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Album Review by Roots Music Report 

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I recently caught bluegrass singer/songwriter/ guitarist Kim Robins (with her band, 40 Years Late) on a past episode of Tim White’s “Song of the Mountains” television show, and I was very pleased to hear her second album on the Pinecastle label, Leave the Porch Light On, shortly afterwards. To date, the album has climbed as high as #19 on the weekly Roots Music Report's Top 50 Contemporary Bluegrass Album Chart. 

From Bloomington, Indiana, Kim Robins began…

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Kim Robins Releases New Album ‘Leave The Porch Light On’ 

Nashville, Tenn. (September 3, 2021) - The wait is finally over, as Kim Robins releases her long awaited album Leave The Porch Light On. Available today, the project includes 13 new recordings, all centered around the Indiana native’s one-of-a-kind voice. The collection also consists of a star-studded lineup of guests including Clay Hess, Tim Crouch, Kyle Estep, Josh Woods, Duane Estep and Brennan Hess. Fans can download and/or stream the full record HERE.

“I have so many emotions ahead of this CD release…

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Hurricane - New Single from Kim Robins 

Pinecastle Records has released a new single for Kim Robins, the lead-off track for her upcoming album with the label, Leave The Porch Light On. 

It’s one called Hurricane – a perfect song for this time of year – written by Alan Johnson, and recorded with assistance from Duane Estep on mandolin, Clay Hess on guitar and banjo, Brennan Hess on bass, and Tim Crouch on fiddle. They give a punchy, mid-tempo bluegrass feel to this song about how a false-hearted lover can make you feel like you are living inside…

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You and Christmas Cookies from Kim Robins 

 

Pinecastle Records has a new release from Kim Robins, her first ever Christmas single. It’s one she wrote called You and Christmas Cookies, which takes a bluesy bluegrass look at the annual baking tradition. Think a modern Jingle Bell Rock with some hot fiddle and banjo pickin’. 

She cut the track at Clay Hess’ studio, with him on guitar, bass, and mandolin. Ron Block played banjo with Tim Crouch adding the fiddle. 

Kim says that the song came from her wanting to put a happier face on some trying times. 

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Kim Robins named as the newest member of the IBMA Songwriting Committee 

Kim Robins has been named the newest member of the IBMA Songwriting Committee. The Songwriting Committee helps facilitate events for fellow songwriters both during the World of Bluegrass week and throughout the year. Their goal, according to the IBMA website (IBMA.org), is to “enhance and grow our creative community, adding value to your IBMA membership.” Rick Lang, IBMA Songwriter Committee- Chair, had this to say, “Kim is a dedicated IBMA member, songwriter, recording artist who expressed an interest in…

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Kim Robins debuts on the Bluegrass Today Charts at #11 

Kim Robins song, "Raining in Baltimore,"  appeared the 2nd week of January 2018 at #11 on the Bluegrass Today Charts. Raining in Baltimore is a song Robins wrote after visiting Baltimore for a business trip in March of 2015. Robins says, "I was missing my family and I realized being a small town girl that I had no idea how to maneuver around the city. It started to rain one night while me and a coworker ventured out and I joked I was going to write a song about raining in Baltimore. The song virtually wrote…

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Kyle Estep to Kim Robins 

Posted on January 17, 2018 By John Lawless

Kim Robins has announced an addition to her touring band, 40 Years Late. Kyle Estep has joined the group on guitar, taking the spot previously occupied by Kim’s bandleader, Chris Martin, who has moved to bass following the departure of Jade Bacon. 

Kyle had been performing with his brother and their father in Michigan’s New County Grass. For the time being, he plans to work shows with both bands, as Kim says that their schedules do not conflict at this point. 

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Kim Robins on the prowl for a fiddle player 

Posted on August 1, 2017 By John Lawless

Kim Robins, recently signed with Pinecastle Records and boasting of a new album, Raining In Baltimore, just released, is now on the hunt for a full-time fiddler for her touring band, 40 Years Late. 

2017 has been a good year so far for Kim, and she says that she is ready to commit to a new band member, as opposed to using fill-in fiddlers as she has been doing so far. 

“I feel like the material is creative and fun to play and will challenge a fiddle player, giving…

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Kim Robins Debuts on Pinecastle with “Raining in Baltimore” 

Pinecastle Records is excited to announce Kim Robins’s label debut recording Raining in Baltimore. The album will be available this Friday July 21st, 2017. Robins shows off her songwriting on the album with three out of the twelve tracks to her credit including the title track. She will be a featured songwriter at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass this fall. Robins enlisted some big time help on Raining in Baltimore with Ron Stewart and Rickey Wasson co-producing and…

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Raining In Baltimore – Kim Robins Posted on July 12, 2017 By John Lawless 

One is given to wonder what or who is responsible when an artist on the rise makes a huge leap forward from one recording to the next, such as we see on Raining In Baltimore from Kim Robins, set for release next week on Pinecastle Records. 

Robins’ debut album, 40 Years Late, hit in 2013 and showed great promise from an artist who had been away from performing and recording for many years. But what explains the dramatic improvement on this new project, in her singing, song selection, and overall…

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RAINING IN BALTIMORE Makes It's Chart Debut! 

The latest release from bluegrass songstress, Kim Robins, on Pinecastle Records, cracks the charts this week, with the album debuting on the Top 50 Contemporary Bluegrass Chart at #30, and the track Stone Cold Blue, making an impressive first showing in at #12.

Kim said the news "made my day and Stone Cold Blue is one of my favorite songs and one I've done in the band for years."

We're all very excited to see this fantastic album getting the recognition it deserves, it's sure to be one of your top…

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ON KIM ROBINS "....A CAREER BLUEGRASS FANS WILL WANT TO FOLLOW." 

Kim Robins, 
Raining in Baltimore 
(Pinecastle, 2017) 

Kim Robins' debut Raining in Baltimore opens promisingly with an ominous folk-bluegrass ballad, Kim Fox's "Eye for an Eye." To my hearing it remains the strongest cut, but if what follow are more standard 'grass flavors, they're tasty ones. Robins' approach incorporates both traditional and contemporary. Naturally, my preference is for the former, and so I am pleased there's more of the former than of the latter. 

Even so, her country alto is…

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NEW SINGLE FROM PINECASTLE RECORDING ARTIST KIM ROBINS 

Pinecastle Records is pleased to announce the signing of bluegrass artist, Kim Robins to the label, and is releasing to radio the first single “Eye For An Eye”, from her upcoming album RAINING IN BALTIMORE. Kim Robins couldn’t be more proud than to have joined forces with Pinecastle, or excited about her first release with her new album. 

“I am grateful to Pinecastle Records for giving me the opportunity to finally live out my dream. It is such an honor to be on an outstanding label with such amazing…

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