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Waterproof

by Robyn Landis

Deeply intelligent original songs for thinkers and dreamers by an award-winning writer. Joyful and sober, WATERPROOF is an expansive perspective on the world and life’s journeys—uplifting, activist, spiritual, personal; a paean to hope and resilience.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Thanksgiving
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2. Waterproof
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3. Knitting (feat. Christine Lavin)
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4. Late Blooms
4:17 album only
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5. Slow It Down
4:13 album only
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6. Because They Walked Before
4:22 album only
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7. Grave
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8. Black Train
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9. Marathon
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10. Ballad of Mary Magdalene
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11. Across the Miles
4:32 album only
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Robyn’s articulate, passionate and evocative writing has invited frequent comparisons to Richard Shindell (one of her favorite influences). Her songs are delivered with pure, warm, intimate vocals and appealing folk-Americana melodies. She has toured extensively; co-written and shared the stage with many fine writers and musicians; and taught songwriting at festival workshops.

Robyn's second recording "Many Moons" was one of the most-played records on folk radio in 2009, with no special promotion or representation. Now, her third and newest CD "Waterproof," produced by John Jennings (Mary-Chapin Carpenter) and featuring Christine Lavin, brings to life a fresh set of original songs for thinkers and dreamers. Reflecting at once a joyful and sober perspective on the world, it’s an expansive chronicle of life’s journeys...uplifting, activist, even spiritual, yet deeply personal. It's a compassionate embrace of the fragile and a paean to hope and resilience.

A soulful, transparent, unpretentious performer, Robyn’s literacy dates back to early childhood. A published poet and grade-school spelling bee champ, she published two bestselling books while in her 20s, and penned national magazine and newspaper pieces as a 16-year-old college freshman.

When she turned her attention to music, her writing gifts translated naturally and beautifully. Her intelligent songcraft has garnered over 55 honors since 2005, including first place in the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, first place at the Wildflower! Festival, and Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She was a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist and has been an official showcasing artist at Folk Alliance International and regional conferences.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Robyn later settled in Seattle, and happily migrated south to Tucson in 2010. She is a passionate environmental and health advocate. Her commissioned song for Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) can be seen on Youtube and at the PAWS website.

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“Robyn is a true musician and a fine member of the ‘three chords and the truth’ club.” ~ JIMMY LAFAVE

“Robyn Landis is the real deal, and I’m thrilled to be singing back-up for her on her new CD Waterproof.”
~ CHRISTINE LAVIN

“I’m not amazed that you have won so many awards...your songwriting is reminiscent of some of the great folk/rock/pop songs of the 60s, most particularly Paul Simon. You share the same sensibilities. If he was a woman he probably would have been born as you.”
~ John Coinman, songwriter / Kevin Costner’s Modern West Band

“Like David Wilcox, her work is rich with sympathy for human frailty and the 1,001 disappointments the flesh is heir to.”
~ Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

“Robyn Landis radiates excellence with every word, every note and every song. This girl has what it takes--and then some!”
~ Dennis Brunnenmeyer, KVMR radio, CA

"I have been lucky to choose great artists—all hits no misses. Robyn Landis was proof of my good fortune. Once again folks went home smiling and thanking me for inviting them and hosting another wonderful artist. Robyn is the real thing—honest, incredibly smart, a voice that gives me goose bumps and tears all together, and she's drop-dead beautiful. Let's do it again, Robyn."
~ John Borger, Concerts on the Lake, Allyn, WA (2013 Winner of Concerts in Your Home HOST OF THE YEAR)

“Incredible, incredible writing...great vocals...near perfect...you can really tell where this woman is at. I LOVE this CD.”
~ Dan Maher, DJ, Inland Folk, Spokane Public Radio (KFAE 89.1 FM)

“I think Robyn is one of the most intelligent songwriters on the scene today, a thoroughly professional musician, and I remain her committed fan. I was completely won over by her musicianship and intelligent lyric writing.”
~ Bobby Kimmel (toured and recorded with Linda Ronstadt as a member of The Stone Poneys, and ran McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, booking acts like Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, Chet Atkins and Little Feat)

“The warmth of her voice and her intuitive connection are magnetic...Her passionate commitment
to justice and the Earth won my heart.”
~ Linda Waterfall, recording artist, composer, guitarist, and cornish College of the Arts music professor

"Having engineered Robyn's first two CDs and worked closely with her in a co-producer capacity -- and more importantly, having loved her music since I first heard her in 2001 -- I can say there are few songwriters I respect more. In the studio she's an incredible professional with an amazing ear and instincts, eager to learn and equally giving. Her joy, passion and creativity is infectious and plain fun. As a musician and writer, her sensitivity, awareness and craft simply shine. I can never wait to hear what she's going to come up with next. I love every song and even after working with her for months on Many Moons, I have never tired of listening to that album and am proud to have been a part of it."
~ Jeff Woollen, Village Sound Studios

"I really love Many Moons...truly one of my favorite new releases I've received in the last many, many months. Really, just a lovely record...wow!...an absolute treat to listen to from beginning to end."
~ Mark Michaelis, "Acoustic Harmony," WGDR Radio, VT

"My gosh, it is really, really very good. I listened, I listened again. I really enjoy your singing, the songs, the arrangements. The first cut on Many Moons drew me in, and I was pretty much compelled to not skip around, and that does not often happen to me these days. Great work!
~ Rik James, "Americana Backroads," KGLT-FM, Bozeman, MT

“It is always a joy to find artists, emerging ones or otherwise, that have a special gift that I was not previously aware of...you are one of those.”
~ Craig Huegel, “Our Kind of Folk,” WSLR, Sarasota, FL

