Robinella & the CC String Music group may be the brainchild of mandolinist Cruz Contreras, who formed the group’s precursor, the Stringbeans, in 1997 even though attending the University or college of Tennessee in Knoxville like a jazz piano main. The bluegrass band’s co-founder was vocalist/guitarist Robin Ella Tipton, looked after featured additional UT college students Jay Clark, Clint Cagle, and Joel Keebler. Adding jazz components to their audio, the Stringbeans enticed local attention, however, not enough to help keep Clark, Cagle, and Keebler from departing if they completed college. Contreras and Tipton wedded, and by 1999 that they had reconfigured the group, adding Billy Contreras on fiddle, Steve Kovalcheck on guitar, and Taylor Coker on upright bass, to create Robinella & the CC String Music group. The group developed a pursuing around Knoxville and released its initial record, Robinella & the CC String Music group (2000), and its own second, No Saint No Award (2001), on unbiased Big Gulley Information. They were after that agreed upon to Columbia Information, which released an EP, Blanket for My Spirit, selecting tracks off their previous records, in Dec 2002. Gaining nationwide publicity by touring the united states starting for Kasey Chambers, the music group released its eponymous full-length major-label Compact disc in-may 2003. 3 years later on, the music group (now going from the Robinella moniker) released its first recording for Dualtone. Solace for the Unhappy was made by Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle) and captured the group’s most concentrated audio of its profession to date.