by Ken Mowery - Ambient Dream
"Acoustic Blues and Gospel" is a simple
moniker that brings to mind traditional values and perhaps more
significantly it brings to mind a style of living slightly removed
from the chaos of contemporary urban existence.
Indeed, the fingerstyle guitar work and the soulful singing of
Robin O'Herin has the remarkably transcendent quality that enables
listeners to rise above the cares of the world and exist, if only
for a moment, in the perfectly ordered realm of the "Blues".
O'Herin, like all great blues singers, touches us at the core of
our being. Through her words, her playing, and the artfully
elongated blues notes that she sings, O'Herin speaks a language
we all know and understand. She strikes us right where we
live and miraculously, perhaps angelically, takes us to a better
Part of O'Herin's magic comes from the fact that her music is steeped
in musical, cultural and national history and tradition. Her
music has mostly been shaped by contemporary blues and folk masters
like Leadbelly, Mississippi John Hurt, Bessie Smith, Blind
Willie Johnson, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger, Leo Kottke.
As you read her responses to the CreatorsWeb interview questions
below you will see that O'Herin appreciates the richness of her
musical and cultural heritage and considers herself on mission
to preserve that history through her performances.
Read the entire review and interview here: http://www.creatorsweb.com/robinoherin.htm