Albums

Beautiful

Bill Ludwig

Besides singing songs to his chickens, singer-songwriter Bill Ludwig has spent the past 5 months of quarantine learning to play the mandolin he bought in September, 2020. Instead of taking lessons or following Youtube videos or something sensible like that, Bill decided to plunk away and write a set of songs.

The resulting album features the first 10 songs wrote on this 'new to him' instrument. The challenge here was to write compelling music with limited ability to play the primary instrument - forcing Bill to rely on strong lyrics, vocal melodies and vocal harmonies.

Recorded in Bill's home studio and entirely self-produced, "Beautiful" is a stripped down and raw album whose creation put Bill's songwriting ability to the test.
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Kind

Bill Ludwig

Award-winning singer-songwriter Bill Ludwig brings us another collection of fun, heartfelt, family-friendly songs full of rich imagery and wonderful performances. Written and recorded prior to the pandemic, Bill had a desire to release a set of positive tunes in troubled times. With live performances cancelled and little ability to directly support the project with appearances, Bill has postponed this release. But with the election result and the promise of soon-to-be released vaccines, the time is right to add to the wave of optimism many are feeling currently.

Persuading Records is proud to present Bill Ludwig - Kind.
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Official Albums

Big Songs For Small People & Small Songs For Big People

Bill Ludwig

The long-awaited double album from award-winning singer-songwriter Bill Ludwig - one half all original kid's music, one half family-friendly singer-songwriter folk music. Twenty-four songs in all! In between projects with his Americana trio, MARMO, Bill has been writing and recording this expansive album of fun and silly children's music backed with a set of introspective and oft politically charged songs.

With frequent appearances by MARMOs Christian Loftus and Dan Thompson as well as a guest vocal by world-renowned opera star (and Bill's sister) Hannah Ludwig, Big Songs/Small Songs is a huge album you can easily lose yourself in.

The first twelve songs, 'Big Songs For Small People', opens with a high energy tune about a way too big action figure collection, is followed by songs about toast, werewolves, narwhals, ice cream and flying saucers before sliding into the sleepy lullaby that is Daydreamer.

The second half, 'Small Songs For Big People', contains songs about love and loss, yearning and hope, recollection and perseverance. It's a powerful set of tunes, often with good humor and joy but sometimes heavily laden with message.

Written, produced, mixed and mastered by Bill (who also created all of the album art!). Big Songs For Small People & Small Songs For Big People is a project built with love. We are sure you will love it too.
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One Hundred Miles Of Bad Road

Bill Ludwig

A collection of new, original songs from singer-songwriter Bill Ludwig. "One Hundred Miles Of Bad Road" features themes of powerlessness ("Coexist"), existential crisis ("Do You Feel Like I Do?"), hardship ("For Want Of"), redemption ("The Man Who Lost The War") and dreams of freedom ("Road Song").

From the album liner notes:

"all songs written by bill ludwig, summer & fall, 2016 - with the exception of 'the man who lost the war,' which was written in february, 2017 for my father, who is a true american hero

recorded and produced february & march, 2017

one hundred miles of bad road is dedicated to the men and women who risk their lives each and every day around our earth to protect those who are oppressed, to fight for those who are powerless, to expose and hold accountable proponents of hatred, to free those who are wrongly imprisoned, to strengthen those who are weak, to be a light for those who live in darkness, to stand up for those who are scared and to bring those who support the use of terror as an instrument of change to justice."
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Motivator

Bill Ludwig

The follow up to 2014's acoustic hit "The Elephant", Bill Ludwig's "Motivator" merges uplifting classic musical forms with modern concepts, filtered through Bill's honest, vulnerable sensibilities and undying love for caffeinated beverages.

Featuring songs of humor ('S.F. Blues', 'How Deep Is This Valley?', 'Motivator'), songs for children (Wonderman, Knowing) and songs for your soul ('Safe Waters', 'Lost And Found'), "Motivator" is a gorgeous little album you will listen to from start to finish, again and again.
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