One of the few country music artists to come out of Ohio, Ryan Robinette, prides himself on showing his fans just how serious he is with his craft. His mainstream sound makes him perfect for radio as well as the mainstream picture that country music seems to draw lately. Robinette’s strong point? His songwriting. His newest track titled “For Awhile” is catchy and fresh. If you haven’t heard of Ryan Robinette, don’t worry…you will soon enough!
Where are you answering these questions from and what are you wearing?
I am answering these questions from my couch in Orlando, Florida and I’m wearing gym shorts, a t-shirt, and a ball cap (my go to for when I’m not on stage) kicked back on a day off.
What’s your official title and favorite thing about what you do?
Singer/songwriter. The thing I love most about what I do is creation, being responsible for creating something and then using it to connect with people. Music is very powerful.
What are 3 things you CANNOT live without?
Music, Nachos, & my iPhone
What’s the first concert you’ve ever attended?
I believe it was Toby Keith in Pittsburgh, outside amphitheater, the best way to attend a concert.
How long have you been playing music?
I’ve been playing guitar and writing since I was about 13 and I just turned 29 a couple months ago. I self-taught myself with the internet, just mostly so I could start to sing and write.
What’s the hardest life lesson you’ve learned?
Wow, this is tough, but I would definitely say don’t waste today, if there is something close to your heart that needs to be said or done-don’t expect that tomorrow is a given, it’s not.. it’s a gift.
Do you have a favorite restaurant or hangout spot in music city?
There are some cool places in Nashville and I’ll be moving there permanently within a couple months. I know I always end up at Winners/Losers, Tin Roof Demonbreun, or South eventually every time I go, cool spots with great atmospheres.
Beer or whiskey?
Depends on what I’m doing. Beer for hanging and watching football, concert, any long duration event. Whiskey when I go out normally or for a night cap.
Who is your favorite country singer from the 90s?
There are so many I couldn’t name them all some are still around today on the charts and some started in the 80’s and spanned through the 90’s. I can’t give one so I’ll give a few. Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, Restless Heart, Hal Ketchum, Toby Keith, George Strait, Little Texas, Brooks & Dunn, Travis Tritt, and I know I’m missing a ton but these were definitely some of my most listened to, sorry I cheated on the question. (laughs)
If you could duet with any female artist, who would you pick & why?
Again so tough because there are so many amazing female artists out right now, but would probably say Kelsea Ballerini, love all the tunes she is putting out and I think we would fit well.
Do you have a favorite place to perform?
I’ve performed a lot of places Boise, ID a couple times and I actually really loved it out there, the radio station gave me a lot of support spinning my single “For Awhile”, but any show in Ohio is fun, close to where I grew up with all my friends, and Tin Roof in Orlando is always a blast and they’ve been very supportive of my journey and growth.
What’s one gift you will never forget?
I’ll get a little sappy, but I remember a sega game that my dad got me, when I was pretty young for my birthday. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up and my dad Keith Robinette raises me and my two brothers. It was cold, my birthday is in November, and I never asked for anything really because I knew we didn’t have money, my dad never let us do without. I remember I was working outside with my dad and my uncle and when we finished my dad pulled a sega game out of his pocket that I had wanted for awhile it was NBA Jam. Remember that like yesterday because at that time we weren’t doing particularly well and I told him I didn’t want anything. I’ll never forget it, my dad is a great man.
What current event has your eyes and ears? What are you doing about it?
I always try to keep my eye on current events to the best of my ability but it’s hard to juggle with everything else. I recently endorsed Love Your Melon through my social and my manager made sure to buy up some of their stuff. I always give whenever I can, my heart goes out to all children fighting disabilities and disease because my older brother was born with Spina Bifida and is paralyzed from the waist down and I saw first hand the struggle of trying to live a normal life with such a disability, he’s always kept me humble and keeps a great attitude through all his adversity.
How do you think songwriters play a vital role in music today?
Well, I consider myself a songwriter first and foremost so this is dear to my heart. I’ve always been more intrigued by the creators of the music than the messengers even though they can be one in the same and truthfully good music relies on both the writer and the artist and should be a symbiotic relationship. I’m still amazed every time I go to Nashville because of all the amazing writers that city has and they truly fuel that city.
What’s been the highlight of your career thus far?
There have been a ton in the last 6 months, I mean I was able to open up the main stage at festivals for artists like Chris Lane, Brett Eldredge, Frankie Ballard, A Thousand Horses, Nelly, Daughtry, and Andy Grammer. Those have all been amazing but I think getting “For Awhile” to it’s first million spins on Spotify thanks to Mr. John Marks was definitely the highlight, it was a big piece of what sparked a lot of the things that followed.
You’re making your favorite sandwich… what’s on it?
Turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo. on wheat bread. Simple. Delicious.
Name one artist of any genre besides country that you are a fan of and tell us why?
I’ve always been a huge Rob Thomas/Matchbox 20 fan again mostly because of the songwriting. He is an amazing lyricist and writes ridiculous melodies. He’s also written for and with many other artists including one of my favorite Pat Green songs “Babydoll,” he truly is a one of a kind talent and has done so much to influence pop music.
What makes you laugh out loud?
A good punchline. I love listening to stand-up comedians, nothing can change your mood like hearing some great written jokes delivered perfectly.
Fill in the blank: It’s not a party until…
I walk in. Props to Kesha. (laughs)
Fill in the blank: Country music has made me…
Fall in love with lyrics and the art of crafting a great song. Country music has truly made me a much better writer and has given me opportunities I never thought I would have, looking forward to seeing where it continues to take me.
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