By Dianne Austin
A special party was held last night at the Irish Mist in Sunset Beach (http://nadinesirishmist.net.) Robby Armstrong, the So Cal Country Rock music icon was celebrating the release of his new CD, and needless to say, he had a lot of people on hand to help him do it! With his new video displayed up on the monitor above the stage (featuring a special song entitled Birthday Happy from his new album) the place was rockin' even before Armstrong decided to pick up his guitar and play!
Robby's wife Chimene was there to meet and greet everyone and her gracious, bubbly charm makes any party a success right from the get-go. Chimene's efforts towards making the event memorable and her huge support for her husband's body of work were palpable. Her beauty, combined with a salt-of-the-earth, accessible spirit, was one of the mainstays of the night. Everyone's heard the saying that goes “Behind every great man. . .," well, Chimene Armstrong is one of those women!
Birthday Happy may not only be the hit of the season, it could become a built-in standard in everyone's lives from this point on! You might just want to say goodbye to singing Happy Birthday to You when someone celebrates. That's just old hat and pedantic! So what do you sing to the person who is coming of age (whatever “age” that may be?) Well, you sing Birthday Happy of course, what else?! The song was written by Robby Armstrong and Songwriter/Producer Darrell Brown and it's a little bit Country, a little bit Rock 'n Roll. Go to You Tube to view the Birthday Happy video. It's a veritable kick in the pants that'll leave you reeling from all those smashed cakes AND it'll give you a preview of the kind of music you'll be acquiring when you purchase Robby's new album!
Later on in the evening Robby Armstrong gave us some of that s___ -kicking, rock-your-socks off sound that is so indelibly his own. On-hand to help him deliver the tunes was none other than the delightful fiddle player Emily Kilimnik. A member of the Robby Armstrong band for a couple of years now, Emily has been developing her artistry and is coming into her own. A big plus for folks going out to see Armstrong and his band on a Friday or Saturday night has been that they get to watch and listen to Kilimnik play that fiddle, and if you've been a fan of theirs week after week, then you've been witnessing another star in the making!
Armstrong and Kilimnik were quite the duo last night giving us some of Robby's standards like Suspicion, All Hat and No Cowboy, and Let's Go Rodeo. Everyone in the house wanted to get up and dance. And so they did—making it seem like one giant mass of people moving and gyrating all together, all at once!
Therein lies the essence of why Armstrong has been much loved and so successful. He DOES something to people with his music. It's not only the sound and the strains, it's the words--the intense feelings that come from them! It's the messages and the heart he puts into his songs that make people keep coming back for more! Oh, and what might be mentioned here as well--make no mistake about it--it's also the man! Robby is eloquent, but not flowery; chivalrous, but not affected. He's got a dual appeal for both men and women. For the guys, Armstrong comes across with a Scott's-heritage masculinity that translates to the good-time pubs and inns of yesterday, yet there's also an adorable, mischievous Nashville-Cali charm that grabs the heart of all the So Cal women he meets! Robby loves his fans and that love is felt by men and women, young and old, alike.
So now here's more!! His new album—Robby Armstrong—was just released on i-Tunes yesterday! Don't wait. Go get a copy today!
Visit http://www.robbyarmstrong.net for show dates and bio. You can find Robby on Facebook as well.