Bobby Flores. Deze Bobby is een producer en multi-instrumentalist die speelde bij Ray Price, Willie Nelson en Doug Sahm. Binnen de countrywereld is hij een zeer grote naam en won hij buiten diverse awards ook nog een grammy. Deze man tilt het album naar een hoger niveau dat het normale countryniveau overstijgt. Of het nu energieke country is zoals bij ‘Barn Rock’ en ‘It’s A Girl’s Night Out’, of eerder smartlappen zoals ‘Keeper Of The Flames’ en ‘Repeat Offender’, de muziek weet steeds te bekoren. Afsluiter ‘Whoa Whoa’ is zelfs op steelgitaar gespeelde blues. Op het naamkaartje dat bij de cd zat staat: Original & Traditional Country Music. Tussen het overaanbod van Texaanse country is dit het pure spul, 100% eigen werk van hoogstaand niveau. Het countrypubliek in ons landje is niet zo groot, en toch hebben er vele Johnny Cash en Emmylou Harris in hun cdrekje zitten. Met die artiesten is er niets verkeerd, maar er wordt ook nog knappe country gemaakt door independent artiesten zoals Gaylynn Robinson.


(From Max W. Achatz, COUNTRY JUKEBOX, Munich, Germany)

September 08, 2008

Auch auf ihrem zweiten Album, Love & Heartache, präsentiert sich GAYLYNN ROBINSON wieder einmal vielfältiger als viele ihrer Kolleginnen. Zudem klingt es insgesamt stimmiger und das hat seinen Grund. Während es sich bei dem vor zwei Jahren veröffentlichten Erstling Songs By A West Texas Songstress um ein Produkt aus verschiedenen Aufnahmesessions gehandelt hatte, ist der Nachfolger aus einem Guss. Als Produzent verantwortlich dafür zeichnet mit Bobby Flores ein bestens bekannter Mann, dessen Name bei Liebhabern der traditionellen Country Music nicht ohne Grund hoch im Kurs steht. Neben dem Multi-Talent Flores (guitar, fiddle, mandolin), der hier einmal mehr eine erstklassige Arbeit abgeliefert hat, holte sich die Texanerin mit Randy Reinhard (steel guitar, piano), Jim Loessberg (drums) und Jake Hooker (upright bass) weitere namhafte Unterstützung ins Studio. Die Country Welt sollte ihr zu Füßen liegen. Jawohl, großartige Sängerin, die sie ist. Gaylynn Robinson ist großes Kino für die Ohren, was hauptsächlich daran liegt, dass sie Ausstrahlung und Persönlichkeit besitzt. Das kann man bei den zehn von ihr selbst geschriebenen Songs hören, ja, fast fühlen. Eine unangepasste, markante Stimme, weit weg von dem was uns für gewöhnlich der Nashville-Mainstream diktieren möchte. Hier interpretiert sie eine abwechslungsreiche wie aufregende Mischung aus den verschiedenen Stilrichtungen für die die texanische Musik-Szene berühmt ist. Als echtes Texas Girl ließ sich Robinson nicht nur von Country, Western Swing und Big Band-Melodien inspirieren, sondern auch vom Folk, Blues, Tex/Mex, Rock ’n‘ Roll, Roots, Rhythm & Blues und Honky Tonk. Es ist wirklich verblüffend wie viel Seele und Groove in den Songs von Gaylynn Robinson stecken. In wirklich glänzender Manier erzählt sie ihre unaufgesetzten, ergreifenden Geschichten, in denen die Menschen und Orte im Lonestar-State im Mittelpunkt des Geschehens stehen. Ihre Kompositionen wirken heimatverbunden und bodenständig, aber auch innovativ und modern. Ehrlich und glaubwürdig sind sie zudem und das hat zu einem großen Teil auch mit ihrer Herkunft zu tun. Gaylynn lebt in Luling, Texas, einem kleinen Städtchen, rund 50 Meilen von Austin entfernt, das vor noch gar nicht so langer Zeit, damals als der Westen noch wild war, einmal als „The Toughest Town In Texas“ bekannt war. Das herrlich relaxte „Concho To The Colorado“, der großartige Story-Song „Repeat Offender“ und das mit seinem mexikanischen Flair verfeinerte „Keeper Of The Flame“ rechtfertigen schon den Kauf des Albums, von der wunderbar swingenden Single-Auskopplung „Call Back My Heart Texas Moon“ und dem nicht weniger gelungenen „Poor Girl“ mal ganz abgesehen. Love & Heartache überzeugt von der ersten bis zur letzten Minute Spaß, geht schnell ins Ohr und macht großen Appetit auf einen baldigen Nachschlag”. (Review Links: www.countryjukebox.de http://countryjukebox.de/pages/roundup.htm )



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Renee Montgomery

Sure, I'm Biased...
... but I AM a musician in my own right, and I'd like to think I know a thing or two about singing and songwriting. Yes, I'll admit I learned most of it sitting at GayLynn's feet listening to her croon for most of my life. But that is also why I know how GREAT this album truly is. Love & Heartache is the finest, most cohesive album to date for this amazing artist. The stars aligned in just the right way on this release, pulling together a serendipitous team of musicians and one rock-solid producer to mold and shape all these songs into a definitively classic swing style as warm and comforting as a West Texas sunset. Treat yourself. Buy this CD, and take yourself back to a simpler time when music told fascinating stories and made you dance all at the same time. Songwriting like this is rare and wonderful to find, indeed. And I'm not just saying that because we're related... honest!