Robyn Ludwick

Robyn Ludwick

BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Singer-songwriter Robyn Ludwick has a voice that bears resemblance to a young Lucinda Williams or Stevie Nicks and a musical sensibility that is "beautifully impure, covered in blood, bone and marrow".

Biography


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.”
Look for Robyn’s latest, Out of these Blues, when it hits the rack this year. It 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.

Lyrics

Hollywood

Written By: Robyn Elise Ludwick

HOLLYWOOD by Robyn Ludwick
I found out a long time ago
That I wish you were here
And I wish you could know
That baby I’m goin’ crazy
Out and down
And I wish you were here right now

But she left me for Hollywood
Ah don’t you know
It feels so good in Hollywood
The pain don’t hit you
Like it do here
When you’re in Hollywood
Baby don’t cry
And with that look in her eye
She don’t understand it
With that look in her eye
She don’t know nothin bout love
With that look in her eye
She’s gone for good

I’m goin’ crazy
And lord only knows
Does he take her for granted?
Is she all alone?
And she’s barely 18
But it doesn’t show
And I wish she was here
Cause I’d let her know

But she left me for Hollywood
Ah don’t you know
It feels so good in Hollywood
The pain don’t hit you
Like it do here
When you’re in Hollywood
My Baby don’t cry
And with that look in her eye
She don’t understand it
With that look in her eye
She don’t know nothin bout love
With that look in her eye
She’s gone for good

Should I give up
Should I go down town tonight
Should I go crazy on the Boulevard
And Love don’t come easy, baby
Love don’t come easy baby, don’t go

Cause she left me for Hollywood
Ah don’t you know
It feels so good in Hollywood
Well the pain don’t hit you
Like it do here
When you’re in Hollywood
My baby don’t cry
And with that look in her eye
She don’t understand it
With that look in her eye
She don’t know nothin’ bout love
With that look in her eye
She’s gone for good

Discography

This album features 11 original songs by Robyn, expertly backed by Austin all-stars such as Mike Hardwick, John Ludwick, Andrew Nafziger, Eddie Cantu, Michael Ramos, Rich Brotherton, and Warren Hood to name a few. Contributing vocals on selected tracks are Eliza Gilkyson, Karen Poston, Warren Hood, Eleanor Whitmore, and Charlie and Bruce Robison. Too Much Desire was recorded at Premium Sound Recordings studio in Austin, Texas.

Ludwick’s first album, For So Long, released in 2005, was named a top 10 album of the year by the Austin Chronicle and influential Austin public radio station KUT-FM and went to No. 1 on the Euro Americana Music Chart. It earned her a raved-about SXSW 2006 showcase (sponsored by No Depression, the Americana magazine) and a slot at the ’06 Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Enclosed are three select tracks from Too Much Desire from singer-songwriter Robyn Ludwick, which is scheduled to be released in February 2008. Too Much Desire was produced by John Ludwick and Mike Hardwick and combines elements of roots music with rock and roll to create a truly unique sound - tunes she describes as “tender and tough; Southern poetry with dirt floors and electric guitars.”

Set List

95% original material