Emily Scott Robinson
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Emily Scott Robinson

Greensboro, NC | Established. Jan 01, 2015 | INDIE

Greensboro, NC | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2015
Solo Americana Folk




"10 New Country, Americana Artists You Need to Know"

Sounds Like: Country-folk songs about America in all its pain and glory with the literate, Southern gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor
For Fans of: Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Townes Van Zandt
Why You Should Pay Attention: Having lived a true wanderer’s life in an RV for the last three years, Emily Scott Robinson has seen and studied nearly every corner of American life. She pours all that experience into Traveling Mercies, her upcoming debut with Brooklyn Basement Records, the title track for which was included in a segment of NPR’s The World on immigration and the travel ban after host Marco Werman heard her perform it at SXSW. “At the time, I didn’t have a recording of the song because I’d just written it, so I went to a friend’s home recording studio in Austin that night and we stayed up late recording the first version of ‘Traveling Mercies’ ever heard on the radio,” says Robinson.
She Says: In “The Dress,” Robinson gives a gut-wrenching account of her sexual assault, along with the self-doubt, anxiety and depression that followed in its wake. “I thought there was something wrong with me that I couldn’t just deal with it and move on,” she says. “With ‘The Dress,’ I wanted to write a song that spoke to other victims in their aftermath. I peeled back all the layers of my own story and wrote from the visceral and dark memories of my year after assault. Healing from trauma is never a straight line — it’s a crooked path that goes slowly and often loops back on itself — but it helps to know we are not alone.”
Hear for Yourself: “The Dress” is a delicate ballad that belies its intense subject matter, delivered by Robinson in a voice that is both trembling and defiant. J.F. - Rolling Stone

"Billboard Premieres "The Dress""

Billboard premieres "The Dress" from Emily Scott Robinson's new album, "Traveling Mercies." - Billboard

"Emily Scott Robinson Winds Down a Road of Folk Truths on "Traveling Mercies""

Emily Scott Robinson’s Traveling Mercies defines the notion of a pure folk album, as she conveys the simple beauty of life across 12 reflective songs.
While the first half of the album finds Robinson making intrinsic observations — whether describing herself as a “White Hot Country Mess” who pays her dues on the road with a Gibson guitar and self-penned songs or wistfully capturing small town life as she journeys across the country to reconnect with a missing piece of herself — Robinson uses these songs as a launching point to gain deeper insight into life’s obstacles. She encourages women to own their worth and abandon the desire to impress those who fail to recognize their value on “Pie Song,” a modest title that carries heavy meaning. In it, Robinson shares a line of stark truth: “Nothing you can make can make you good enough / if you’re cooking for a man who doesn’t love you.”
She continues to keep women at the forefront with “The Dress,” which tells the story of a sexual assault she endured at age 22 and grapples with its aftermath: “Was there some sign I ignored / was there even time to run from that storm?” Another powerful song is “Shoshone Rose,” with Robinson spinning a captivating tale about a conquering woman from the Shoshone tribe who “took a vow that she’d never rest until she’d run the white man out.” Backed by a stormy melody, Robinson weaves a gripping image that keeps the listener immersed in the story of this unwavering character.

Throughout the album, Robinson turns each song into an engaging journey, particularly on “Run,” which centers around domestic violence. Here she creates the intriguing narrative of a woman who ends the life of her abusive husband, drawing on potent words to put the listener in her position: “He’s the kind of thunderstorm that takes all day to brew / I was always in the way when he’d come tearing through.”
Even when dealing with a theme as somber as death, Robinson harbors the creativity to transform it into a positive outlook. “Overalls” brings a colorful spirit to a man whose days on earth are coming to an end. But rather than feeling defeated, he calls on his family to reflect on his life from an uplifting perspective: “Don’t dress in black and don’t let me see you cry / I’m not afraid, I’m just heading home / and it’s time to let me go,” Robinson sings with sincerity. True to her artistry, Robinson sends the listener off with a sense of hopefulness on the title track, closing the album with a unifying message to wanderers around the world: “Traveling mercies, may love bring you home.”
Robinson uses Traveling Mercies — a title that alludes to the miles racked up in the RV she calls home as well as a more metaphorical sort of movement — as an opportunity to produce honest, humble folk music, honoring the purity that makes the genre so distinct. As she naturally transitions from the lessons she’s learned in life to taking on challenging subject matters in a compelling way, Robinson proves herself to be a graceful, yet convincing storyteller. - No Depression

"Album Review- Emily Scott Robinson's "Traveling Mercies""

From North Carolina, singer and songwriter Emily Scott Robinson has released a remarkable work of cutting autobiographical stories mixed with brilliant works of fiction that even from this early perspective in the calendar year can confidently be presented as one that will challenge for one of the best collections of songs released in all of 2019. With stunning insight, masterful use of character and setting, and tastefully sparse but complete and fulfilling arrangements, a journey through Traveling Mercies makes you a changed human with lessons learned, perspectives expanded, and moments cherished, not dissimilar to the experience of taking a long road trip across the country following a loose itinerary of friends to visit and places to see.

