Robyn Ludwick: CD Release
Sit in on Robyn Ludwick’s CD release.
Now four critically acclaimed albums into her career, the Wimberley-based singer-songwriter has distinguished herself over the last decade as one of the most ferociously compelling voices not only in her native Lone Star State, but across the wider Americana landscape both home and abroad.
But considering the fact that she didn’t start writing songs until she was 31 years old begs the question: What took her so long? Or, as Texas Monthly put it more tactfully in a review of Ludwick’s 2005 debut, For So Long, “Now and then, a young artist arrives with such confidence that you wonder where he or she has been hiding.”
Of course, confident and even staggeringly good debut albums are not unheard of — especially in a genre that’s produced such time-tested classics as Guy Clark’s Old No. 1, Steve Earle’s Guitar Town and the self-titled debuts from John Prine and Willis Alan Ramsey.
But For So Long carried an extra element of surprise given that Ludwick, far from coming out of nowhere, just happened to be the previously unheard-from “kid” sister of two of the most respected and/or notorious Texas singer-songwriters of their generation, Bruce and Charlie Robison.
By extension, that also made her the sister-in-law of Americana darling Kelly Willis and a Dixie Chick (Emily Robison) — not to mention the wife of in-demand studio and road bassist John “Lunchmeat” Ludwick.
As “musical families” go, that’s a veritable full house spilling out onto the front lawn. But Robyn, ever the rebel at heart, started out on a very different path.