Robyn Ludwick / Press

“Robyn Ludwick did two things that will forever imprint her career: She chose not to use her illustrious maiden name, Robison, and she waited until she was good and ready to seriously pursue music. On this, her second album, she describes her songwriting as "Southern poetry with dirt floors and electric guitars," and that's spot-on, though she might consider substituting "Texas" for "Southern." When she sings, "I like my whiskey, and I like my men," on "Desire," she does so with a salty confidence that would sound less believable coming from a younger woman. Ludwick is looking 30 in the eye with a toddler on her hip, a transitional stage that makes it easy for her music to cut to the bone ("'72 Texas," "Julia Odessa"). Too Much Desire benefits from brothers Bruce and Charlie, as well as husband John Ludwick, but the album's charm and substance are pure Robyn. ”

Margaret Moser - Austin Chronicle

“Robyn Ludwick's self-released debut, For So Long, is a bracing record. She has a voice that's pure Texas twang and that emotes far beyond her years. Produced by former Bad Livers banjo boss Danny Barnes and hosting players like husband John Ludwick, Brother Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis, Champ Hood, Jon Dee Graham, and Chip Dolan, the album finds Ludwick in good company. But the test of a songwriter's mettle is in her material, and it's here that Ludwick shines. Her tunes are sharp, drenched in hardscrabble Southwestern country and Austin poetry. Her words are beautifully impure, covered in blood, bone, and marrow.”


“Her voice is full and rich, a deep contralto that is as Southern and rugged as the terrain she comes from; it goes deep like Lucinda Williams or Rosanne Cash, yet is as lonesome, rich, and expressive as Stevie Nicks at her best...It's as elegant and graceful as a straight razor; it takes no prisoners, makes no apologies. ”

All Music Guide

“Now and then, a young artist arrives with such confidence that you wonder where he or she has been hiding. In Robyn Ludwick’s case, it was in Bandera, where she learned to play, then in the anonymity of Austin’s open-mike scene, where she cut her teeth. Admittedly, she had a leg up over her peers from what she’d absorbed from her older brothers, Bruce and Charlie Robison. But Ludwick’s For So Long (self-released; available at robynludwick.com) sounds like neither of her siblings’ work. She slips into a comfortable, evocative country warble. And she’s an even better writer; despite the clumsy opener, songs like the title track, “El Dorado,” “I Am,” and “Virginia” leave you with haunting reverberations. “I would love to live my life a long time ago,” Ludwick sings, and she does seem inhabited by an old soul. Fortunately, she’s very much with us now. ”


“ The best work Robyn has ever recorded. Not as country as past records, but beautifully Americana that fits Robyn’s voice nicely. Robyn’s Brothers Bruce and Charlie Robison as well as Eliza Gilkyson add harmonies. All the songs were written by Robyn and the quality of each of them sets her mark on the map of great Americana songwriting. Too Much Desire is truly an enjoyable Americana record of great songs by a great songwriter, Very nice indeed. ”

American Music Times

“Robyn Ludwick, on her 2008 Hill-Country dipped, "Too Much Desire," sings her pretty little Texas heart out. Some part Mary Gauthier, some part Sugarland, some part country Dylan, all parts love and lust and desire, Ludwick brings it strong and true with her sophomore effort. So in all seriousness, if you are the kind of person that likes to catch a rising star, catch Ludwick's now. Her music is powerful and outside the mold of Nashville and outside the Country-Rock community of Tift Merritt, Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow. But my friend, Ludwick's "Too Much Desire," lies square within the roundhouse of Texas Hill Country-bordering-on-dark-Austin-poetry-goodness and my friend, that's good for you and I. Ludwick, my friend, is the real deal. "If Daddy's little girl's got too much Desire," well that's a good thing for you and me 'cuz we gets to listen to Ludwick's smoldering fire on "Too Much Desire." Chalk this one up as smokin'. ”