Sara Robinson has never felt more at home, whether it’s with her bluesy-rock sound or her band members.
“This is the most excited I’ve ever been throughout my musical journey,” Robinson says. “This is everything I’ve ever wanted in terms of band members and music. I have the perfect group right now.”
All of this is packaged into the act’s second album, the appropriately monikered Only Home.
“It feels like this band and this music we’re creating is my home,” says the Glendale native. “The guys can relate to that as well. Where ever you go in life, whatever happens, music is our safe zone. You’re at home.”
She and her band – guitarist Yod Paul, drummer Stan Bosch and bassist PC Cardone – will celebrate the release at Last Exit Live on Saturday, January 19.
“We’re not going to have any other artists on the bill,” she says. “It’s going to be a night of Sara Robinson Band. At the door, we’re going to hand out pamphlets – almost like playbills – with what you’re going to expect.”
Fans can expect to hear her first album in its entirety, an intermission, five acoustic songs, an intermission and all of Only Home.
“We’re going to do everything Sara Robinson Band is and ever was,” she says with a laugh. “It’s going to be neat and different.”
Robinson was born and raised in Glendale while her band members are from Tempe. She attended Ironwood High School briefly before she persuaded her parents to home school her so she could pursue music.
“I would go to open mic nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays to learn the craft and be up until about 3 or 4 in the morning,” she recalls. “It became too hard to go to normal school. My parents said they loved me and supported me, and they’ve been there ever since.”
She honed those skills at the Satisfied Frog, Harold’s and “all the little cute places in Cave Creek.”
“I put my feelers out there and learned how to play to a crowd, and learned what a 12-bar blues turnaround even meant,” she adds. “That was when I was 15 to maybe 16 or 17. I was networking and did a couple projects throughout the years and had some pretty good success.”
Thanks to her drummer father, Robinson, 25, grew up on “great music,” influenced by Paul Rodgers, Bonnie Raitt, Amy Winehouse, Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight. Equally as inspirational were Robert Plant and the Allman Brothers.
“Dirty, gritty Southern rock is what I hold on to,” she says.
For Only Home, Robinson recorded the drums and bass at Stem Recording Studio with Curtis Grippe. Bosch handled the rest of it.
“He had this secret talent of being an amazing producer,” Robinson says of Bosch. “He said, ‘Let me try and record some of these.’ It sounded like another awesome record that had been professionally done. This was his first take on recording a full album. It was incredible.”
Ask Robinson what she would like to accomplish and she’s stumped. A year ago, she would have said an album like Only Home.
“I grew up on all these different influences and journeys throughout my music,” she says. “I was looking for my home and what fits perfectly, in terms of my sound, the songs I write, and the people I’m around. It would be this album.”
Sara Robinson Band, Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix, 602.271.7000, lastexitlive.com, 8 p.m. Saturday, January 19, $10-$20.