"Each time I hear a Robyn Landis song I feel a delicious surprise and I think, “Gosh, that’s a beautiful song. Gosh, what a beautiful voice.”
~ Kelley Martin, Acoustic Pie Radio, April 2010

“Smooth vocals, like an earthy Laurie Lewis...Landis has won a lot of songwriting awards, and it’s easy to see why. She’s great at taking a moment in time and using it to convey an emotion so strong that everyone listening will nod their heads...like a good short story.”
~ INDIE-MUSIC.com

“You are a spectacular human being, a great songsmith, and a fantastic performer. Thank you SO much for gracing my stage!”
~ Scott Docherty, Redhare Concerts, Oregon

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Sabra Faulk

Waterproof
Waterproof is just another great example of the talent of Robyn Landis. I find myself feeling gratitude, filled with hope and ready to take on the world for what is right. This CD is a beacon of light from a real modern day folk troubadour. I know I am listening to a great album when I can't quite decide which songs are my top three.
"Knitting" makes me want to see my grandmother again and just sit and talk with her like we did so long ago.
I love "Because They Walked Before". It reminds me that the people who came before me made my life easier and gave me freedoms I may never have known. Robyn has been a favorite of mine for quite some time but this collection of songs is as good as folk songwriting gets. Brava!
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Rebecca Irish

Heartwrenchingly beautiful and deeply impactful
I played this album for the first time on Thanksgiving. From the first song (Thanksgiving!), the impact the music had on my heart and being seemed alchemical. The songs grabbed hold of me in a myriad of ways: as a heartfelt prayer, as a mournful lament, and as a courageous embrace of this unpredictable life. At times I felt comforted yet challenged as if by my mother, as well as guided and called forward as if by a spiritual teacher. "Waterproof" grabs my hand and escorts me through the heart of all that is toward the light of what wants to become. My heart has been raw and swollen with hope and tenderness for three days as I continue to replay it.
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Mary

Singing from Soul
Every word and note of Robyn's latest album seems birthed straight from her talented and creative soul. As I listen I am taken - via meaningful and engaging lyrics, upholding and uplifting music and her beautiful voice - on a journey through all the places in my heart, mind, soul and life that matter most. Each song has it's own message. And whether the message is one of invitation, contemplation, reflection, inspiration, light-hearted joy or meditation, Robyn connects me to all the I want to live from more of the time in the here and now. "Waterproof" is an album that speaks to being thoughtful, present, conscious and aware of who and how we are
in this world....as individuals and as members of the connected web of humanity.
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Linda Lubin

Heart & Soul
"Waterproof" is an album of nuance and subtlety on many levels. Each time I listen to one of the tracks I find myself leaning in, absorbing more, allowing the lyrics and Robyn's voice to soak into my heart & soul. I know that years from now I will still be gravitating back to this album, and experiencing it new and fresh each time.
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Chris Stephenson

Beautiful and Powerful
Every song is thought provoking and moving in a beautiful way! Listining to Waterproof is a relaxing and emotional and totally enjoyable experience! Robyns music is the kind that one can listen to over and over and find a diffent emotion or something new to love each time.
fantastic!
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doris weisen

waterproof by robyn landis
Robyn's new CD does not disappoint! Her songs just get better and better and her voice extremely pleasing to listen to.
"Waterproof" is most certainly the next success story for this very talented singer/songwriter!
doris weisen
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Katie C.

Beauty and depth that stays with you
Whenever I listen to Waterproof, it slows me right down into feeling, into my heart - no matter where I started from. It's uplifting, spacious, poignant, unflinching - and, always in the end, hopeful. I can listen to this album over and over, and the gorgeous imagery and poetic lyrics sink in deeper. I find myself humming these songs at any hour. Robyn Landis gives us a sense of her personal evolution in this collection of songs. And I feel restored myself every time I listen - like I'm a better person, wiser and deeper. My current favorites are Thanksgiving, Late Blooms, Slow It Down, and Black Train (an anthem that is begging to be sung en masse at a Tar Sands protest). And her cover of Richard Shindell's Ballad of Mary Magdalene - the way her beautiful voice opens up in this song is pure heart.
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Jeff Sullivan

From dark to day
If "Many Moons" is an album about the rough passage through night, "Waterproof" is an album about the character of day. In her latest album Robyn Landis stands fully in her new-found sun; her lyric and music both reflect the light of a renewed spirit. From the first song THANKSGIVING we hear a tone of gratitude, and deep thankfulness. Even the warnings sounded in the middle songs like GRAVE are BLACK TRAIN are tempered with the certain faith that "we can stop it now" and "we will turn it around." There's a hope mixed with humbleness in these songs that seems to leave some of the obligatory subject matter for folk songs behind. We hear songs about late blooming, about the life journey taken together. There's even a protest song of sorts BECAUSE THEY WALK BEFORE US but without the protesting tone. Not a relationship song to be found and yet there are references to relationships and connection everywhere "no one acts alone," " love flies easy across the miles," "if you should wander/ I'll point you back, " just to cite a few of them. There are also turns of tenderness such as that found in the beautiful melody of KNITTING (that's "really a song about family" as the singer reminds us and the love that sewn into those quirky homemade garments) or the lament of time's passing in CAN WE SLOW IT DOWN. These two songs seem to express that essence of longing we humans are so inclined to wallow in. But there's a reason this album is called "Waterproof" --because the essential message of the album is that of hope, of goodness and of abundance and of an indestructible resilience that resides within us all. You should definitely by this album if you appreciate honest, vulnerable and risky songwriting and emotionally nuanced singing. It will grace my CD player for many years to come.
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