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Wood Robinson’s New Formal

Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
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Two years ago, Wood Robinson, known to many as the bass player for Mipso, released an album of original music that he recorded over two years at Nightsound Studios in Carrboro. Robinson says of these songs, “They are rooted in the hundreds of scenes and stories I have taken in traveling through this vast, seemingly endless landscape of a country. I hope in listening to them you will find those same feelings that I have felt being immersed in the peoples and places that we call America – feelings of seeming insignificance tempered by that of the wonderful importance of people. That feeling that no matter what you do, you can never truly know your neighbor because their experience is so vastly different from yours. But you still treat them and love them as your neighbor should be treated and loved. And that is a beautiful thing.” Drawing equally from jazz grooves and the spare storytelling of folk, these songs offered Robinson a new vehicle to develop his understanding of the places he was exploring–as well as his own songwriting voice. Each story may be incomplete, each narrator imperfect, but together the songs offer both crystal-clear snapshots and a panoramic blur: a vision of the country in motion, of Robinson’s view through a tour van window.

Robinson will be joined for this concert by: Charles Cleaver (piano and vocals); Matt “Skinner” Peterson (guitar); and Yan Westerlund (drums).

Robinson grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, and gravitated to the upright bass. He studied jazz in college, playing in small combos and big bands, and then felt drawn to old time and bluegrass music. He started the band Mipso with a few friends, in the process learning to reconcile his jazz roots with his new folk foundation. After college his band hit the road. From dive bars to old theaters, from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine, 2015 brought hundreds of shows and more oil changes than most people need in a decade. Robinson half-jokingly called himself a “professional driver with a night gig.” Truth be told, he was learning from the scenes outside the van window, gradually hearing songs take shape. As the highways of America started feeling more familiar than Chapel Hill, he collected images and characters. Every geography offered a new setting; each stranger implied another narrative. These kernels of road stories — the lonely woman on a Tulsa barstool, a bright green yard in Santa Fe, the feeling of leaving home in the rain — made their way into his lyrics.



Saturday, June 9, 2018
7:00 pm
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Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park
801 High House Rd
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