Robin O' Acoustic Blues, Gospel and Original Music

"I thought I was back in the Mississippi Delta"--fan @ a recent concert 
"She plays a mean slide with a sweet spirit."--fan @ a recent concert

Robin O'Herin is a touring blues and gospel musician, specializing in historically rich, often interactive concerts that include original and traditional American music. Robin plays festivals, coffeehouses, & house concerts. Her concerts are warm, affirming experiences she shares with the audience. Let her take you on a journey of musical exploration through the Delta and Piedmont regions of the South. Song selections may include Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson and Robin's own original blues and fingerstyle ballads.

She is available for booking concerts, private parties, festivals, coffeehouses and farmer's markets, alone, in a duo with Rhythm tap artist, Stefanie Weber or trio configuration with Stefanie
and blues harp player, Andy Taylor.

Robin was a finalist in the 2013 Memphis Blues Challenge. She played in the Tropea Blues Festival in Trope Italy in September '06. She was the headlining act in the Resophonic Blues Festival in Pilzen, CZ. in '05. She opened for the Doobie Brothers in Pittsfield, MA. and for Vance Gilbert and Michael Powers in Sept 04. Her arrangement of "Old Country Rock" and her original "Everhopeful" were used in the soundtrack for the PBS "2005 Roadtrip Nations" Series (episode 4).
She was a Telluride Blues Finalist in 2009.

Robin has shared the stage with Paul Geremia, Andy Cohen and Roy Bookbinder. She is currently working on a new gospel CD and then hopes to jump right into a new blues and original CD. She teaches beginning delta and piedmont blues guitar and songwriting and partners with and to bring the power of music into the classroom and hospitals to reach children and teachers in new and innovative ways.

Professional acoustic blues and gospel musician since 2002. 

2016 Partnered with CATA 
2015 Tap & Blues @ NERFA 
2014 Partnered with The Pittsfield Music School Outreach Program with BcArc 
2014 Caffe Lena 
2014 Joe Davies Folk Festival 
2014 NERFA RI Showcase 
2014 WCUW 40 Year Member Appreciation Part 
2013 Boston Blues Challenge Finalist 
2013 The Driving Song played on NPR's Car Talk 
2013 Guitar Jam V: Anniversary The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, MA 
2013 ACMA Listening Room, Fort Meyers, FL 
2013 Caffe Lena, Saratoga Springs, NY 
2012 Tap & Blues with Stefanie Weber 
2012 RockOn! Band Camp Songwriting Instructor, Pittsfield MA 
2012 Caffe Lena Blues Festival, Saratoga Springs, NY 
2012 Partnered with Music In Common, Great Barrington, MA 
2011-Present 21st Century Grant After-school Program—Beginning blues guitar, songwriting, ukulele, goald setting Monument Mt. High School, Instrument Building at Monument Middle School, 
Great Barrington, MA 
2011 Guitar Jam III: Ladies Night Out @ The Colonial Theater, Pittsfield, MA 
2011- Present Partnered with 
2010-Present Partnered with 
2011 Old Songs Sampler Concert, Altamont, NY 
2010 FODFest @ The Colonial Theater, Pittsfield, MA 
2010 WCUW Front Room Concert Series, Worcester, MA 
2009 Telluride Acoustic Blues Challenge Finalist 
2008 The Guthrie Center, Housatonic, MA 
2007 Taunton River Folk Festival, Taunton, MA 
2007 Plymouth Blues and Folk Festival 
2007 Black Potatoe Festival, NJ 
2007 Opened for Paul Geremia 
2007 Opened for Davis Coen, Bridgeport, CT 
2006 Opened for Roy Bookbinder, Little Rock, AR 
2006 Tropea Blues Festival in Tropea, Italy 
2006 Memphis Blues Challenge finalist 
2005 Licensed two songs to PBS for the soundtrack of the 2005 Roadtrip Nation DVD series
(episodes 4 & 5) 
2005 Headline act for the WRA’s “Resophonic Blues Festival” in the Czech Republic 
2004 Opened for the Doobie Brothers, Pittsfield, MA 
2003 and 2005 Boston Blues Challenge Finalist 
2003-Present Teach songwriting, blues and jugband music at RockOn Band Camp, Pittsfield, MA 
2003 and 2005 Boston Blues Challenge Finalist 
2003 released "The Road Home" CD, holy blues 
2002 released "Red, White and Blues" CD, country blues, gospel and originals

2006-2009 UMass Amherst. Bachelors Degree in Integrated Arts In Education 
My field of study has enabled me to create a variety of Blues In The Schools Programs, as well as after-school programs and programs for people with special needs. 
Some of the programs I have written and performed in schools, libraries and community centers include: Rhythm & Roots (a program for young children exploring the roots of African rhythms); Blues and the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance ; Blues, Songwriting & Poetry;
and Tap & Blues (w/Rhythm Tap Artist Stefanie Weber). 
2010 I partnered with Raising The Blues and became their Western MA Director. The Mission of Raising the Blues is to bring music, instruments and instrument training to children who are sick, disabled and have special needs, in hospitals and schools. I have done hospital concerts, private lessons, and summer instrument building programs and music with the BRSD Special Needs Summer Program. 
2011 Partnered with Guitars In The Classroom. Their mission is to help teachers integrate music into curriculum through donating guitars and ukuleles, instrument training, and training in learning how to use songs to teach math, science, English and History, as well as classroom management. 
2014 I have partnered with The Pittsfield Music School’s outreach program, bringing concerts,
one-on-one singing with a variety of instruments, instrument building
and a ukulele class to the BcArc program in Berkshire County. 
2015 I have partnered with CATA teaching ukulele to adults with various disabilities

Growing up in the Sixties, she was probably the only kid in her neighborhood listening to such legendary blues artists as Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Blind Willie Johnson and Lightning Hopkins, among others. Her mother liked folk music, especially Joan Baez and Pete Seeger,
but she liked them allï--blues, folk and gospel.

She says, "I wore out my mother's Odetta records. My choices in music covered a wide spectrum. Leo Kottke and John Renbourne were my heroes. I found myself listening to and learning from a diversified group of musicians: everything from Phil Okes to the Staple Singers, Emmy Lou Harris to Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and Rory Block to Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. I learned to sing by making up harmonies and singing along with the albums. I especially loved the raw power and emotion of bottleneck blues. In August of 2001, I fulfilled a dream and spent a week at Blues Guitar Camp in California (International Guitar Seminars), with guitar greats Bob Brozman, Woody Mann and John Renbourne, to name just a few of the awesome guitarists who were there. We studied all day and jammed all night.
It's never too late to go to camp."

The first CD, Red, White and Blues is filled with original music, gospel and country blues. It was recorded at SubStation, a subsidiary of SoulTube Music in Housatonic, MA, owned and run by musician, Robby Baier. It is available online and locally in the Berkshires.

The 2nd CD, The Road Home, is filled with traditional and Appalachian gospel music as well as holy blues. It is a CD filled with roots music.
It was recorded at The Rotary Records in East Longmeadow, MA.

There was a time growing up when my parents actually paid me not to sing, not that my singing wasn’t great, but it was just that I would never stop. I still have not stopped singing and in the words of the great gospel song, His Eye Is On The Sparrow: “I sing because I’m happy, I sing because I’m free.”




photo by Thaddeus B. Kubis ©2002

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