Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way shall we. Here are some things I dug last year in no particular order
Robyn Ludwick – Out Of These Blues (get it here)
Now I know I said no particular order, but this here was definitely my most favorite album from last year, and it held that title for the better part of the year too. Just a damn fine album, produced by Gurf Morlix, and full of that “grit, groove, and tone” he is famous for. Not to mention the songwriting, if the album only featured the title track I would still feel the need to mention it here. Now I know you guys know that song as I’ve posted it here before and it was on last spring’s Truersounds comp, check out this video below of Robyn in the studio teaching the song to her band…just beautiful.
I love every song on this fine album, I love the production, I love the songwriting, I love the playing, I love that it’s available on vinyl, I even love how the cover is an homage to Late For The Sky. When I first heard this album I stated that Robyn had a voice that I wished I could have sex with. That may sound crass, but at least I didn’t get the depression over it like Jimi.
Some of the songs call to mind Lucinda, but there is sweetness to her singing that goes beyond the gritty sultriness and sets her apart. Robyn certainly belongs up there with artists such as Lucinda, Kathleen Edwards, Eliza Gilkyson, Betty Soo, Julie Miller, Kasey Chambers, et al. That is to say, she is damn good at what she does and worthy of your attention. I feel I should talk more about this album, but hell just listen to a couple of the songs below and that will save me a lot of typing. The fantastically written “New Orleans” and the very Robison-esque “Can’t Go Back”