late Fall 2016 -
CD Release Show Nov. 29, 2016 in NYC at the Bitter End
I did a CD release show at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village on Nov. 29th (I used to play there when I first staying playing out in NYC). I was backed up by a full band including Tony Conniff on bass, Rob Friedman on guitar, Marshal Rosenberg on percussion and Frank Rendo and Mara Levine on backing vocals. We had a great time and I hope to post some video soon.
Tears and Laughter was released on Sept. 1st to radio. Folk Radio embraced the record; It was the #1 album, I was the #1 artist and had the #1 song ("Hole In The Ground") on the Folk DJ Radio charts for September! I was delighted. "Hole In the Ground" was aired by many DJs as part of their 15th anniversary 9/11 radio programs. Another song, "Here I Am (Hineni)", was played to commemorate the Jewish High Holidays at the beginning of October. I did a bunch of interviews with DJs that had been supportive of my work in the past, traveling to Albany, Saratoga Springs, Miami, New London, CT, NJ, Long Island (including my alma mater WUSB) and upstate New York. Local station WFUV played a couple of songs on various shows. The CD continuted to chart in October on the Folk DJ chart (many times CDs fall off in the 2nd month as other new releases take center stage. The CD is starting to get some press - here's a review by Michael Tearson for Sing Out! online: "Tears and Laughter" is a thoroughly winning, engaging album of songs created and delivered with great love and heart."
Folk DJs have been enthusiastic in their reviews of the album:
"Your voice sounds as lovely as ever." Rich Warren, WFMT, MIdnight Special, Chicago
"Congratulations on a superb alblum." Menachem Vinogrand, Director Jacob's Ladder Folk Festival, Israel
"A fabulous CD, very special... a great sound." Jim Marino, CMFU, Hamilton, Canada
"A beautiful album." Michael Stock, WLRN, Miami
3 tunes from my SONGS OF THE SEASON CD are going to be featured on a Hallmark made-for-TV Christmas movie called "Christmas In Homestead." It will air 10 times over the holiday season on the Hallmark Channel with the first airing on Thanksgiving Night. The songs they are using include "We Wish You A Merry Christmas", "Slient Night" and "Jingle Bells. This seems like a good time to mention that our multi-cultural holiday CD (in English, Hebrew, Spanish, German, etc) is available for purchase for $10. You can also purchase downloads from itunes and CDbaby.com.
I hope that the good reviews will encourage you to check out the CD and purchase one as a gift this upcoming holiday season. You can purchase downloads right from my website, or from CDBaby or, iTunes. You can get hard copy CDs from my site or CDBaby.com.
I could always use help getting airplay, especially in the Boston area. We need to get WUMB back on board! Also WXPN in Philly, WFMT in Tampa, FL, WFUV in New York City, WPKN in Bridgeport, and many of the stations below. If you live somewhere near a folk radio show, please email in a request. They do pay attention to those requests! I would love it if you could request any of my songs at Folk Alley Radio - folkalley.com.
Listen to the radio? Have a favorite station? You can help me find new listeners by requesting airplay on your local indie music station. A partial list of stations that have been serviced with my product is below. Most of the non-commercial stations have websites or Facebook pages where you can e-mail requests for music you would like to hear. An e-mail requesting airplay of my CDs would be much appreciated!
XM SIrius Satellite Radio has played my children's song "Celebrate Hanukkah" on their Chanukah channel for several years now and I assume they will also air it this holiday season, but I'd love to get on other channels there. If you subscribe to XM Satellite Radio, please request any of my music from their "Village" channel by clicking here or writing them via Facebook.
WUMB - Boston, MA
WFUV - New York, NY
KVMR-FM - Nevada City, CA
WAMC - FM - Albany, NY
WPSU-FM State College, PA
WYEP-FM - Pittsburg, PA -on "American Sampler," Ken Batista, host http://www.wyep.org
WVUD - Newark, DE
KFAI FM - Minneapolis, MN
WDIY - Allentown, PA
WFMT - Chicago, IL ("the Midnight Special" show)
KRFC - Ft. Collins, CO
KGOF - San Francisco, CA
WCVF - Fredonia, NY
WVIA - Wilkes Barre, PA
WKSU - Kent, OH (Folk Alley program)
WPRB - Princeton, NJ
WSDL, Ocean City, MD
WRUV-FM, Cleveland, OH
WCNI Radio - New London, CT - Art Dean's show Sunday early evening.
WNMC - Traverse City, MI
and many other radio stations and internet radio sites!
I am still selling my handmade pierced earrings online. I started fooling around with the many shells I had picked up on the beaches of Club Med where I was performing, as well as Florida. Many of the shells has tiny holes in them and I thought theyd look pretty as earrings. So I began to make earrings from the shellsI had found, using beads and semi-precious stones in the design. It has turned into a kind of passion and I have made so many pairs that got oohs and aahs from friends that I thought I'd offer them for sale. I love that they are made from nature and make me feel very connected to the sea, sand and warm weather when I wear them. They are made for pierced ears, and here's the website for them. Every pair is $10 plus shipping of $2. They are fun and funky and make great inexpensive gifts for the women in your life.
Baby, my main online
e-tailer (my music is licensed to iTunes through them), has been offering
a special incentive for people to check out new music. Buy 3 CDs from a
one or more of my CDs in the program from time to time, and the results have
been most interesting. Many more people are checking out my music and taking
advantage of this great deal. You can also order directly from
this website. Most
CDs are only $10, available from this website. Nearly all of my
songs are available for individual digital download.
If you have enjoyed my music in the past, you can "write" a review of either of my CDs and post it to CDBaby.com. Just go to this link CDBaby.com/cd/robing1 for "Slow Burn", CDBaby.com/cd/robing2 for "Acousticness" and CDBaby.com/cd/robing3 for "Images of Women Vol.1." Please note that you will have to create a buyer login in order to post reviews, whether you are a consumer, music lover, or CDBaby artist.
Please visit my artist page at Facebook, which is where my music activities are posted. If you can take a minute to go there and "like" my page, I'd appreciate it! You can also click the link on the left hand menu bar. I have a Twitter account, @bobbolu and have started posting there more regularly on local, political and consumer topics as well as tweeting about occasional music things I'm involved with or going to see. I have my own channel at Youtube and, if you subscribe there, you'll be notified when new videos are uploaded. Some are banjo videos, some are original songs; some are teaching videos - etc. Most recently a video of "Here I Am (Hineni"), from the new CD, was recorded at the SERFA conference in Mayin the wee late hours of the morning by Jeff Nuttle of World One Video. Enjoy!
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