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97.9 Bandon Community Radio's 'Deep Dive' spotlight features; Robin McKelle - Alterations

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Bandon Community Radio Producer Chip Cassin explores some of KBOG's favorite recording artists with in-depth interviews on a personal level and then airs them, along with their new music, on the show Deep Dive, Saturdays 12-2pm. The Global Artist Spotlight features; Robin McKelle "Alterations."

Vocalist Robin McKelle delves into the catalogue of some of the most celebrated women of song, interpreting these masterworks through the lens of the jazz idiom. On Alterations, McKelle follows in a long tradition of female song interpreters, lending her sultry vocal stylings to classics by a diverse list of female innovators including Dolly Parton, Sade, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Janis Joplin, Carol King, Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, and Lana Del Ray. McKelle is joined on this release by a group of consummate musicians including co-producer, pianist and arranger Shedrick Mitchell, acoustic and electric bassist Richie Goods, drummer Charles Haynes, guitarist Nir Felder.  In addition, esteemed saxophonist Keith Loftis is featured on McKelle's sole original composition on this release, "Head High"; and renowned trumpeter Marquis Hill is featured on Lana Del Rey's "Born to Die".  The first single from Alterations, McKelle's rendition of Sade's "No Ordinary Love", was released in late January. Alterations will be released on Doxie Records and distributed and marketed by the Orchard.

In the making of the album, most of McKelle's vocal tracks used on this final recording were takes she sang live with the band. On the recording process, McKelle notes "The energy and connection with the musicians was so powerful. They lifted me up and made it feel effortless. I've never felt so confident in the studio."  The energy and connection of the album overall is palpable; stunning interplay is displayed throughout each track.  Shedrick Mitchell was responsible for translating McKelle's visions for each of these tracks into arrangements for this prodigious grouping of musicians to perform.  McKelle notes "Mitchell really understood my vision and did a fabulous job helping to make the arrangements come alive. We fused jazz, soul, r&b, blues and rock all while keeping a continuity in the music."

McKelle transitions seamlessly between the emotions of every song. And makes each one her own.  To McKelle, alteration is all.  As the artist notes "when you create change, you create space for something to shift in the world and in yourself. As an artist. And as a human. And that is a change for the good."

KBOG Producer Chip Cassin sits down (virtually) with Robin, check out his interview below and have a listen to a few tracks below, and then head to Robin McKelle to get tour dates, grab your copy and find cool merch!     SEE THE PAGE