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Two Nights in Nashville

Posted on April 26, 2018 with 0 comments
...Answer the call.
      My Producer on the other end of the line said, “There's a possibility that we can get three top Nashville session musicians to do the solo work on your upcoming album." I saw large dollar signs looming. "How much?" I said.  He responded, "That’s just it. We'd save enough in editing and speed in getting good tracks down, that financially it would not be that much more than if we recorded with local musicians!" I didn’t hear any downside. “Lets do it!”
     The session people were well-known in country, western, and bluegrass music: Stuart Duncan, fiddle; Rory Hoffman, accordion, guitar, harmonica, and piano; Doug Jernigan, pedal steel; Richard Smith, Engineer at Tunesmith Studios.
          As it happens, my husband, Rick, is a really good pilot, so his part was flying my Producer, Co-Producer and me in the aircraft to Nashville. [...]
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Roadmaps and Detours

Posted on June 15, 2017 with 0 comments
Dear Everyone,
     Many of you will be taking roadtrips this summer.  Even if you have a roadmap - detours are fun to take sometimes, right?.  For variety! I love variety, and I'll bet you do, too: I love variety in food, landscapes, fashion, and of course music!     When I was maturing, artistically, I felt some frustration over the fact that I could not seem to fit into any one genre of music. The market wanted to put me in a niche; but I loved it all: folk, jazz, blues, rock, classical, pop, western and gospel. I couldn't choose just one! Breakfast with classical and folk, lunch with blues and jazz, dinner with rock and pop music. Variety keeps things interesting!    My music development was varied: I started out early in life singing in the church choir; then 3-part harmony with my Brother and Sister. At Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott, AZ I heard a camp counselor named "Dee Dee" sing John Henry: she belted it out with her [...]
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Mud Season

Posted on April 11, 2016 with 0 comments

 Dear  Everyone,
     "I'm just going to throw a bunch of mud on the wall and see what sticks!" That's what I said in November when we migrated back to Arizona from Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  The theme for my year is, "Break On Through to the Other Side," with apologies to Jim Morrison! I felt a need to elevate what I was doing in music and in life to another level.  As Nina Simone says, "I want more and more, and then some!"
      One of the benefits of moving every six months is the "clean slate" effect.  You get to wipe the slate clean and start over.  Every one of us gets to do that every day - "...everyday our wallet is magically filled with 24 hours to do with as we see fit."  It is a little more dramatic when you have to pack up "kit and caboodle," to a whole new landscape - but I am grateful for it.  It reminds me that life is a continual journey of growth - hopefully positive growth.
     But [...]
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There is a Season

Posted on September 28, 2015 with 0 comments

Hello Everyone,
     ". . . I hope to inspire you to move forward with your dreams, and I thank you for sharing mine."

     That is what I wrote in March and since then, we've had a whole Spring and Summer to move toward those dreams.  I hope you are pleased with what you see in your "garden." I have been very pleased. Just to recap, last March The Academy of Western Artists awarded my CD, "Jewel of the West," with Best Western Album of the Year, I had my April Fools Day Concert at the Kerr,  and this Summer my song, "Wyoming: Jewel of the West" hit the #1 spot on the music charts as the most played song by Western DJ's Internationally as reported to the Western Music Association.  
      Let me tell you a little secret about  that song.  I wrote it several years ago as a challenge to myself because I'd heard that the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce was looking for a song about Wyoming.  I interviewed [...]
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Posted on April 20, 2015 with 0 comments

Hi Everyboby; 
     On February 16 of this year I wrote: 
"Maybe by walking this "Award" road together, hand in hand, it can (in addition to a little blood, sweat, and tears) shake a little "Stardust" on both of us. Are you in?"
       On Saturday, March 28, I WON for Best Western Album of the Year from The Academy of Western Artists! Let's share a little Stardust.
       All I remember, is sitting there at our table as the nominee's names were read and hearing, "...and the winner for Best Western Album is... LeeLee Robert!"  I went into an altered state of consciousness. My husband was holding my hand and said, "You won, honey, you won!  You've got to go and get up there!"  I got up and walked to the stage very carefully because I had a long gown on and high heels.  I don't remember pictures being taken  and was in a complete state of shock! All I remember of the acceptance speech is [...]
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