8/30/2013 3:00:00 PM Robin Dean Salmon wears heart on sleeve on new CD 'Blackbird'
The Robin Dean Salmon Band will perform selections from his new CD, Blackbird, Sept. 13, 9 p.m., at Cottonwood’s Main Stage, 1 S. Main St. Opening for the Robin Deal Salmon Band will be the Christopher Robin Band.
Robin Dean Salmon's Blackbird already has developed a strong following in The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. It’s due to be released in the United States Sept. 13.
Any song-writer will tell you, you never know where the inspiration for the next song will come from.
For Robin Dean Salmon, lately it's come from within. From this roller-coaster ride we call life.
That's readily apparent from the 16-song collection offered on Salmon's newest CD, Blackbird, which already has developed a strong following in The Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. It's due to be released in the United States Sept. 13.
Salmon should be the poster boy for the Americana-Roots music movement that can only be described as real and honest music. He's as real and honest as he can be on Blackbird.
It's been five years since Salmon's last record, the longest stretch between albums in his three-decade career. During that time, he's lived in two different countries, three different states and in his own words has experienced "the lowest point of life to the highest and that's where the tunes come from."
Salmon is not afraid to wear his heart on his sleeve on this record. He sings about failure, heartache, inner demons, soul searching and hitting bottom. But there is also a recurring theme of hope, redemption and salvation, a light at the end of a dark tunnel and a place where the Blackbird can land in peace.
"I get lost in that song," Salmon says of the disc's title track. "There is such a dream quality to it."
In "Old Bones," Salmon admits to wanting to bury parts of his past, but "those old bones won't die."
"It's a dark tune," he admits, "but we all have those old bones and you can't bury them."
But this album is hardly a journey down the dark side of life. Two of the songs are tributes to his wife, Nicole. He wants to be her "Superman ... I wanna be the best man I can. Stand up strong when you need me most. And when I die I'll be your ghost."
That same kind of joy for life can be heard in "Angel on My Side" and his inner triumph over evil is masterfully displayed in "Devil Inside."
This disc is also fun. He laments about his Jeep breaking down in the Painted Desert and finding an honest mechanic in Winslow ... honest, but not necessarily competent.
And talk about an absolute hoot: "That Over There" has all the country-anthem qualities of Garth Brooks' "Friends in Low Places." Robin Dean takes the listener on a travelogue of his own personal life journey and his quandary about the grass always being greener and the beer always colder ... until you hit that next bend in the road.
This is the 10th album in Salmon's career since his 1986 punk rock debut with the band Critical Mass. It's a 16-song collection that showcases lyrical craftsmanship at its best presented on a canvas of the best musicianship Nashville has to offer.
It was recorded in Nashville's Eastwood Studios, with the final touches added at the Seldom Creek Ranch Studio in the Village of Oak Creek.
"This record is very different from the last couple of albums I did," Salmon explained. "In Nashville, the 16 tracks were basically done live in a 48-hour non-stop cycle of work followed by about two days of overdubs and adding cello and background vocals. I'm very happy with it. It's a different-sounding record than my last two. They were very produced, and this record it was just kind of like off we went, a little more on the raw side."
Most of the songs on "Blackbird" were written in the past year and "four of them have been with me for about three years," said Salmon.
The record already has been released in Europe, where Salmon has a strong following.
"It's doing really well in Sweden, The Netherlands and Denmark and it's starting to get some attention in Germany," he said. "It's just like the last three I did, the old Country and Americana thing do really well over there. I've always had success in The Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, the eastern part of Germany and a little bit in France."
Salmon is still working to find a company to help with the promotion of Blackbird in American, but it can be purchased via online download at iTunes, CD Baby, doublecheckmusic.com and robindeansalmon.com.
In addition, the CD will be for sale at Salmon's first local release show Sept. 13, 9 p.m., at Cottonwood's Main Stage, 1 S. Main St. Opening for the Robin Deal Salmon Band will be the Christopher Robin Band.