Robin Mink

Robin Mink

 Ashland, Oregon, USA
BandFolkBluegrass

“Voice, guitar, drums, even the occasional thigh slap, all seem to be part of the bag of tricks that Robin has mastered. When you want to hear something a little different and kinda unique, Robin Mink is that special sauce that makes the whole dish work!"
Julie ODwyer 2012
Venue Owner

Biography

Born in California to a family that has music in it's genes, Robin Mink has been singing since she popped out of her mother's womb. Nothing has changed. An early childhood filled with school musicals, talent shows, and local gigs set the life coarse for this most musical artist. She began begging her parents for a guitar at 4 years old, until they finally got her one at age 9.

Before Mink went to Nashville in 2001 she won first place in Santa Barbara Arts Council "Works For Voice" award with hight praise from judges, Kenny Loggins and Norman Gimble (Killing Me Softly). Landing in Nashville with her award winning debut CD, "More To Love" she quickly gained the respect of the Masters while remaining little known by the masses. Teaming up with publicist Pam Lewis (Garth Brooks former Manager) gave Mink greater visibility in the Music City. In July 2003 Robin was honored with the "DisCovery Award" in Music Row Magazine, awarded by Robert K. Oermann. He says, "Mink Hit's A Home Run... Transplanted Nashville funk rocker Robin Mink slams one out of the park her first time at bat here at Music Row. Her "More To Love" CD wins her an uncontested DisCovery Award in this issue. You've gotta hear this thing: She's a totally refreshing and individualistic record maker."

Fueled by the respect from the Music City Pros, Robin spent 8 years honing her crafts "Nashville Style", working and playing with the likes of:
Andy Hall (Infamous String Dusters, Dolly Parton, the late Harley Allen)
Tom Roady (Aretha, Ricky Scaggs, and practically everyone!)
Pave Pomeroy (EmmyLou Harris, Trisha Yearwood,)
MC Potts (Vince Gill, Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson).

A death and illness in her family took priority suddenly in 2008. In July 2009 Robin said goodbye to her Nashville home and headed back west to be with family. After the passing of Robin's Mother in 2010, and not sure where to land, Mink roamed around her old haunts, Norther CA and Southern OR, visiting and work trading for rent. "...I can fix stuff: plumbing, appliances, etc". While living for the summer in a mountain cabin near Ashland, Robin had a chance meeting with an artist who was happy to find a producer with Mink's unique flavors. That meeting turned into an off-grid mountain production utilizing her laptop and MBox. Add to that some great dinners with wonderful folks, world class musicians that live and play here and Robin now calls Southern Oregon "Home"... again. Keep the address in pencil please.

Robin lives in Talent, Oregon, where she recently debuted her solo show to a sold out audience.

Lyrics

More to Love

Written By: Robin Mink

I’m a little chubby in the bubby
But my hubby says he likes it
Real good, real fine
I’m a little thick in the hip but he gets a better grip
And ooh I like it when he’s mine

I give him more to love
You get a little bigger girl
More to love
There’re tons of us around the world
More to love
More sugar in the shack
More booty on the back
More fruit upon the rack
And more to luh, luh, luh, love

He knows my loving is upon him when I lean my forty acres on my baby
And he travels with a smile as he traces the mile around my girth
My maker knew what she was doing
When she gave me all my curves and undulations
And I believe a degree of perfection was achieved upon my birth

She gave me more to love
You get a little bigger girl
More to love
There’re tons of us around the world
More to love
More sugar in the shack
More booty on the back
More fruit upon the rack
And more to luh, luh, luh, love
So good to feel appreciated for the things we’re taught to hate about

More to love
You get a little bigger girl
More to love, there’re tons of us…

So if you’re feelin’ kinda funky
‘Cause your butt’s a little chunky get over it
There are lots of double ovens
Who’ve got the kind of lovin they can
Heat up, eat up, serve up hot
Shake what you got
You can’t be something you’re not
When you got

More to love…..

Producers: Robin Mink and Rick Krizman
Vocals: Mink
Guitar: Mink
Wurlitzer, B3, and synths: Krizman
Bass: Ed Garnero
Trumpet: Lee Thorenburg
Drums: Rick Latham

Caught Between Lives

Written By: Robin Mink


Caught between lives; I wasn’t all the way here

But now I’m on this side

And as I’m looking back

I see how I’ve paid so dearly

Trying to find my way back


There’s no turning around

The door I just came through is now solid ground

You gotta walk; there’s no flying here

You gotta talk and nobody hears

So I try to find my way back


Can you blame me, first time in a body?

It can get so heavy


This human thing’s new

I’m used to God and light and Angels flying

I’ve used a substitute or two

I’d let it take me and I see where I came from clearly

So I tried to find my way back



Can you blame me? A soul in a body?

It gets so heavy


But there’s no turning around

The door I just came through will not open up until I’m dying

You gotta walk; there’s no flying here

You gotta know that somebody cares

That you’re trying to find your way back

All Shook Up

Written By: Robin Mink

If you would kiss me it would mean you like me
Ooooh you like me yeahhhhhhh
Wish I could tell you how I feel excited, I’ve ignited, oooh
I’d like to spend some time with you babe,
‘cause I’m all shook up,

We met and suddenly, electrically,
It’s chemistry, we couldn’t have known
And when we touch it feels like home,
We fit so naturally, and I know you know it

I can’t eat, I can’t sleep
I can only dream of your lips on mine
And if you feel what I’m feelin’
Then it’s just a matter of time
Before we’re all shook up
All shook up

The only fly in the ointment
Is there’s someone waiting for you at home
And now that I know it, I know I should go
But I can’t seem to find my way out
‘cause I’m all shook up
shook up

I can’t eat, I can’t sleep
I can only dream of your lips on mine
If you feel what I’m feeling
Could it be a matter of time
Before we’re all shook up?

Robin Mink: Producer/ Engineer/ Programming/ Vocals
Allen Baker: B3 and Synth
Andy Hall: Dobro

Hillbilly Stomp

Written By: Robin Mink

When I lived in Nashville I learned how to produce the sounds I imagined in my mind and felt in my gut. In fact, because I lived in Nashville, I finally discovered what those sounds were.
Dobro! Banjo! Old Gibson Acoustic! Mash it up with funky programmed beats and synths and I’ve found my “Gritty Weave”. These “bare bones” recordings are the first of these expressions featuring my buddy, the amazing Andy Hall, of the “Infamous String Dusters”, on Dobro. Thanks Andrew!

New Years Eve

Written By: Robin Min

When I lived in Nashville I learned how to produce the sounds I imagined in my mind and felt in my gut. In fact, because I lived in Nashville, I finally discovered what those sounds were.
Dobro! Banjo! Old Gibson Acoustic! Mash it up with funky programmed beats and synths and I’ve found my “Gritty Weave”. These “bare bones” recordings are the first of these expressions featuring my buddy, the amazing Andy Hall, of the “Infamous String Dusters”, on Dobro. Thanks Andrew!

Discography


DATE/ALBUM/ARTIST/CONTRIBUTION
1981 HEARTSONG - June Millington (Congas, Vocals)

1998 VALENTINE - Melanie Redman (Harmony Vocals)

1998 RAINBOW ROOM - Rick Knight (Vocals)

2000 RING THEM BELLS - Ethan Daniel Davidson (Guitar and Vocals)

2001 MORE TO LOVE - Robin Mink (Author, Guitar, Vocals, Producer)

2001 THIS MACHINE KILLS FACISTS - Ethan Daniel Davidson (Guitar and Vocals)

2012 Hillbilly Stomp - Robin Mink (Author, Guitar, Vocals, Producer)