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Robin Lee: Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric), Vocals

Genre: Acoustic, Pop, Rock

RIYL: Jewel

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  • Blurt · April 16, 2008

Synoposis

Influences: Jewel, Sheryl Crow, Carole King, Laura Nyro, Janis Ian

Background:

Robin Lee just released a ten-song CD, thanks to a total stranger who saw her perform at a Tuesday night open mike at Portugalia in O.B.

“I didn’t put out a dime,” says Lee, who says a man named Ray Peterssen paid for the studio time at Strate Sound in Santee. He also covered the costs for nine other local musicians to play on the album, including members of Lady Dottie and the Diamonds, Eve Selis’s band, and fiddle/banjo player Dennis Caplinger.

Lee even gets to keep the money when she sells a CD.

“When he handed me my CDs, I said, ‘What the hell?’ ” says Lee.

Here’s the catch: as outlined in a signed agreement, Peterssen gets 50 percent of all the publishing royalties should any of her songs get picked up for use in a soundtrack or TV commercial or is recorded by a major artist. That agreement lasts for five years.

“That sounds a little high, but I’ve heard worse,” says attorney Sandy Troy, who has knowledge of such agreements. “We’re not talking the Beatles or Van Morrison here. I’ve heard of worse agreements.”

Lee, a mother of four grown children, reasons she has nothing to lose. One of the songs on the new album, Federal Time, was inspired by her 18-month prison stint that ended in 2001. “I went down hard. It was about weed and money in two states.”

Peterssen says he is set financially through his military pension and from the sale of his touring production company Avocado Productions. He says he spent less than $10,000 on Lee’s record.

“I know a good song when I hear one,” says Peterssen . “Artists like Robin are few and far between. I can take a chance like this. I’ve made my money in my life. This is almost a hobby for me.” He says he will personally try and get Lee’s songs licensed for use.

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