Ricky Lee Robinson
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Ricky Lee Robinson

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"If a talent like Robinson is pioneering the soloist revival, then the one-man band just might become the new three-piece"
-Performer Magazine

"Ricky is the total package: a literal one-man band whose musical talents exceed almost all contemporaries, with passion, sophistication, and writing abilities that dig deep beneath the surface. Unlike many artists who play multiple instruments recorded separately and later layered over each other with high-tech software, Ricky literally plays all instruments at once, or consecutively, depending on the track. PlaybackSTL Magazine refers to it as, "an old-timey one-man band, like that sad guy in the straw hat at Six Flags whose eye contact you and your punk friends made sure to avoid." But nonetheless, he manages to pull it off magnificently..."

"Ricky Lee Robinson is one man rock machine out of Oakland and his third LP Secret Love Tricks is a concise piece of work packed full of pop nuggets that are sure to grab your attention. Robinson does it all from playing an amped up acoustic guitar while keeping the beats on his three pieced modified drum kit and then finding a spare limb to man the keyboards while creating a full band sound that would trick anyone if you have never seen him play live. Secret Love Tricks comes in right at the thirty-minute mark and its ten songs range from bluesy Jack White stomps such as “Locust Of Control” to catchy ballads like “Darling If He Drops You” which sounds right out of the Paul McCartney playbook. Ricky Lee Robinson is as talented as he is creative and Secret Love Tricks gets even better with repeat spins while being the perfect simple schematic for how to accomplish all things garage, blues, power pop and lo-fi when you are only one rockin’ dude from Oakland!"
-Pitchfork Media

"New York-via-San Francisco rocker Ricky Lee Robinson is a one-man band, but not like Prince or Lenny Kravitz or any of those other 'geniuses' notorious for fussily neat-freaking themselves into playing every instrument on their records. Performing and recording several instruments simultaneously—including a foot-controlled three-piece drum kit and a guitar specially rigged with a 'polyphonic octaver' to cover the high and low ends—Robinson’s an old-timey one-man band, like that sad guy in the straw hat at Six Flags whose eye contact you and your punk friends made sure to avoid."
-PlaybackSTL Magazine

"Onstage, Ricky Lee Robinson cuts a bold figure. Dressed in a bright white tuxedo, he sits behind a modified drum set bashing away at his acoustic guitar while playing the drums with his feet—a one-man White Stripes, if you will. His voice is as arresting as his look, his raspy, booming tone perfectly suited for the ruckus he makes."
-San Francisco Magazine

- various


Mushu Pork (2005 Hypnodisk)
Secret Love Tricks (2008 Hypnodisk)



New York via San Francisco rock artist Ricky Lee Robinson sings and plays a foot-controlled three-piece drum kit while bashing out retrorock influenced chords through amped guitars and keyboards to create a mix of lofi stomps, rock ballads, and pop nugget singles. After recognition in 2006 for a rework of the 1976 Lord Davis Dundas hit, 'Jeans On', his sophomore 2008 release Secret Love Tricks went on to appear on over forty top 10 and top 30 college charts across the US including the CMJ top 200, and was named one of the top 10 albums of 2008 by San Francisco Bay Area's Bagel Radio. Robinson has shared the stage with The Pixies, Todd Rundgren, and Stephen Malkmus, and makes renegade street appearances in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Local police often intervene.

Craig Ossandon
Hypnodisk Management