robin dean salmon

robin dean salmon

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Sounds like Rodney Crowell and Gram Parsons mixed with a bit of Social Distortion. In the words of Rodney Crowell himself, “Robin Salmon is smart, funny, poetic and in possession of a melodic wit. Anyone got a problem with that?”

Biography

ROBIN DEAN SALMON
Robin Salmon is an anthropologist of sorts. At times living the life of a gypsy, traveling the world, amassing the experiences it would take most several lifetimes to accumulate. From this he has developed an intrinsic understanding of what it means to be human. A base insight that somehow eludes most, perhaps due to lack of awareness or just simple indifference. It is songwriters like Salmon who help us to look at ourselves and this world in which we live with a bit more clarity.
Born in Durban South Africa, Robin Salmon came of age in a disjointed country plagued by violence and political turmoil. His father was a karate master carrying the distinguished and seldom bestowed title of Shihan. First training with the Japanese dock workers at the shipping yards and later with the masters in Japan, Salmon’s father went on to found, own and operate the only Budoryu Karate school in South Africa. Salmon’s mother was a jewelry artisan and partner in the family’s safari expedition company but most importantly the circulatory system of the family; the heartbeat and life force behind the machine. His father’s disaccord with the apartheid favoring government led to a pending threat of him becoming a banned person, which at the time carried the sentencing of house arrest that was doggedly enforced. The family fled to America in 1977, settling outside of San Antonio on the largest long horn cattle ranch in the country. Life was reinvented and the way of the rancher instilled in the fabric of young Salmon. Spending the impressionable years of a young man’s life in the Texas hill country in the early 80’s, Salmon’s musical roots were a cross pollination of musical legends Bob Wills, Johnny Cash and Marty Robbins and the contemporaries of punk rock, The Sex Pistols, U2, The Clash and The Ramones. At 15 Salmon got his first guitar, wrote his first song and realized life as a performer was an inescapable dream.
Fresh out of high school Salmon formed the band, See No Evil, which would later prove to be a success for it’s four young members. While the band was living in Austin and playing every obliging hole in the wall, Salmon penned a song for International Youth Year, a festival held by the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. The opportunity to perform live before the United Nations, and the intoxication of the vitality and grit that was the New York in the 80’s, Salmon and his fellow See No Evil members packed up and moved their outfit to the city. While living in a Greek Community of Queens and surviving on white rice and kool-aid, the band played steady gigs at the infamous CBGB. At one of these late night gigs legendary producer Richard Robinson of Lou Reed and David Johnson notoriety discovered the young musicians. Impressed with the band and particularly Salmon’s songwriting, Robinson secured the band a deal with Epic that would produce two records. See No Evil and Songs, both produced by Robinson, were released to rave reviews. Rolling Stone described See No Evil as having, “memorable melodies and a driving beat”. Details Magazine said they “secrete an intense integrity and emotion that can only be compared to the aura that surrounds U2. Robin has the presence and makings of a cult hero with a message”. Rockpool characterized the band as being “deeply rooted in the sound and sensibility of such seminal bands of the late 70's like Television. Being a gutsy, rough-edged, post 70's new wave punker suits See No Evil's honcho Salmon best”. Nominated for 3 prestigious New York Music Awards, the band toured tirelessly until 1992 when Salmon was in a motorcycle accident that nearly ended his life. Faced with months of rehabilitation and an arduous recovery, the New York City winters and brazen population was something Salmon was not eager to endure. A lover of the balmy comforts of the south and her soulful music, he relocated to Atlanta.
The inception of FMG Studios, affectionately named for his dog Fat Muddy George, came from the desire to wear the hat of both recording artists and producer. During FMG studios existence, Salmon produced over 40 records spanning virtually every musical genre from Baptist gospel records to heavy metal. He also released several independent records of his own; a 1994 acoustic album Aiming for the Sun and 1997's High Energy Alternative Power Pop with his then band Christopher Robin. Evolution as an artist is inevitable and Salmon was no exception with his shift from Punk Rock Manhattanite to the roots infused sound of a Bohemian balladeer. Referencing his Texas roots and country influences, Salmon released 2 albums under the name Jack West, Gunslinger and Suicide Alley, both applauded by the critics. Hal Horowitz of Creative Loafing said, “Gunslinger fits comfortably into the current crop of alt-country traditionalists”. Greogory Nicoll described Jack West as “a rollicking honky-tonk ensemble with 10-gallon hats on their heads and enough rockin' thunder un

