MuzikMan Hannaleck Review
July 9, 2003
Robin OHerin is a homegrown down-to-earth talent. Home is
the Berkshires in a little town called Lee, located in western
Massachusetts. OHerin does the blues justice by covering
many of the styles the genus has gained popularity with over the
last 50-70 years (give or take a few), on her latest release Red,
White and Blues. The main style that reaches back to the roots
of the blues is the old country style. Everything you hear today
originated from those humble beginnings. The artist sings in sequence
with her strumming and picking blues guitar style beautifully.
The tones and hues of the music arrive at your ears gift wrapped
with love complimented by her strong and colorful vocals. The timing
of the music always follows in perfect accord to her voice, thus
the sounds become one force, like a river flowing out into the
ocean. Does this sound a bit too poignant and reflective for the
blues? Not really, it painted that kind of emotional landscape
in my minds eye. She sings and plays with such passion and
honesty; it comes through loud and clear in every song. I am firmly
convinced that whatever style of music this woman decided to play,
her love for her craft would be evident. The only shortcoming I
could find on this album was the longevity of her instrumentals.
They are so good that I was disappointed they ended so quickly.
Maybe next time out we can hear some more of those fine instrumentals,
and just a little longer Robin? This is a fine collection of blues
songs and the theme is eclectic, so if you happen to enjoy many
different styles of the genre you are in for a treat.
©²Keith ³MuzikMan² Hannaleck July 9, 2003