Wadena native releasing first CD
Folk singer and songwriter Caitlin Robertson, a Wadena native, is releasing her first album.
"Coyote Blues" is set to go on sale Dec. 30. Robertson is also planning a 2012 EP entitled "Wintersong."
"Lucinda William is my biggest influence," Robertson said. She described her music as folk, country, rock and a bit of pop.
"I've been writing songs for... almost ten years now, and I've been wanting to record for a long time. People kept asking me 'When are you going to have a CD?' and finally I decided to do it," she said.
Robertson will perform at Harvest Thyme Bistro on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 6 to 8 p.m, in what will be the first of several parties related to her album release.
She is also one of the artists scheduled to perform at the Dec. 21 Solstice Festival at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center.
Both events are before the CD release date, but Robertson said she would take pre-orders.
The album, recorded at Wild Sound Studio in Minneapolis with the help of a Five Wings Arts Council grant, is partly inspired by experiences in different geographic places.
"I focused on landscape in a lot of the songs," Robertson said. "This sense of longing for something that might not be there."
Other release parties take place Dec. 30 at The Amsterdam in St. Paul, Jan. 11 at the Kitty Cat Klub in Minneapolis and Jan. 21 at Beaner's Central in Duluth.
The EP "Wintersong" is planned for 2012, and Robertson is raising money for the project on her Kickstarter page, www.kickstarter.com/projects/304146191/caitlin-robertson-wintersong-ep
Kickstarter is a website to fund creative projects with reward incentives for donors and an all-or-nothing goal to reach. If the artist does not reach his or her fundraising goal by the given deadline, none of the financial backers are charged for their pledges.
Robertson is trying to raise $3,000 by Jan. 8 to record the album.
Robertson has made informal recordings and done other local performances, including at Old Wadena Rendezvous near Staples and the former Little Round Hill at the downtown Bernauer Building as part of the La Tabula Rasa cover band.
"I love playing outside by the Crow Wing," she said of the Old Wadena venue.
Robertson's parents, Jamie and Sally Robertson, moved to town when Caitlin was about a year old. She grew up in Wadena and graduated from WDC in 1998.
Robertson was involved in band and choir during high school and participated in music at St. Olaf College, even though it wasn't her
major, and played guitar. She has lived in several different states -- which she said goes into her album's sense of place. Robertson currently lives in the Twin Cities and has a master's degree in education.
More information can be found on her website at www.caitlinrobertsonmusic.com