robinella rules

This is who’s playing on the soundtrack of my life this week.

I wish I could say I knew this fabulous singer and her band. We both went to the same college — but then, so do about 25,000 other people every year. iTunes categorizes her disks alternately as “pop” and “country” but I’m not sure that’s at all helpful. Her band’s work shows jazz, blues, and folk rhythms, and the gospel influences are there as well. Her voice is creamy, lyrical, and makes the songs feel effortless.

I actually encountered Robinella on Harp magazine’s November 2006 Dualtone release where she does a great cover of Melanie Safka’s “Brand New Key,” also known as The Rollerskate Song, which I somehow missed as I was growing up. The other Robinella song on the Dualtone disk is the supergroovy “All I’ve Given,” and after I heard it, I went online for more. I listened to “I Fall in Love As Much As I Can,” and immediately thought of Katherine Whalen’s sultry swinging with the Squirrel Nut Zippers, another group I adored (and mourned as they went through their troubled years — although they may be on the comeback trail for 2007).

And there’s plenty more first-rate tunes where those came from. Robinella delivers the goods.

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