Robin Lee Berry
Robin Lee Berry moved to northern Michigan in 1981 to raise children, write, record and perform music but has been a resident of Michigan most of her life.
The beauty of the land and the water and the diversity of the seasons keeps her there.
Robin is an accomplished guitar player and songwriter with an ability to cover many styles of music with passionate and intuitive energy. Her songs are about love, life, children, growing up and growing old and about the successes and disappointments that evolve from living life .
"Robin Lee Berry reflects northern Michigan's feminine soul, blending themes of strength, courage, and vulnerability in her songs, all rendered with the spirit of awe and optimism." ~Robert Downing -Editor of Northern Express
She was also included on a Red House Records release (September of 2002)
"Going Driftless an artists tribute to Greg Brown" where she contributed a rendition of Greg's "Hey, baby, Hey". All royalties from this recording are being donated to The Breast Cancer Fund in California. See her website for more info.
Greg Brown describes Berry's voice as "clear spring water gushing out from a deep place in the earth. It goes right to your heart."
Each of her recordings have been hard to pigeonhole and as an independent artist Robin considers that a compliment.
Her next recording "Ahna, Kick a Hole in the Sky", due to be released in February of 2004, where she covers Van Morrison and Neil Young, Garnet Rogers and includes a guest appearance duet with Greg Brown, will also be "unpigeonholeable".
Ahna kick a hole in the sky includes the voices of her daughters Anna Lee Berry and Ruby Lee Williams as well as artwork from Ruby.
Contact Robin through her website robinleeberry.com
US mail: P.O. Box 63
Boyne City, MI 49712
CD Title: A Man Like My Guitar
Record Label: Independent
Style: Jazz Vocals
Musicians: Robin Lee Berry (vocals, guitar); COLLECTIVE PERSONNEL: Pete Asch (flute, sax); Graham Fineout (drums, percussion); Leo Dombecki (sax); Glenn Wolff (bass); Don Julin (accordion, guitar, mandolin); Jack Sharry (fiddle); Ron Tschudy (harmonica); Roger Tarczon (drums).
Review: Singer/songwriter/guitarist Robin Lee Williams sent along her recent release and it’s a pleaser. I can’t tell you anything of the Michigan performer’s history as a bio did not accompany the CD. The musicians are listed collectively as individual tracks are in solo, duo, trio and quartet formats.
This young woman is difficult to place in a pigeonhole. Although presenting a number of jazz standards, Robin Lee Berry injects her unique personal interpretation. The instrumentation is as unusual as her arrangements, including at times, mandolin and accordion. Robin is an accomplished vocalist and acoustic guitarist. Her solo on the title tune is quietly beautiful. In contrast, she kicks Billy Mayhew’s “It’s a Sin To Tell a Lie” along at a frightening pace after a brief intro in 3/4 time.
As on any album, certain performances stand out for their own reasons. Robin Lee Berry’s own composition “Something Sometime” absolutely shines in terms of pure beauty and originality. I’ll take a moment to ask Robin not to put the pen away. Her unique version of “You Took Advantage Of Me” is performed vocally, accompanied only by her own acoustic guitar and the tune takes on a special loveliness in her hands. “The Lady Is a Tramp” is, in contrast, a free for all with some witty lyrics, kooky drum breaks and hot violin.
Robin Lee Berry is also a world-class builder of fine log furniture. Her work can be seen at the artist’s website quoted above. Please contact the singer via the email “clicker” on the site if you wish more information on this CD. Robin will answer all enquiries personally.
Tracks: Never Never Land; Almost Like Being In Love; My One And Only Love; One Note Samba; Something Sometime; It’s a Sin To Tell a Lie; That’ll Teach Me; Haven’t We Met; Scotch n’ Soda; You took Advantage Of Me; The Lady Is a Tramp; My Romance; I Will; Michelangelo’s Blues; My Funny Valentine.
Artist's Website: http://www.robinleeberry.com
Reviewed by: Richard Bourcier