First releasing an 8-song collection of acoustic songs called Magnolia Queen in 2016, Emily Scott Robinson appeared on the radar to many of those who seek to be emotionally devastated by songwriting in the country and roots realm. As auspicious of a start as it was, Magnolia Queen was also a little too short and austere in production to be more than a primer. However Traveling Mercies is nearly perfect in its length, scope, and arrangements, announcing Emily Scott Robinson as an important songwriter of our time, and one where the attention of the country and roots music community should be focused, and dwell.

A travel record at heart, with stories that enchant your perspective similar to the heightened senses that speeding down the highway and taking in new scenery imparts, songs like “Westward Bound” and “White Hot Country Mess” make for enjoyable listens. But this is just the canvas that Emily Scott Robinson stretches taut to create space for her most brilliant master strokes of expression, including in moments where her songwriting becomes so cutting, cunning, poignant, and resonant, it’s only fair to characterize it as authoritative in quality.

For many devoted music listeners, songs from their most beloved artists commonly go on to become the delineating guideposts for momentous moments in their lives. Whenever they revisit a song, it immediately gives rise to the memory of the breakup, the new love found, the nerve-racking move across country or career change, or the death of a loved one that paralleled the song’s introduction into their lives. For the artists who actually compose these songs, this phenomenon is even more pronounced and emotionally intimate as they bare their souls and most personal experiences for all the world to behold and interpret as they wish. It is their deepest personal moments set to music, with maybe some allegory mixed in or names changed to protect the innocent. At least, this is usually the mark of the best, most haunting selections from an artist’s body of work.

In the case of Traveling Mercies, it feels like Emily Scott Robinson has composed an entire record of these conveyed intimacies, from the quiet desperation and fading hopefulness of the traveling and couch-surfing musician in “Borrowed Rooms and Old Wood Floors,” to coming to the conclusion that your best will never be good enough for some in the “Pie Song,” to the the tragic recount of an unwanted sexual episode in “The Dress,” to the death of a grandparent in “Overalls,” the listener has no need to suspend disbelief or to ask for help connecting the dots when it comes to the songs of Emily Scott Robinson. In an economy of words and sounds, she conveys as many details as necessary for you to walk in her shoes, or the shoes of her characters and feel the full breadth of their experience. Even in the story of a Native American assassin called “Shoshone Rose,” it feels less like fiction, and more like a previous life Emily Scott is singing about through seance.

But words are just one dimension to music. In the case of Emily Scott Robinson, it’s also the simple, but luscious guitar melodies and the chord movements that really charm the emotion out of each verse, and send these stories soaring on waves of compelling virtue. This album doesn’t request your quiet attentiveness, it imposes it through its efforts. Some of the songs are just Emily and a guitar, but only when such an arrangement is called for. Similarly, smart accompaniments are layered upon with care. It’s a quiet album, but one that roars for your attention, and is just as fair to call country as anything, though it’s appeal will stretch well into the roots and Americana realm and beyond.

Traveling Mercies is not a concept record, but it has the same enveloping effect of one in the way the travel notions bind the songs together, how the songs score such an emotional impact, and how all the efforts equal something greater than the sum of their parts. Those concerned about the social issues facing women should take note on how the songs “The Dress” and “Run” go so much further in conveying a message than simple anger or assertion threaded into melody and rhyme. On a record where accessibility and the need for a breather from such heavy moments is necessary, “White Hot Country Mess” works great in this capacity.

Not dissimilar to how you often recall your most warmest or touching memories in quiet moments of reflection, an open heart will entrust similar moments to pondering the stories of Traveling Mercies. Because in an era full of noise and ever-present distraction and priority, this is an album worth slowing down for, reflecting upon, and cherishing fondly. - Saving Country Music

"American Songwriter Q+A"

Q+A with Emily Scott Robinson about the making of her new album, "Traveling Mercies." - American Songwriter

"The World's Music Features: Emily Scott Robinson"

"Traveling Mercies"

Emily Scott Robinson was one of the artists World host Marco Werman met at this year's South by Southwest music festival in Austin. She talked to Marco about her new song, "Traveling Mercies." Since President Donald Trump has called for a travel ban, the song has taken on a whole new meaning for her. - The World - Public Radio International


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North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson has traveled a quarter million miles and counting, paying her dues along the dusty highways of America’s wild country in the RV she calls home. Along the way, she’s captured the stories of the people she met and expertly crafted them into the songs featured on her gorgeous debut studio release, “Traveling Mercies.” Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country and Americana Artists You Need to Know” for 2019, Robinson also received critical acclaim from Billboard, No Depression, and American Songwriter for the stories captured on her new album. 

The diner where the waitress knows everyone by name. The World War II veteran reflecting on the end of his life. The windswept trailer park where people prefer to keep their curtains closed. As she meditates on human frailty and the power of resilience, Robinson is at times vulnerable, at others, defiant and absolutely free. Rolling Stone called “Traveling Mercies” a collection of “country-folk songs about America in all its pain and glory with the literate, Southern gothic sensibility of Flannery O’Connor.” Robinson is on the rise with her new record— a tour de force from an elegant chronicler of her own existence and those of her fellow humans.

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