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Robyn Landis | Many Moons

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Many Moons

by Robyn Landis

A writer's writer--deft, fiercely intelligent and vulnerable; an articulate voice reflecting unusual depth and literacy. Her courageous, honest and heartfelt songs are infused with warm, intimate vocals and irresistible folk-pop-Americana melodies.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Jamison Brown
2:14 album only
2. Dry Rain, Calm Wind
4:34 album only
3. Losing Sleep
3:04 album only
4. Hey Dog
4:16 album only
5. Leave You Behind
4:57 album only
6. Paul's Song
3:34 album only
7. Lowlands
4:08 album only
8. You Don't Know a Thing
3:00 album only
9. Shine
3:31 album only
10. She Don't Have Your Eyes
5:26 album only
11. Roots
3:09 album only
12. Shrink the Sky
3:10 album only
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Album Notes
Robyn Landis is a gifted wordsmith and award-winning songwriter. Her deft, incisive, and powerful command of language has garnered repeated comparisons to Richard Shindell and Dar Williams, and a reputation among fellow songwriters as "an astounding lyricist" with unusual depth and literacy. Her unpretentious, wistful and intimate vocals infuse her irresistible, memorable folk-pop-Americana melodies with warmth and feeling.

Respected for her unflinching honesty, vulnerability and fierce intelligence, Robyn uses song to tackle subjects ranging from war to weather to (what else?) love--not to mention adoption and dementia, betrayal and longing, friendship, child abuse, old sitcoms, and the environment.

Since 2005 and the release of her first CD "Love and Other Words" (as half of the Americana duo Short & Sweet), Robyn has accrued more than 40 songwriting awards and honors nationally and internationally, in competitions and at festivals. Songwriting accolades have included first place at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, second place in the Unisong International Songwriting Competition, and honorable mention in the prestigious Telluride Troubadors competition. She is also a 2009 Falcon Ridge Festival Emerging Artist.

Her eagerly-awaited followup/solo recording, Many Moons, released May 2009, has guest appearances by Michael Lille, Mark Graham, Kat Eggleston, Larry Murante, Joe and Karena Prater (Cat Loves Crow), and Hans York; and features Paul Elliott on fiddle and Cary Black on bass.

Co-writes include such notable songwriters as David Llewellyn (2007 Kerrville New Folk winner, 2008 John Lennon Grand Prize Winner) and Larry Murante (2009 Kerrville New Folk Finalist). In 2008-2009 she opened for Jonathan Byrd and shared the stage with Kat Eggleston, Linda Waterfall, Larry Murante, David Llewellyn and Dana Hubbard.

Robyn has been a poet since she was four, a professional writer for all her adult life, and published two popular health books in her 20s before turning her focus upon music.

She studied guitar with the venerable Linda Waterfall, who says "The warmth of her voice and her intuitive connection are magnetic....Her passionate commitment to justice and the Earth won my heart."

Indie-Music.com says, "Smooth vocals, like an earthy Laurie Lewis...Landis has won a lot of songwriting awards, and it's easy to see why...Her writing is like a good short story."

Praise for MANY MOONS:
"Every cut here is a keeper, and Landis obviously either lavished a good deal of time on the arrangements or has a natural gift for it, probably both. Like David Wilcox, her work is rich with sympathy for human frailty and the thousand and one disappointments the flesh is heir to. ...Even given the longing and mysteries pervading every minute of the dozen cuts (housed in gorgeous tri-fold packaging with full credits, notes, and lyric booklet), this is a very refreshing CD and stays so each time it's broached...of course, the fact that she has a list of awards and recognitions as long as your arm explains a lot of that. Robyn Landis, I'm quite sure, waited until her art was fully matured and, man, does it ever show."
~ Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange (FAME)

