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New album by Robinella, ‘Ode to Love,’ on the way

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Breaking news, local music lovers: Robinella (also known as Robin Ella Tipton Bailey, the chanteuse who used to front Robinella and the CCstringband) has a new album on the way (it’ll be out in “three months, max,” she told me this week), and when she performs at 8 p.m. Saturday in the Lambert Recital Hall at the Clayton Center for the Arts (502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway in Maryville), you’ll get to hear plenty of the material that will be on it.

It’s called “Ode to Love,” and the bulk of the songs were cut in Connecticut with jazz guitarist and producer Frank Vignola (who’s worked as a sideman to Madonna, Ringo Starr and Leon Redbone, among others). Save for a couple of covers (“Stardust” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”), the songs are original Robinella compositions, she said, and feature a number of guest stars.

“Technically, I think it’s my best album,” she said. “I recorded for two days in Connecticut, and Frank played on it, and then I took what I’d recorded back to Knoxville (to Scott Minor’s Wild Chorus Studio) and finished it with all my local friends.”

Those guests include dobro master Rob Ickes, jazz vocalist and string bassist Nicki Parrott, Blount County bluegrass phenom Jesse Gregory on mandolin, Blount County boy and Knoxville Jazz Orchestra bandleader Vance Thompson on trumpet, harmonica player Michael Crawley and the guys with whom she’ll perform on Saturday: bass player Taylor Coker, guitarist Mike Seal, drummer Nolan Nevels and keyboard player Justin Haynes, the latter two of whom perform with her in the R&B side project Pulse. She also performs a duet with Mike McQueen of the Blount County band HollowTree — “We’re hoping Quentin Tarantino’s going to need to pick it up for a soundtrack,” Robinella added with a laugh. “It’s a weird song called ‘My Crazy Love.’”

Admission to Saturday night’s show is $10; stay tuned for updates regarding a release show for “Ode to Love.”

Catching up with Hollowtree

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It’s been a minute since we caught up with Blount County band Hollowtreeback in 2008, to be exact. Front man Mike McQueen dropped me a line the other day and filled me in with what’s going on:

Just wanted to let you know that we’re playing every Wednesday at Brackins (Blues Bar, 112 E. Broadway Ave. in downtown Maryville) and we will be at the Waterfront (Bar and Grill, 404 Greenbelt Drive in Maryville) on Friday, March 5. Also I’m still keeping the Monday Night Acoustic Jam going. My friends from Murfreesboro will be playing at Brackins on Saturday, March 27. They are called The Incredible Heat Machine. We will be opening for them. And our lineup changed a little.

Mike McQueen — guitar, vocals

Javan Schiferl — bass

Adam Knable — guitar

Nick Spagnuolo — drums

Check out Hollowtree online.

Written by wildsmith

March 1st, 2010 at 9:09 am