Kim Robins News

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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Salt River Bluegrass Festival is resurrected for 2019 and beyond 


Last year was a sad one for fans of the long-running Salt River Bluegrass Festival in Midland, MI. The event was a dream fulfilled for promoter George Carr, who had run it on his property the past 40 years. 

But shortly before the July festival in 2018, Carr was suddenly taken ill and he barely made it long enough to attend his last one. His wife Kris, who had assisted with the festival since it began, announced beforehand that it would be the last for everyone, as she couldn’t imagine continuing…

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I'll Always Be A Gambler from Kim Robins & 40 Years Late 

When Indiana bluegrass singer and songwriter Kim Robins reformed her band not long ago, she was at pains to insist that it would be a band effort and not just a backup group for her as a leader. 

And she has proved that point with today’s release of the first new single from Kim Robins & 40 Years Late, entitled I’ll Always Be A Gambler. The song features the lead vocals of guitarist Kyle Estep, who Robins says she is delighted to highlight right out of the gate. 

“Having the opportunity to release a…

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Duane Estep to Kim Robins and 40 Years Late 

Kim Robins has announced the newest addition to her touring band, 40 Years Late. Duane Estep has joined the group on mandolin and vocals, stepping in for Dewayne Guffey who left the band last month. 

Duane has been a popular bluegrass picker in the Detroit area for some time, where he performed with regional acts like Livingston County Grass, Detroit Bluegrass Band, and New Country Grass. The latter is one he formed with his two sons, Kyle and Brent, making joining up with Kim into a homecoming of sorts…

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Kim Robins chosen for IBMA Leadership Bluegrass 2019 

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced their 2019 class for Leadership Bluegrass, an annual, three-day academy intended to generate future pacesetters in the bluegrass industry. Attendees are selected in a competitive process through an application process, and those selected are invited to Nashville for what the organization describes as “advanced-level interactive learning experiences designed to build commitment, motivate talents, and instill enthusiasm for addressing the future of…

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Josh Woods returns to Kim Robins & 40 Years Late 

Kim Robins is proud to announce the return of banjo picker Josh Woods to her touring band, 40 Years Late. Josh had been her original banjo man when the band was formed back in 2013, but day job commitments made it impractical for him to stay out on the road with the group, and the Indianapolis native stepped aside in 2014. 

But things have apparently changed, as Woods is back and rarin’ to go. 

“I am very excited to be a part of Kim Robins and 40 Years Late once again. I am proud of Kim and I look forward…

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