Lyrics

Gasoline

Written By: Robin Dean Salmon

GASOLINE

I’m tired and all the worlds a joke
Stopped laughing long before your time
Another shot would steal away my pain
Check out and leave it all behind

She said, my world is dark and mean
I’m riding closer to the edge
And I’m feeling like I’m out of gasoline

Never wanted anything I found
No change of heart if it found me
Stuck behind the wheel of a muscle car
Out of control I can’t slow down

She said, my world is dark and mean
I’m riding closer to the edge
And I’m feeling like I’m out of gasoline

Well, I traveled on a lonely street, the bones are busted in my feet
Like a cancer deep inside of me left with no fresh air that I can breath

She said, my world is dark and mean
I’m riding closer to the edge
And I’m feeling like I’m out of gasoline

I’m tired and all the worlds a joke
Stopped laughing long before your time
Another shot would steal away my pain
Check out and leave it all behind

She said, my world is dark and mean
I’m riding closer to the edge
And I’m feeling like I’m out of gasoline

She said, my world is dark and mean
I’m riding closer to the edge
And I’m feeling like I’m out of gasoline
And I’m feeling like I’m out of gasoline

When You Have it All

Written By: Robin Dean Salmon

WHEN YOU HAVE IT ALL

Don’t know how to fix this on my own
This heartache runs deep, yeah to the bone
Once we were brothers, much more than friends
Then you moved along

You pulled me from trouble in my past
Lord, we where crazy, young and fast
Once we were brothers, much more than friends
Then you moved along

Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day
Or the Sunday after that
I won’t be missing you at all
Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day
Or the Sunday after that
I won’t be waiting for your call
It’s a damn long way to fall
When you have it all

So many years spent feeling youthful
So many days spent fighting strong
Once we were brothers, much more than friends
Then you moved along

So many heartbreaks in my life
So many chapters I will close
Once we were brothers, much more than friends
Then you moved along

Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day
Or the Sunday after that
I won’t be missing you at all
Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day
Or the Sunday after that
I won’t be waiting for your call
It’s a damn long way to fall
When you have it all

Don’t know how to fix this on my own
This heartache runs deep, yeah to the bone
Once we were brothers, much more than friends
Then you moved along

MAYBE I DO

Written By: ROBIN DEAN SALMON

MAYBE I DO

She’s dead tired of this town
And the dirty streets that block her way
She’s driven down every side road
Trying to find the light of day
Somebody help her please
Find the will to stay

She don’t want to play the game
Or act a fool
Just wants someone to say I love you
And maybe I do.

Every night she lies awake
And stares at a page of the phone book
Wondering if she could know true love
With just one look

She don’t want to play the game
Or act a fool
Just wants someone to say I love you
And maybe I do.

Maybe I do wanna be her man
Fall in love and follow her plan
I do wanna make all her dreams come true
Maybe I do.

She took to drinking pretty hard
Every night to dull the pain
Bought some shells and a 45
To dull the pain
Somebody help her please
Find the will to stay

She don’t want to play the game
Or act a fool
Just wants someone to say I love you
And maybe I do.

Maybe I do wanna be her man
Fall in love and follow her plan
I do wanna make all her dreams come true
Maybe I do.

you're the one

Written By: robin dean salmon

only one kiss that i want to remember
the one i'll share with you on our wedding day
only one road that i want to travel on
that windy road with you destination unknown

you are my shelter from the storm you are my home
you are my one and only wish i made in the well
you are the tick tock tick in my time
you are the sweetness in my wine
you are the passion in my crime

only one Gospell i wanna rely on
the one i'll build with you in Jesus name
only one life that i wanna live through
and i will suffer anything for it to be with you

you are my shelter from the storm you are my home
you are my one and only wish i made in the well
you are the tick tock tick in my time
you are the sweetness in my wine
you are the passion in my crime

i've fallen for you baby don't you see
you're the one, youre the one

you are my shelter from the storm you are my home
you are my one and only wish i made in the well
you are the tick tock tick in my time
you are the sweetness in my wine
you are the passion in my crime

i've fallen for you baby don't you see
i've fallen for you baby don't you see
you're the one, youre the one
you're the one
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Discography

Critical Mass-Fall Out (Reaction Records). SEE NO EVIL (Epic Records). SEE NO EVIL-Songs (Epic Records). CHRISTOPHER ROBIN (FMG MUSIC). JACK WEST-Gunslinger (FMG MUSIC). JACK WEST-Suicide Alley (FMG MUSIC). ROBIN DEAN SALMON-Gasoline (Paul Street Records).

Set List

americana/Country- Original Songs with a mix of covers. Set length. Anywhere from 30 min to 4 Hrs.