Robyn Landis & Friends
Award winning songwriter Robyn Landis brings stories to life, her own and those she meets, with unflinching honesty, complete command of the craft and her sweet wistful voice. She will be joined in her VAA New Works performance by a stellar group of musicians, many of whom may be heard on her solo release (June '09) Many Moons. Players will include: Paul Elliot, fiddle; Cary Black, bass and vocals; Charles Reed, guitar and vocals; Fletcher Andrews, percussion; and special guests.
Many Moons garnered high praise and rated as one of the most played albums on folk radio. Like phases of the moon, Landis says her songs reflect phases of life. The songs come from everywhere she says, from overheard conversations, dreams and stories from people she meets on her many travels. Her music can be generally categorized as contemporary folk/Americana.
Pauls Song,based on one such person she met, captured the 2009 Grand Prize (folk category) in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, a prestigious international competition. Paul, a Vietnam veteran, dad, survivor, passionate activist for veterans' issues and blues player taught her two important lessons according to Landis,one about making snap judgments and assumptions, The other that the flag belongs to everyone.
Since 2005 she accrued more than 45 songwriting awards and honors, including first place at Woody Guthrie Folk Festival and second place in the Unisong International Songwriting Competition.
Growing up in New York City, Landis wrote rhyming poetry at age four. She had a full career as a writer and author, publishing two bestselling books about health and nutrition before turning her full attention to writing songs and learning to play guitar. And she still writes every day. While Landis has recorded only a couple dozen songs, she has written many. "I write a lot of songs to get to the good ones. It can take 10 minutes or 10 years," she laughs.
She looks forward to recording again soon. "It's an enlivening and creative experience. The songs take on different lives when they're written, performed or recorded. It's a vulnerable experience; authenticity is important to me in both performing and writing. But the most important thing to me is to keep writing good songs."
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