Nell Robinson | On the Brooklyn Road

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On the Brooklyn Road

by Nell Robinson

One of the most "utterly charming," "freshest voices" in roots music, likened to early Emmylou Harris and Hazel Dickens, Nell's vocals range from haunting & melodic to soulful & spare, her original songwriting evokes a bygone era. *Includes 1930s stories.
Genre: Country: Americana
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1. Swamp-talk (Feat. Uncle Marc)
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2. Woe is Me
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3. Mayflies
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4. Red Clay Creek
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5. Babysitter (Feat. Uncle Bill & Mom)
0:54 album only
6. Don't Light My Fire
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7. I'm Brilliant
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8. The Sharpest Knife (Feat. Mom & Uncle Bill)
0:35 album only
9. Wahatchee
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10. I'm a Honky Tonk Girl
2:33 $0.99
11. Poker Game (Feat. Uncle Bill & Mom)
1:22 album only
12. I Saw the Light
2:48 $0.99
13. Can't Help Falling in Love with You
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14. Radio Reception (Feat. Uncle Marc)
0:56 album only
15. Turn Your Radio On
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16. The Last Old Shovel
2:27 $0.99
17. Grown Man Cry (Feat. Uncle Marc)
3:02 album only
18. Sweet Sunny South
3:53 $0.99
19. Crawdad Song (Feat. The Henriettas)
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20. Big Ball in Texas (Feat. The Henriettas)
1:22 $0.99
21. Directions (Feat. Uncle Marc)
1:27 album only
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Album Notes

Berkeley, CA – Bluegrass singer-songwriter Nell Robinson proudly announces the upcoming release of her sophomore
CD, "Nell Robinson On the Brooklyn Road" on July 19, 2011. After her debut album Loango charted in bluegrass and Americana in 2010, Nell Robinson was named one of the most "utterly charming," "freshest voices" in roots music, and likened to early Emmylou Harris and Hazel Dickens. With "On The Brooklyn Road", titled after the red clay dirt road that led to her family’s farm in rural Alabama, Nell returns with more of her original compositions.

On her second album, Robinson musically collaborates and performs with a veritable "Who's Who" of renowned bluegrass icons including: Jim Nunally, Laurie Lewis, John Reischman, Chad Manning, Keith Little and Rob Ickes, among many others. "On the Brooklyn Road" includes serious tales of death, heartbreak and affectionate storytelling of family traditions. The tunes are lled with warmth, sweetness, humor and simple elegance.

There is a timelessness and deftness to Nell Robinson's original song-writing style. She evokes a by-gone era mixed with a modern twist to her lyrics. This is evidenced by the Cajun- avored song about temptation “Don’t Light My Fire” to her co-write with Laurie Lewis, "Wahatchee" to “I’m Brilliant" about the denial of alcoholism. Nell's vocal skills range from haunting and melodic to soulful and spare.

On the Brooklyn Road was produced by Nell and by Jim Nunally, who also adds splendid harmonies that complement Robinson’s warm clear-as-a-bell lead vocals. Just listen to their chemistry on Richard Brandenburg’s tender ballad “May ies, ” a highlight of the album. The album’s songs are interspersed with field recordings of stories by her mother and uncles about an innocent time long since passed. Nell sings in the name of her late grandmother and as a way to honor her Southern ancestry.

The CD closes almost like a Southern revival with “Last Old Shovel” and “Sweet Sunny South”. As on Nell’s first album Loango, there are 2 bonus tracks by The Henriettas, which is her and Cary Sheldon’s tribute to the 1930’s sister act, the DeZurik Sisters. Their funny and intricate yodeling style has to be heard to be believed.

In Nell Robinson's liner notes she writes "Story-telling is a Southern pastime and some of the stories I know are best told like they happened yesterday, even though they are 150 years old. They foster this deep connection to people and place, so much that sometimes I miss a past that I wasn't even present for. The family recordings and songs, mine and others, in this album are my way of breathing those memories into life today." Let Nell Robinson breathe her nostalgic memories, stories and songs into your ear with the eloquent sounds of On the Brooklyn Road!

Release date: July 19, 2011
Recommended song tracks: May ies, Last Old Shovel, Wahatchee and Don't Light My Fire
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