Nell Robinson 'On The Brooklyn Road' Red Level

A twangy singer who didn't start her singing career in public until the age of 45. This is her second album and it highlights her clear spring of a voice in an acoustic setting. One that seems perfect for her.  She has produced this album with Jim Nunally and mixes a selection of her own songs with some covers. Those covers are in good company as here own songs either co-written or written solo are strong. Her interpretation of I'm A Honky Tonk Girl for instance pitches her impassioned voice against a simple guitar and dobro backing. She gives a straight bluegrass style run through of I Saw The Light that has strong vocal harmonies around her soulful lead. Equally convincing is her take on the Elvis classic Can't Help Falling In Love With You, a subtle and effective evocation of love. Darker issues are the subject of Wahatchee, a song written by Robinson and Laurie Lewis, its based on a historical figure who hummed "Yankee Doodle Dandy" while hanging red coat soldiers. I'm Brilliant considers the blight of alcoholism. So the road she travels covers quite a bit of ground but does so with a certain style. The album hits a slightly different place for the final two 'bonus' tracks which are billed as The Henriettas who take an earlier act the DeZurik Sisters as an inspiration. The two tracks are just voice and guitar with Robinson and Cary Sheldon joined by Jim Nunally and they deliver the songs with a sense of fun and some vocal twists. All this makes for a very enjoyable listening experience and shows Robinson a budding writer who will no doubt explore this aspect of here career further. Between some of the tracks there are vocal recordings of her relatives telling stories of their lives from different times, all of which sets a tone that still resonates from earlier times.