Leave the Porch Light On
RECORD LABEL:Pinecastle Records
The wait is finally over, as Kim Robins releases her long awaited album Leave the Porch Light On. Available today, the project includes thirteen new recordings, all centered around the Indiana native’s one-of-a-kind voice. The collection also consists of a star-studded lineup of guests including Clay Hess, Tim Crouch, Kyle Estep, Josh Woods, Duane Estep and Brennan Hess.
“I have so many emotions ahead of this album release. The last couple of years have been rough on us all,” says Kim Robins. “I’m thrilled, relieved and sad at the same time. It will be the first project my parents and brother didn’t get to hear. I hope and pray you all will enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. Thank you to Clay Hess and Pinecastle Records for giving me the opportunity to live my dream!”
Bluegrass enthusiasts were treated to the latest single in the form of “Hurricane,” which was released in early August 2021. The song was written by Alan Johnston and features Clay Hess and Tim Crouch. It’s an upbeat Bluegrass anthem that is filled with creative lyrics and metaphors. Robins’ powerful vocals on the track are a quick reminder of why the singer/songwriter was nominated on two different occasions for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) “Momentum Vocalist of the Year” award.
Recorded during the COVID era, Leave the Porch Light On took a slight turn. Originally it was slated to be much different, but by adapting to the times, Robins was able to pull together several big names to accompany her on the album. It’s very obvious when listening through the record, listeners can hear various influences that stay true to the Hoosier’s unique sound. There’s also no shortage of hit songwriters on the collection, including tracks penned by Paula Breedlove, Mark Brinkman, Rick Lang, Alan Johnston, and more (full track listing below). Also on display are the musicians from Robins’ band 40 Years Late, including Kyle Estep, Duane Estep, and Josh Woods.
Other standout cuts on the project include the must-hear ballad “Memories of an Angel,” which tells a full-circle story about growing old and losing loved ones, plus the upbeat title track. Another highlight is the edgy “Seven Devils Ridge,” which describes a tragic story about forbidden love with a twist. The album concludes with the touching Gospel recording “I Won’t Have a Prayer.”
KEY SELLING POINTS
- Kim Robins is a two-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Vocalist Award Nominee and a 2019 IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Graduate
- Title-track from her previous album, Raining in Baltimore, appeared on SiriusXM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks chart