CD Robinella & the CC String Band [2003] (CD 975414),
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Robinella & the CC String Band [2003]

  • 1. Man Over
    2. Tennessee Saturday Night
    3. Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down
    4. Mornin' Dove
    5. Honey Honey Bee
    6. Always the Same, Always the Best
    7. Hold to God's Unchanging Hand
    8. Mistakes
    9. Candy Coated Valentine
    10. Marie Laveau
    11. No Saint, No Prize
    12. Solitude
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 87102

  • Credits
    ProducerCruz Contreras; Russ Titelman
    EngineerMichael O'Reilly

    Robinella & The CC Stringband: Robin Ella Contreras (vocals, acoustic guitar); Steve Kovalchek (electric guitar); Cruz Contreras (mandolin); Billy Contreras (fiddle); Taylor Coker (upright bass).
    Recorded at Bearsville Studios, Bearsville, New York.
    Personnel: Robinella Contreras (vocals, acoustic guitar); Cruz Contreras (mandolin); Billy Contreras (fiddle); Taylor Coker (upright bass).
    Audio Mixer: Russ Titelman.
    Recording information: Bearsville Sound Studios, Bearsville, NY; Right Track Studios, New York, NY.
    Illustrator: Robinella Contreras.
    Photographer: Josh Kessler.
    Robinella & the CC String Band's self-titled first outing on Columbia travels with a grace and quiet confidence that parallels that of Alison Krauss & Union Station. Led by Robinella Contreras' effortless vocals, the band runs through some cleverly constructed tunes, like the lovely yet dark opener "Man Over" and the fluid "Mornin' Dove," both penned by Contreras, as well as a really nice reading of the Duke Ellington classic "Solitude." Electric guitarist Steve Kovalcheck and fiddler Billy Contreras' fantastic musical interplay is immediately apparent, arranged wonderfully, and threaded through the entirety of the album's lovely and comfortable Sunday afternoon feel alongside Cruz Contreras' superb mandolin and the pulsating time-clock of Taylor Coker's double bass. The group seamlessly references the languages of jazz, blues, pop, and bluegrass with a rare and impressive musicianship that comes across as a band having a great time playing together, which, of course, makes Robinella & the CC String Band a fun album to listen to. ~ Gregory McIntosh

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