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On Back In Style, Tad Robinson reaffirms his love for classic blues and R&B with a set of elegantly-rendered, tenderly delivered tunes. Robinson prefers slow-burning numbers to frantic rave-ups; his after-hours suavity lends tracks like “Get Back To Love,” “Full Attention Blues” and “I’m In Good” a seductive glow. On “Just Out of My Reach” and “Half Smile,” he stretches out amidst funky guitars and shimmering electric pianos, slipping into a zone somewhere between Memphis and Philly. More brisk in feel are “You Name It I’ve Had It” (a gospel-tinged number complete with churchly organ) and “Sunday Morning Woman” (a down-home tribute to a lady’s abiding love). Back In Style benefits from tight, classy songwriting, mostly contributed by Robinson and bassist Steve Gomes. The album’s production is likewise steeped in old-school values, mixing bar-band sweat with studio pizzazz. Back In Style is a roots album that offers more than just nostalgia – but then, for Robertson, soul has never been passé.

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Blues/Soul Radio D.J.

As a radio broadcaster playing blues and soul music for the past 13 years at a community station in northern California, I became aware of Tad Robinson with the release of his 2004 Severn album, "Did You Ever Wonder," and have since enjoyed his music while sharing it with my radio audience. "Back in Style" is his definitive work thus far, a set of ten perfectly crafted soul tunes with consistently flawless vocal and musical performances. Studio veteran/bassist Steve Gomes wrote/co-wrote half the songs, demonstrating his own flare for the genre, and Memphis Horns legend Wayne Jackson adds authenticity and elegance to the big brass sound that evokes the golden years of Memphis soul. Tad’s voice and the arrangements immediately beg comparison to Al Green, Howard Tate and the late O.V. Wright and Syl Johnson. However, with eight original soul gems and two interpretations of obscure vintage treasures (Clarence Shields' "You Name It I've Had It" and Sam Dees' "Just Out of My Reach") that only the most well-informed music scholars could ever bring to light, Robinson is well on his way to establishing his own legend in the music world. From the first notes of the opening Gomes composition "Rained All Night," to the shimmering harmony vocals of the set closer written by Tad, "Get Back To Love," the grooves wrap around you like a warm summer breeze and ease your mind of all its worries. The bluesy mid-tempo “Full Attention Blues,” with its deep southern essence, would be a fitting addition to Bobby “Blue” Bland’s repertoire. "On and On," another Tad original, flows with carefree abandon, propelled by his fluid phrasings and equally pleasing vocal delivery. With this modern soul classic that’s hard to put down, Tad Robinson certainly seems destined for soul music immortality.

Back In Style

Tad Robinson is one of a very few that actually sounds better with time. The guy defies logic, the voice, the delivery is outstanding. And don't even mention the harp. A must for any true blues listener. I was fortunate to catch him at Dave Specter's Holiday Blues Show in Chicago last week, and this guy is unbelievable, better than I ever recall. Buy it, you can't go wrong. I'll refund your money personally if you aren't moved.


Born: June 24, 1956 in New York, NY

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s

Tad Robinson would have fit in snugly with the blue-eyed soul singers of the 1960s. His vocals virtually reeking of soul, he's capable of delving into a straight-ahead Little Walter shuffle or delivering a vintage O.V. Wright R&B ballad. Add his songwriting skills and exceptional harp technique and you have quite the total package. Robinson grew up in New York City on a nutritious diet of Stax, Motown, and Top 40, digging everyone from Otis Redding and Arthur Alexander to Eric Burdon and Joe Cocker....
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