Bio & Press

Look for Robyn’s latest, Little Rain produced by Gurf Morlix, scheduled for release on July 15, 2014. Critics agree that Robyn’s writing is the “Best of Americana and Best of Texas”. Robyn has recently been referred to as “The Queen of Modern Texas Country Soul’ and “the most formidable songwriter of the Robisons”.

Out of these Blues, which was voted No. 1 Album of 2011 by Texas Music Scene, and Top 10 Album of the 2011 by Austin City Limits, No Depression, 93.3 KGSR, and Texas Music Magazine! Robyn was also voted a Top 10 Female Musician of 2011 by No Depression and Top 10 Best Song of 2011 by No Depression and Texas Music Scene.

Out of These Blues features a dizzying cast, including Producer/Multi-instrumentalist Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Blaze Foley), Ian “Mac” MacLagan (Small Faces, Faces, Rolling Stones), John Ludwick, Eddie Cantu, Gene Elders (George Strait, Lyle Lovett), Trish Murphy and Slaid Cleaves.

“The Queen of Modern Texas Country Soul” - No Depression

“The most formidable writer of the Robsions.” - Lone Star Music Magazine

“Robyn’s songs go straight to where she aims them, be it the heart, the bone, or the muscle. She is absolutely one of the bravest & most gifted writers I know and that we have here.”
- Walt Wilkins

“Robyn’s is a seriously expressive voice – both as a songwriter and as a singer. I hear centuries of truth in there.”
- Gurf

“Robyn Ludwick writes songs you either wish you’d written or would swear you grew up with, like a Polaroid from 1966 you’ve seen a thousand times. If it’s in the water, then she’s on the same rope swing as Harper Lee and Gillian Welch.”
- Trish Murphy

Bio

Many a green song writer has squeezed callow lyric from near-empty diaries, hoping that one day life might catch up with their words. Robyn Ludwick entered the world of song primed by years of life lived. When pen did come to paper, it teemed with ink–and was driven by a hand softened by love and strengthened by life.

Her earliest nights found her sprawled across the folding chairs of many a Hill Country dancehall, eyelids closing on her grandparents, as they twirled each other over creaky wooden floors. Her older brothers would grow to be Two of Texas’ favorite sons, Bruce and Charlie Robison.

While her schoolmates were embracing the rituals of small-town Texas; Robyn was teaching herself guitar and sneaking off to Austin, immersing herself in the city’s wealth of live music.  Eventually she’d settle there, where rent was paid working the door at the world famous Continental Club. Robyn shared many a lean meal with her brothers in those South Austin days. From their Goodwill couch, she plotted a stable future for her and the family she hoped to one day have. She shelved dreams of a career in music and enrolled in The University of Texas School of Engineering and eventually took work in that field. Just after she and husband John “Lunchmeat” Ludwick had their first child, and felt their road had been paved, Robyn was laid off. The intensity of such life changes woke Robyn’s sleeping songwriter.

“It just pretty much poured out at that point. I guess it was time, you know.”  Robyn cashed in her pension, and dove headlong into her craft.

The critics agreed that it was time, as 2005’s For So Long , Produced by the legendary Danny Barnes of Bad Livers, was named a top 10 album of the year by both the Austin Chronicle, and renowned Austin public radio station KUT-FM. It went to No. 1 on the Euro-Americana Music Chart and earned her a raved-about SXSW 2006 showcase (sponsored by No Depression, the Americana magazine), and a slot at the 2006 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

After many acclaimed performances for American and European audiences, Robyn got to work on her second album. Too Much Desire, another set of soulful originals. Released in 2008 to many a stunning review, contributions from Grammy nominee Eliza Gilkyson, Rich Brotherton, Mike Hardwick and more, coalesce with a timeless execution on Robyn’s part, the effect of which is, as AllMusic puts it: “…elegant and graceful as a straight razor; it takes no prisoners, makes no apologies. In other words, it’s just drop-dead gorgeous.”

Out of These Blues, features a dizzying cast, including Producer/Multi-instrumentalist Gurf Morlix (Lucinda Williams, Blaze Foley), Ian “Mac” MacLagan (Small Faces, Faces, Rolling Stones), John Ludwick, Eddie Cantu, Gene Elders (George Strait, Lyle Lovett), Trish Murphy and Slaid Cleaves.

Look for Robyn’s latest set of originals, Little Rain (Producer/Multi-instrumentalist Gurf Morlix) when it hits the rack July 2014.

Press Resources

 2014 Robyn Ludwick One Sheet

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