* 2009 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists Showcase Selected Artist
* Finalist, Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, May 2009
* Honorable Mention, Americana Category, Unisong International Songwriting Competition,
March 2009
* Honorable Mention, Acoustic/Folk Category, Unisong International Songwriting Competition,
March 2009
* Showcase Winner, W.C. Handy Music Festival, July 2008
* Finalist, Susanne Milsaps Performing Songwriter’s Showcase, Founder’s Title Folk & Bluegrass Festival, July 2008
* Honorable Mention, Telluride Troubadors competition (Telluride Folk Festival), May 2008
* Honorable Mention, International Narrative Song Competition, January 2008
* Alternate Finalist, Tumbleweed Music Festival songwriting contest, September 2007
* Top 20 Winner, Lyrics Category, Unisong International Songwriting Competition, July 2007
* Finalist, Solarfest Songwriter's Showcase, July 2007
* Finalist, KRCL/Founder’s Title Folk & Bluegrass Festival Performing Songwriter’s Showcase, July 2007
* Honorable Mention, West Coast International Songwriter's Competition, May 2007
* Finalist, Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, May 2007
* Honorable Mention, Singer-Songwriter Awards, January 2007
* First Place Winner, International Narrative Song Competition, January 2007
* Honorable Mention, International Narrative Song Competition, January 2007
* Honorable Mention, River Bluff Music Festival Songwriting Competition,
September 2006
* Finalist, 3rd Annual Williamsburg Live Songwriting Competition, August 2006
* First Place Winner, Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition, July 2006
* Honorable Mention, Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition, July 2006
* Second Place Winner, Acoustic/Folk Category, Unisong International Songwriting Competition, July 2006
* Top 20 Winner, Lyrics Category, Unisong International Songwriting Competition, July 2006
* Top 20 Winner, Acoustic/Folk Category, Unisong International Songwriting Competition,
July 2006
* Honorable Mention, Acoustic/Folk Category, Unisong International Songwriting Competition,
July 2006
* Alternate Finalist, Solarfest Songwriter's Showcase, July 2006
* Finalist, KRCL/Founder’s Title Performing Songwriter’s Showcase, July 2006
* Honorable Mention, West Coast International Songwriting Competition, May
* Finalist, Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, May 2006
* Semifinalist, Peacedriven Songwriting Competition, April 2006
* Semifinalist, International Songwriting Competition, January 2006
* Honorable Mention, Billboard Song Contest, 2005 (two songs)
* Winner, William Robert Abate Songwriting Competition, September 2005
* Finalist, Tumbleweed Music Festival Songwriting Contest, September 2005
* Honorable Mention, Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition, July 2005
* Semifinalist, U.K. Songwriting Competition, July 2005
* Finalist, Solarfest Songwriter's Showcase, July 2005
* Honorable Mention, Songprize International Songwriting Competition, June
* Finalist, Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, April 2005
* Finalist, Suwannee Springfest Songwriting Contest, March 2005



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Outstanding songs, lyrics and performances
Many Moons has quickly become a personal favorite CD. The lyrics are clever, thought provoking and meaningful, with corresponding musical moods and styles, a beautiful voice over creative and tasteful guitar playing and guests. Check out "She Don't Have Your Eyes" and just try not to get emotionally drawn in! Depth, honesty, wit and beauty. Well produced and mixed, this CD is a winner in every way. I can't wait for another CD, or a tour stop I can catch!

Roger Shanley

Many Moons
How apt Robyn's new collection has a lunar title, for in this effort, she has eclipsed her earlier work on Short and Sweet. From her transformative channeling on "Jamison Brown" to her simply elegant lyrics in "Dry Rain, Calm Wind,"...(Our love is like a secret you can't tell a friend),she crafts moments and sounds that revisit and reverberate.
Robyn enlists the excellent harmonies of Larry Murante and Karena Prater while blending subtle harmonica by Mark Graham, "Hey Dog," and Paul Elliot's violin throughout most songs. My favorite, "Lowlands" brings the gifted guitar of Kat Eggleston together with Cary Black's bass,echoing the emptiness of retreating from love and life, "The undertow of dreams/is stronger than it seems/He just can't wake up enough/to remember what it means." I intend to send a CD to a relative who adopted a daughter, knowing both he and his wife will tear listening to "She Don't Have your '
Much like the magical illumination of moonlight, Robyn's newest creation reveals a more mature and wizened writer and singer, sparkling with sensitivity and courage.

Jeff Hoyt

Many Moons displays many flavors
Well, I guess it was appropriate that my first listen to this record was whiie walking under a nearly full moon. It seemed the perfect setting until I put it on while chilling out on a cool and misty morning. I tend to associate a record with the setting under which I first listened to it, but Many Moons defies being pigeonholed like that. Robyn covers a lot of subject matter here and definitely invites the listener to settle in and really pay attention. Then again, it's a record that can wash over you as a whole and leave you feeling affected, yet calm. I haven't seen Aliison Krauss' name pop up in comparison but I thought of her from time to time listening to the way Robyn will traipse through a delicate lyrical passage. This is a fine step forward for a still-emerging artist who will only continue to find new ways to express herself with her music.

Janni Littlepage

Many Moons
This CD is absolutely amazing! I really truly love it. Each song is a little jewel. Beautiful, flawless, translucent vocals on every tune. Great arrangements and lovely, gentlehanded production. Jamison Brown is a fragment of someone's past life, fallen out of time and preserved. My most favorite songs of all are Lowlands and Paul's Song. But then, they are all gems, refracting their own light individually, yet they all fit together perfectly - like some gorgeous, beveled, glittering jewel. Totally beautiful and inspiring.

charles reed

Many Moons
A wonderful cd--exquisitely crafted and moving songs, blended perfectly with fine musicianship and Robyn's clear, pure voice. Many of these tunes stay with you, in that sweet place of the heart.

Laura Hendrix

Many Moons
I bought one and listened to it right away. I am now here buying another one for my dad! All of us that are familiar with Robin's music were expecting something moving, grooving and soothing. Many moons is all of that with some wonderful additions in guest musicians. Enjoy... I know my dad and I will!