Sara Robinson and The Midnight Special Know Their Musical Roots

It's been said that in order to truly sing the blues, it's necessary to have experienced a lifetime of blues material -- a broken heart, tragedy, hopelessness. So when you hear about an incredible blues musician, what usually comes to mind is an image of elderly Junior Kimbrough or Etta James. What rarely pops up is a 20-year-old woman from Tempe with flowing brown locks and tattoos. That girl is Sara Robinson, and your impressions will change after you see her perform.

People may assume that the blues come naturally to an older generation, but that isn't always the case. Yes, it's true that R.L. Burnside dealt with the murder of his family and poverty by the time he began recording in his mid-40s. But Howlin' Wolf started playing in the '20s, when he was just 20 years old himself. More than 80 years later, the blues are still circulating within the mainstream -- especially among young performers.

Sara Robinson and the Midnight Special is scheduled to perform Saturday, June 29, at Last Exit Live.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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