I’ll be the first one to admit, I had no idea who Robby Armstrong was until this afternoon, when I opened my mailbox and there was a CD featuring his debut single, “Rodeo”. It was accompanied by a press release that is full of information about this country artist. The first thing I found out, is that while he is new to me, he’s actually been entertaining crowds for more than 30 years.
Robby already has a lot of fans out on the West Coast, and with a little luck, his new single will find its way to radio, and bring him even more. I really want you all to go to his web site, and listen to the music he has there. I probably shouldn’t say this, but I’m going to – He has a song on there called “Married Man” that I absolutely love . From the very first note, this one sounds like ‘California country music.’ It reminds me so much of Dwight Yoakam – or at least of something that Dwight might have done. If I were the one picking a debut single for Robby Armstrong – I would have picked “Married Man.” I like “Rodeo”, and I like “Smokin’ N Drinkin’,” which is also on his web site. But, there is just no doubt, “Married Man” is my favorite Robby Armstrong song.
You can all watch Robby’s video for “Rodeo” by clicking here.
Below is the press release I received about Robby. It will give you a nice introduction to him, and his music.
Written by Armstrong and Darrel Brown, the toe-tapping track is Robby’s first single from his forthcoming 2013 full-length album, which is additionally produced by Brown (LeAnn Rimes, Ty Herndon, Radney Foster).
“The song is a rowdy, joyful rocker,” said Armstrong. “It captures that special moment of when you are doing exactly what it is that makes you excited in life. It’s about having fun and being in good spirits.”
A dance remix for the song has also been created and is circulating through line dance clubs across the country.
As a dedicated and passionate musician with more than 30 years of experience, Robby Armstrong weaves elements of Alternative Country, with its warm melodies and heartfelt lyrics, and an exciting playing style into a sound that is uniquely his own.
“Robby Armstrong sounds like the illegitimate child of Neil Young, Neil Diamond, Glen Campbell and John Mellencamp, all in one,” said talent manager, Rick Yorn.
Armstrong currently resides in Huntington Beach, Calif., and is pursuing his first love: Country music. He feels he has come full circle and found a place where he can write, play and produce a great country album. While his music lends itself to the Alternative Country-Rock genre, Armstrong is confident traditional Country music lovers will not be disappointed by his style.
Robby has three songs, including “Rodeo” in the upcoming feature film, Gambit (featuring Cameron Diaz, Colin Firth) wherein he and his band make a cameo appearance. The songs are also feature don the official soundtrack.
Additionally, “Rodeo” is also featured in The Sims video game and has been heard at Angels’ stadium as the Los Angeles Angels’ rally song.
“Rodeo” is available on iTunes and other major digital music outlets.
The press release is right. All of you who have been reading Country’s Chatter for the last six years know that I am a traditional country music fan. No one loves that older, traditional sound more than I do. And, I do like Robby Armstrong – a lot! I think all of you will, too.
In addition to his web site, make sure you visit his facebook page. You can follow him on Twitter, too, @Robby_Armstrong. Now go – get over there to his web site and listen to his music. Make sure you listen to “Married Man,” and let me know what you think of that one – and all of Robby’s music. I like him. Hoping he jets out this direction sometime soon, as I would love to go to one of his shows, (and a trip to California is definitely not in my immediate future).
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