Big Island singer-songwriter Robert Savery has just released a new album titled Homemade. The 16-track collection consists of songs written and recorded in Savery’s home studio during 2020. The music covers a range of styles that tell stories and inspirations of life on Hawaii Island. Several local musicians and singers contributed their talents to the album as well.
Savery’s wife Irene sings harmony throughout the album and is featured on the romantic duet “Honeybee” and “Tell Me.” Hilo singer Julian Hunter sings the harmony parts on “Media Luna,” while Kona singer/songwriter Kristin Lagasse joins the other two women for the romping bluegrass tune “Far and Wide,” which also features famous banjo player Rolf Sieker. The amazing slide guitar solo on the song “Hello Microphone” is played by Joe Davies who lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a longtime friend and old Savery Brothers band member. Robert plays guitars, ukulele, and percussion. “I had a lot of fun making this record while experimenting with some of the new digital tools available to today’s sound engineers,” adds Savery.
Growing up on Oahu, Savery got his start writing a Mother’s Day poem in the fourth grade at Maunawili Elementary, which ended up being published in the Honolulu Advertiser. After high school, Robert joined his brother Richard in San Diego and formed The Savery Brothers Band, a six-piece group specializing in Americana style music touring around the U.S. Since then, Robert has had a long music career, winning a number of songwriting contests and music awards, including “Marlboro Country Music Band of the Year” and second place in Billboard International songwriting contest. He twice has been named San Diego Entertainer of the year. Robert co-wrote songs with such prominent songwriters as Jack Tempchin (Eagles songwriter) and Robby Long (writer for Whitney Houston and Kenny Rogers).
Robert has recorded six previous albums: two with Savery Brothers Band, a Blues album, and Homemade is his third singer/songwriter album.
Savery currently lives on the Puna Coast of the Big Island. Like many musicians, this last year of COVID-19 lockdowns has forced him to take a pause from music gigs and rehearsals to focus on writing and recording. “I write every day as a kind of personal creative therapy, a lot of which ends up in the trash, but every so often a song is born that says more than I expected,” notes Savery.
The talented performer is looking forward to a time when he can play live gigs again and share some new magic moments with live audiences and fellow musicians.
Photo: Steve Roby