I’ve been planning to start posting some record reviews and other news, but “The best laid plans. . .” go their own way. In lieu of those, I’m starting what I hope can be a regular feature, “HA’pennings”: brief notes on recordings and other items that cross the broadcast board. Listeners will note that I have mentioned some on the show, sometimes more than once.
♦ Kim Robins, 40 Years Late, (Forty Years Late Music), 2012. Kim was at her own booth in the Trade Show at the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh. I traded a card for a copy of this CD, and am glad I did. Kim is a strong singer and a darned good songwriter. She grew up in a musical family, playing with her dad’s country band from the age of 5, got derailed from a musical career when “life happened,” and finally got back to it at age 40 (hence the title song). Kim is backed up by some fine studio pickers, including the always-amazing Michael Cleveland, and a true banjo master prominent a few years ago, Butch Robins (to whom Kim was married briefly; Forty Years Late is also the title of a Butch Robins album!). Kim cites Bill Monroe and Connie Smith as her childhood influences, and you can hear both in this excellent collection of mostly original songs: It’s really “Country music, bluegrass style,” as we say on HAH. Go to www.kimrobins.com where I found this autobiographical video: