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On his third disc from Severn Records, Back In Style, Tad Robinson puts his stamp on the soul-side of today’s blues scene. Featuring very special guests, The Memphis Horns and the Severn House Band, Back In Style represents new ground, new challenges and new directions for the music by an artist who continues to grow and influence his peers in the industry.
Back In Style is a passionate and groove-oriented collection of eight new, original songs and covers of two soul treasures, with the focus squarely on one of the most unique and versatile voices around.
Robinson’s two previous CDs from Severn Records, A New Point of View (2007) and Did You Ever Wonder? (2004) received five Blues Music Award nominations in the Soul/Blues category, where real-deal singers, not guitar heroes, rule the day. Back In Style will inevitably take Tad Robinson further into the hearts of his fans and connect with new listeners while placing him firmly on the map of the contemporary soul scene. It is a gutsy, fun, danceable, upbeat and soulful disc. With stellar sidemen, Alex Schultz, Steve Gomes, Robb Stupka, Kevin Anker and Benjie Porecki, on Severn’s 50th disc to date, Tad Robinson is surely Back. In Style!
Check out Tad’s newest Severn title: Day into Night.
Thanks to all the great musicians who participated in the making of this recording. Additional thanks go to Amy Robinson, Paul Holdman, David Murray, Jeff Chapin, Michael Stricklin, and to my producers, David Earl and Steve Gomes. — Tad
Tad Robinson: Vocals (all tracks), Harmonica (tracks 2, 5)
Robb Stupka: Drums (all tracks)
Steve Gomes: Bass (all tracks)
Kevin Anker: Hammond Organ (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10), Fender Rhodes (tracks 6, 8, 10), Wurlitzer (tracks 5, 7, 9)
Benjie Porecki: Hammond Organ (tracks 2, 6, 7)
Alex Schultz: Guitar (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7-left channel, 8, 10)
Dan Hovey: Guitar (tracks 4, 6, 7-right channel, 9)
Harold Flood: Guitar (track 2)
Mark Marella: Percussion (all tracks except 2, 10)
Josh Kay: Percussion (track 10)
Karla Chisholm: Background Vocals (tracks 1, 3, 6, 8, 10)
Todd Googins: Background Vocals (tracks 1, 3, 6, 8, 10)
Callie Bliss: Background Vocals (tracks 8, 10)
Wayne Jackson of the Memphis Horns, with Jack Hale and Tom McGinley: (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7)
Wayne Jackson: Trumpet
Jack Hale: Trombone
Tom McGinley: Baritone Saxophone
Kenny Rittenhouse: Trumpet (track 9)
Jerry Queene: Tenor Saxophone (track 9)
Produced by David Earl, Steve Gomes and Tad Robinson
Recorded and mixed by David Earl at Severn Sound Studio, Severn MD
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering, Takoma Park MD
Graphic Design by Al Brandtner, Brandtner Design, Chicago IL
Photos: Amber Bowers (cover), Geno Malusek (back cover), Vincenzo Barbagallo (live shot)