True to her name, Robinella makes music that dips and soars like a bird. She flits from tree to tree in the forest of music styles: country, jazz, folk, pop. Think of her as a Norah Jones in reverse. Where Jones touches up her laid-back piano jazz with a little twangy pop, the Tennessee-based Robinella injects jazz and pop into her Smoky Mountain music.
After going by the name Robinella & the CC String Band on earlier releases, she used just her name (a combination of her first and middle names) for her 2006 Dualtone debut, Solace for the Lonely. Her husband, Cruz Contreras, still leads her versatile band, which swings and sashays a little more than it picks and plucks. A clue to her boho Americana sound is that the sole cover on Solace is "Brand New Key" by '70s folkie Melanie. Sharing the bill are the Greencards, an up-and-coming trio of Aussie and English ex-pats, who cross-pollinate their bluegrass with Celtic and country elements.