Friday, February 15, 2013

Interview with Kim Robins

Interview with Kim Robins

Lamitschka:  Music has many new fans throughout Europe who may be hearing about you for the first time. How would you describe yourself and the music you play to someone who has never seen or heard you?  

Kim Robins: First, I would like to thank you for taking the time to interview me.  I appreciate it very much.

I would describe myself as someone who was born to perform but life got in the way and I was not able to do that for many years.  I am someone who values each and every opportunity and really feels at home and happy when on stage.  I am a mixture of progressive and traditional bluegrass, country and blues.  I love all music and I incorporate all of my influences into the songs I write and into the songs I sing on stage.  Because I have lived the songs I wrote, I sing with a high level of emotion at all times. My band each has their own talents as well.  They are not only excellent musicians but they sing, write and they bring an added value to the show. 

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name? 

Kim Robins: The CD is named after the song and title track 40 Years Late.  It represents my journey as a child musician who had a dream to one day make it big but "life happened" and I got lost along the way. I raised my beautiful daughter, went to college and now am finding my way back into music some 40 Years after I started.  There is a hint of my years in sales in the line "And Years Out On The Highway."  Driving alone really gave me time to think about my future and I finished writing some of my songs while driving for long hours. It also speaks of growing up watching my dad sit around and play constantly and how he influenced me to want to perform. 
In the 70's my ex-husband, Butch Robins had an album out titled Forty Years Late and this seemed like the most appropriate name for my CD since it totally defined my life. Of course, I have Butch's permission to use this name and he played banjo on the CD. 


Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc). 

Kim Robins: For me, the songs are all about having a dream.  Whether it be a dream about performing music again or a dream about a man who is unavailable or a dream about the man I am with.  They are songs about heartbreak in all forms and love in its truest form even though it may not be meant to be. They are also very personal at the same time because I lived every single line in the songs. 
I wrote 7 of the songs on the CD including Cry, If You Lived Here, 40 Years Late, Another Place In Time, Heartache and Regret, I Want To Know and So Long.  I also included 1 song (Can't You Hear Me Calling) from my bluegrass hero, Bill Monroe and 1 song (I've Got My Baby On My Mind) from my country music hero, Connie Smith.  Born to Roam is the first cut.  It was written by Keith Tew.  I met Keith when I was married to Butch.  He was playing guitar for Sam Jackson and The Jackson Gang. I have always loved that song and I have performed it around my area for awhile now.  It always gets a  good response so we decided to include it on the album. I also included a song called It's Me Again which was written by Jerry Salley and a good friend of mine, Sheila Stephen.  The 5th cover song is a remake of the Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner hit The Last Thing on My Mind and I sing that with friend Jeff Guernsey, former fiddle player for Vince Gill.   There is a bonus track of What A Friend We Have in Jesus/Shuckin The Corn in which my dad plays guitar and Butch Robins plays banjo.  This song was kept the way it was recorded that day without any EQ and raw as if they were just jamming.  My father was just diagnosed with heart disease so this is a real special track for me. 


Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it?  

Kim Robins:The 2nd cut Cry is my favorite song.  Bill Monroe once said "this song is about a true story but that story don't need to be told."  Cry is fairly self explanatory and is a true story but I wish to keep the details of that and the parties involved private out of respect for the families.  Forty Years Late is also my favorite. It truly is the story of my life as told in a 4 minute song. In a nutshell, I grew up singing with my fathers band, stopped singing when I was 19 to raise my daughter, put myself through college, obtained 2 degrees, worked as a nurse/sales rep for the last 20 years and now am finding my way back to music.  I feel as if I have come full circle and I am enjoy the best time of my life right now. I also really love Another Place in Time.  I think it has a catchy melody and it shows my growth as a songwriter compared to the first few songs I wrote. It is the story of meeting the man who would eventually put me on the path of writing songs. 


Lamitschka:  Who inspires you musically and how deep do your musical roots run? 

Kim Robins: My father is my biggest inspiration. He ran a band in the Southern Indiana area for several years and introduced me to all forms of music.  I started singing professionally at 5 years old and was opening for Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, Barbara Mandrell and many others by the time I was 8.  We sat around constantly singing, jamming and just discussing music.  I was influenced in those younger years by Buck Owens, Connie Smith, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, The Osborne Brothers, Ray Price, etc.  You name it and we listened to it.  My father also loved big band music so I listened to Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller as well growing up. As a teenager, I got more into blues and rock which has also influenced me in many ways.  Stevie Ray Vaughan and AC/DC were favorites in my teenage years.  I also cannot forget that I was the biggest Rick Springfield fan and still am today. 


