Dana Robbins' So So Good, her 2010 debut, is a jazzy, R&B collection; the new album was going to be a rootsier, more down-home affair, one that reflected the broad range of her influences, from the classic bop of Cannonball Adderly, the gritty soul of Maceo Parker and King Curtis, to the more modern style of Michael Brecker.
To accomplish this, she turned to the musicians she felt most comfortable with—the other members of Delbert McClinton’s band: Michael Joyce on bass; SESAC award-winning guitarist Rob McNelley; Kevin McKendree on keyboards. She even tapped Tom Hambridge, the band’s drummer at the time, and Grammy Award-winning producer for Buddy Guy, B.B. King, and Susan Tedsechi, to produce the album. “He’s at the top of his game,” she says, “I couldn’t imagine anyone else. I trust him 100%.”