Robin Henkel | Slippery Like a Watermelon Seed

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Slippery Like a Watermelon Seed

by Robin Henkel

Acoustic blues performed on slide guitar, lap steel and standard guitar drawing from the rich tradition of American country blues artists such as Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Muddy Waters and Skip James occasionally sneaking in a touch of jazz and funk.
Genre: Blues: Slide Guitar Blues
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1. Highway
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2. Take Me for a Ride in Your Mustang Rita
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3. Bongoman Camping Adventure
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4. Mortero Road
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5. Slippery
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6. Argentina
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7. Everybody's Pissed
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8. You'll Never Know
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9. If I Was a Truck
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10. Busker's Bounce
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11. Egg
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12. Elmore
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13. Blues Waltz
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Album Notes
Robin Henkel--three time winner "Best Blues" at the San Diego Music Awards--performs the country blues of Mississippi. Drawing from the rich traditions of blues music and the styles of Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell and Elmore James, Robin has moulded his own intense and entertaining personal style. A professional musician since 1973, Robin's finger picking slide guitar style is rhythmic and driving.

Robin has opened shows for Dizzy Gillespie, BB King, Bonnie Raitt, Dr John, John Hammond, John McLaughlin, Hot Tuna, Jr Wells, Jr Walker, Charles Brown, Don McLean and Arlo Guthrie.

Robin has performed on shows with Jimmy Witherspoon, Lowell Fulson, Johnny Almond, San Diego Symphony, Papa John Creach, Sha Na Na and Big J McNeely.

A great feature of Robin's live shows are the history lessons, stories and anecdotes about the music.

Various quotes from print media.

Robin Henkel is a futurist and a historian.

-LA Times

Henkel is already playing a shuffle that is neither slow nor fast--a strut, and it is extremely seductive ...Henkel proceeds to play a fast jump progression, much like one of Robert Johnson's fiery paced songs. As with Johnson, it is hard to imagine, if you close your eyes, that there is only one guitarist at work. You can almost hear the scratches on the 78.

-San Diego Reader

Robin's live shows are nothing short of inspirational. There is something genuinely raw, base and animalistic about his gut-wrenching, honest music.

-360 Degrees

Robin Henkel promises nothing, if not a surprise here and there. This is just the way the San Diego native is. He wants to shake things up, so expect the unexpected. As a guitar player, Robin can play blues, jazz, funk, country swing, Hawaiian and Latin music. He borrows from each of those styles when he performs and sometimes even surprises himself with the musical direction his songs take. "I like playing music", he says. It just feels good. Henkel's strength is when he picks up that sawed-off pipe fitting and puts it on his baby finger and then lays it on the strings of a resonator or Dobro. All of a sudden the awkward kid from Serra Mesa is transformed into the man in the corner at the Delta house party who commands everyones attention. When Robin plays slide guitar, he steels the show. You probably haven't seen anything like this for years and you may not see it again anytime soon.

-Mike Kinsman, San Diego Union Tribune



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