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Walkin' Down The Line

by rick robbins

Traditional, modern and classic folk.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. walkin' down the line
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2. handsome molly
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3. tramp on the street
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4. diamond joe
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5. yankee clipper
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6. low & lonely
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7. desperados waiting for a train
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8. buffalo skinners
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9. those brown eyes
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10. the highway man
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11. hobo's lullaby
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12. east texas red
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Album Notes
One day in 1995 Rick was trading his construction skills on a music studio for renowned sound engineer, Ron Bach,in exchange for some recording time to preserve a few treasured folk songs for his family when award- winning blues woman, Rory Block, happened to be listening in and loved what she heard. She added a few vocals of her own and urged Rick to record a whole album. Making it all happen took over two years, and in 97' Rick was back into the music with the release of his first CD "Walkin' Down The Line". The album is produced by Rory Block, and features guest appearances by Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, John Sebastian, Eric Weissberg, Larry Campbell and Rory Block.

Dirty Linen The magazine of folk and world music April/May issue 1999
Rick Robbins Walkin' Down The Line (ROBBINS RR00197 (1997)

Most musicians would die for this; a debu recording that features Arlo Guthrie, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, John Sebastian and Eric Weissberg. Robbins doesn't let his company down. That is due in no small part to his ability. Assured and talented, the album is like a well-worn baseball glove.Years of seasoning make it all worthwhile. Forsaking music professionally in 1978 to hone his carpentry skills, he was persuaded by Rory Block ( who also produced) to record. In theTom Russell vain, Walkin'Down The Line highlights a treasury of traditional material that Robbins adapted, as well as fine renditions of Guy Clark, Jimmy Web, and Bob Dylan songs. "Hobo's Lullaby" and " Handsome Molly" alone are well worth the price of admission.One only wishes that he had put down his hammer and nails earlier.

THE BEAT Berkshire Eagle Rick Robbins' Return
(WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., Nov. 21, 1997) -- There aren't many relative unknowns who could hold their own on an album's worth of songs alongside the likes of Rory Block, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, John Sebastian, Eric Weissberg and Larry Campbell. But the Berkshires' own Rick Robbins pulls off the seemingly impossible feat on his new CD, his long-overdue, first full-length recording, "Walkin' Down the Line."
What allows singer/guitarist Robbins to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with veteran vocalists and instrumentalists like Block, Elliott and Weissberg is his obviously deep and abiding commitment to the material.
About half of the songs on the CD are traditional folk tunes and half are modern songs by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Guy Clark and Bob Dylan. Robbins' gritty voice delivers chestnuts like "Handsome Molly" and "Yankee Clipper" with the authority of lifelong familiarity. He credits his longstanding friendship with Arlo Guthrie, clinched when the two met as students at the Stockbridge School in Interlaken in 1962, as a major influence on his appreciation of singers like Woody Guthrie, Cisco Houston and Sonny Terry.
On "Walkin' Down the Line," Robbins' vocals and guitar are accompanied by those of Rory Block on most tracks, with occasional mandolin, dobro and fiddle supplied by Weissberg and Campell and harmonica by John Sebastian. Elliott duets with Robbins on Clark's "Desperados Waiting For a Train," and Guthrie -- with whom Robbins performed in the early- to mid-'60s -- contributes guitar and vocals on a great old Roy Acuff song "Low and Lonely."

From some reviews:

"Walkin ' Down The Line" has had extensive radio air play all over the country, and was number 10 on the Top Albums and Songs for April 1998 ( Compiled by Richard Gillmann from FOLKDJ-L radio play lists).

"Robbins' gritty voice delivers chestnuts like " Handsome Molly" and " Yankee Clipper" with the authority of lifelong familiarity "......" What allows singer / guitarist Robbins to stand shoulder -to-shoulder with veteran vocalists and instrumentalists like Block,Elliott, and Weissberg is his obviously deep and abiding commitment to the material".
The Berkshire Eagle . . . . . . . .

"Walkin' Down The Line"
Combine Cisco Houston / David Mallett / Arlo Guthrie into one singer....
Combine Doc Watson / Dick Rosmini / Pete Seeger into one picker....
You got Rick Robbins !! Back up Vocals by Rory Block and you got one dynamite recording !
My vote for one of the best of the decade. Sorry I didn't find it sooner !! DAMN !!
Needless to say I got no financial interest in this recording ! Wish I had!
David Weide Producer and host of Mostly Folk(West) KUNV 91.5 ( November 4th 1999 )



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