Randy Robbins
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Randy Robbins

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"Randy Robbins to open for The Soft Parade"

25 Sep 2009

Like countless others, Randy Robbins was inspired to become an acoustic musician by the legendary Bob Dylan.

"The power in his voice is amazing, really," Robbins said.

Robbins performs mostly solo acoustic singer/songwriter material which is what the audience will hear when he opens up for The Soft Parade on Oct. 2 at Showcase Live in Foxborough, Mass.

Robbins has been playing guitar and singing for about 12 years and has been playing out for the last four years, mostly at establishments in southeastern Massachusetts and the Worcester area. He said it is a great feeling to be performing on stage and with acoustic music, the singer/songwriter feels almost naked, but he wants people to be able to enjoy his shows.

"I tend to be a very shy and withdrawn type of person," Robbins said. "But when I get up on stage, I can control the room. I feel good about it. I can take the energy of the audience and push the performance higher."

Robbins's girlfriend, Kate Yack sometimes sings back-up vocals or her own songs with Robbins because she is also a singer/songwriter. Buck Weir sometimes plays the hand drums for Robbins.

Besides Dylan, Robbins lists as his influences The Beatles, Velvet Undeground, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young.

Robbins just finished recording a CD of original material, called "Shades of Red," which can be listened to on randyrobbinsmusic.com. The CDs have not been pressed yet, so physical copies are not yet available. The album was written, recorded and produced in the house where he lives in Woonsocket, R.I.

"It's mostly confessional, singer/songwriter stuff that I've written the last couple of years and played at open mices," Robbins said.

Robbins said a lot of his material comes out of relationships and he tries to not focus on the subject so much, but let the words flow in the song.

Robbins, who is originally from South New Jersey, picked up a guitar for the first time at 18 years, started learning cover songs and then wrote his own tunes.

"I've been into music my whole life, since I was four or five years old," Robbins said. "My mother was a singer." - Limelight Magazine


I have one album, that I've completed. It's called Shades of Red. I worked really hard on it, and loved every minute of it. And I'm very happy with it:


It's completely self produced. I wrote and sang all the songs, played all the instruments (with a few minor exceptions, noted on the back cover artwork. And I also recorded and mixed the album myself in my living room, and designed and created the album artwork. The only thing I have left to do at the moment is have the CD pressed so that I can start selling it. I should be able to start selling it within the next month.

I've been playing out a few times a month at this point, and the reaction to the original material has been overwhelmingly positive.

You can check out the album artwork in the photo section of my EPK.

I've also recently been nominated for two awards by Limelight Magazine. Best Male Vocalist, and Best Album by a Solo Act (Indie).



I grew up in South Jersey. Just across the bridge from Philly. I moved to New England with my parents when I graduated from high school. Music has been a passion of mine since I was very young. There was always singing in my house growing up, and my parents' record collection always kept me entertained. When my mother passed away when I was 8 years old, music helped me to grieve and helped me to keep myself together through some tough times. Some of the biggest albums to have influenced me when I was young were The Beatles' White Album, Van Morrison's Moondance, a Cat Stevens best of, Jimmy Buffett's greatest hits, and plenty others... But then I found Dylan. That voice, and those songs... Knocked me out. I wanted to do that. So I took up the guitar and started writing.