Album Review: Robin the Hammer's Self-Titled Release | Music | Hudson Valley | Chronogram Magazine

Robin the Hammer | Robin the Hammer

(2021, Independent)

Woodstock's Robin "the Hammer" Ludwig has trod a particularly idiosyncratic path across the rock 'n' roll landscape for more than 60 years. Beginning in the Greenwich Village music scene of the 1960s, Ludwig has pursued intersecting paths as a musician and jeweler specializing in metalwork. His work has included a notable stint designing jewelry for Billy Idol. As a musician, Ludwig has performed with a string of blues-inflected rock 'n' roll bands, including the Shivers and the Five Points Band. On this release, Ludwig lovingly covers a series of blues and folk classics, in addition to a handful of original compositions. Ludwig's songs such as "Bug" and "Devilvison" feature his rich, evocative vocals and fingerpicked acoustic guitar. They sit seamlessly beside compositions from Robert Johnson, Son House, and Fred Neil. Recommended for connoisseurs of authentic American folk-blues.

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