Lamitschka:  What was your big break that got you into the music business?  

Kim Robins: As a child, my big break came when I auditioned for a new venue that was being built called Little Nashville Opry in Nashville, Indiana.  I was about 7 at the time and the judges had heard all kinds of acts that day.  I got up and sang You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man and the crowd went wild.  I remember the owner of the restaurant picking me up and asking what I wanted to eat.  He said "you can have anything you want."  Of course, I wanted a cheeseburger and fries.  I was considered the first and youngest member of The Little Nashville Opry.  The MC on those shows was a DJ named Lee Shannon.  He really loved me and my family and he scheduled me all over the country opening for big acts.  I owe him a lot and wish I knew where he was today.  
I would have to say being married to Butch Robins definitely ignited my desire once again to perform after many years. I was exposed to many artists and met many people while we were married. I begin singing back-up with Misty Stevens and Reminisce Road in 2010 and was fortunate enough to open for Jr. Sisk and perform at SPBGMA, The Folk Alliance and many other venues. Working with Misty opened many doors and introduced to many people in the industry. It also gave me the desire to want to front my own show rather than singing backup. I left Misty's band in late 2011 to pursue my own band and to finish my CD. 


Lamitschka:  What inspired you to become a songwriter? 

Kim Robins: I had never written a "real" song until 2007 and I didn't really think I had the talent to ever write one.  I did write a song when I was a child called My Mama Said I Got No Tune but it probably would not win any major awards today. I had been recently divorced from Butch Robins and I met a man at a festival who I thought I would eventually marry.  That relationship did not work out but meeting him opened up so many feelings of emotion that I just one day sat down and started writing.  Songwriting does not come easy for me as I do not just constantly have an idea.  Sometimes I wake up out of a deep sleep with a song in my head or I am driving along and a line hits me but then, I can go for months without another idea. The first song I ever wrote is on this CD.  I Want To Know was a song that I woke up with in the middle of the night.  I tried to go back to sleep because I didn't know what was happening but I finally got up and the song came in about 30 minutes. I consider that song sent from God and the beginning of my writing career. 

Lamitschka:  What's unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?  



Kim Robins: I have a very powerful and loud voice that is highly influenced by my country music background. It is often times rare to hear a female with such a powerful voice.  I have had many sound men get a surprise when I sang with Misty Stevens.  She had a very soft voice then I would step up to do a couple songs and nearly blow the sound man away.  I always try to warn them now:)  Also, the songs I sing especially, the ones that I have written are all very personal to me because I lived them.  I sing with the emotion that I am currently going through a situation even if it had been years ago.  I think the audience will relate to the songs because they are about issues we all faced at one time or another.  


Lamitschka:  What can your fans expect to see when they see you in concert? 

Kim Robins: They can expect to see a well thought out show with high energy, great vocals and a lot of emotion. You will see individuals who really love the music and it shows each time they take the stage.  Our wish is to leave the crowd entertained and to put on a show that the fans will remember for a very long time.  We do a mixture of cover bluegrass songs, both traditional and progressive that most people who follow bluegrass will recognize and we have many originals, instrumentals,  and we always do a couple of gospel songs as well. 


Lamitschka:  Many music fans today get their information about artists online. Do you have your own website and what will fans find there?  

Kim Robins: 
Yes, my website is www.kimrobins.com  There are many pictures on the site of myself and the artist I have opened up for over the years. There is a video of my life as told through the song 40 Years Late, and they can keep up on the most current news and where the band is playing as well as purchase a copy of my debut CD.  I am planning to have a blog up in the next few weeks as well. 

Lamitschka:  What message would you like to send your European fans? 

Kim Robins: I find it an honor to be accepted in Europe and I hope one day to meet the fans and to tour all around the world.  Music is the one thing that brings us all together and I appreciate you all so much. Please contact me on Facebook, My Space, Twitter (40yearsL8) or through my website as I would love to get to know each and every one of you. 

Christian Lamitschka

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