Albums

Rhymes With Banjo

Bill Ludwig

"I've got a confession to make. Songs Of Village Charm isn't the album I wanted to make next. But with 2023 being my towns bicentennial, it was the best time to release a set of Troubadour songs.

No, I really wanted to get out the set of tunes I wrote on the used banjo I picked up over the summer. These songs just flew out of me while writing.
"I've got a confession to make. Songs Of Village Charm isn't the album I wanted to make next. But with 2023 being my towns bicentennial, it was the best time to release a set of Troubadour songs.

No, I really wanted to get out the set of tunes I wrote on the used banjo I picked up over the summer. These songs just flew out of me while writing. And when I got in front of the mic to record them they flowed like rolling water. They just poured out.

The first note for this album was plucked out on January 28th, 2023 (four days after the release of Songs Of Village Charm). On April 9th I finished the mix. Ten weeks. I'm pretty sure that's a record for me.

I'm really excited for you to hear these songs. They're heartfelt, sincere, honest and fun... It's the best of everything I do, as well as I can do it.

I'll also tell you my dear friend Christian Loftus is all over it. He added some lovely instrumentation that really elevates the whole thing."

~ Bill, 4/16/2023
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Songs Of Village Charm

Bill Ludwig, Dan Thompson & Friends

A celebration of our town!

Bill Ludwig and Dan Thompson have been writing songs for and about Manchester, Connecticut, USA for more than a decade. To celebrate the Silk City's Bicentennial they are releasing this newly recorded collection of their favorite Songs Of Village Charm!

Bill and Dan are joined by the voices and instruments of Christian
A celebration of our town!

Bill Ludwig and Dan Thompson have been writing songs for and about Manchester, Connecticut, USA for more than a decade. To celebrate the Silk City's Bicentennial they are releasing this newly recorded collection of their favorite Songs Of Village Charm!

Bill and Dan are joined by the voices and instruments of Christian Loftus, Stephen Prout and the members of the Manchester, CT Songwriters Association.
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Peace On Earth (With Thoughts Of Ukraine) - EP

Bill Ludwig

In March of 2022 I wrote the song 'Peace On Earth' as a reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Four plus months later, this tragic conflict continues to impact the entire world and more terribly it impacts the lives of the Ukrainian people. I continue to be inspired by their fight for sovereignty.

This collection expands upon my thoughts on
In March of 2022 I wrote the song 'Peace On Earth' as a reaction to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Four plus months later, this tragic conflict continues to impact the entire world and more terribly it impacts the lives of the Ukrainian people. I continue to be inspired by their fight for sovereignty.

This collection expands upon my thoughts on the futility of war and the awful inhumanity it represents. 'Ashes' tells the story of a girl waking to find she has lost everything she knew. 'Shooting Stars' tells of love in the midst of conflict. 'Where You Gonna Go' gives us some insight into the minds of the invading soldiers expecting to be welcomed as saviors. 'There's A Hole In The Road' imagines the eventual rebuilding and moving on in the face of victory. And the finale of 'Peace On Earth' dreams of a world that recognizes the futility of it all.
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Dispatches From An Aging Globe

Bill Ludwig

The latest collection of songs from Manchester, Connecticut, USA singer-songwriter Bill Ludwig.

Written and recorded between April, 2021 and April, 2022, 'Dispatches From An Aging Globe' is another set of random observations, personal diary entries and poetry set to oft-intricate and heart-felt musical accompaniment. Songs tackle subjects ranging
The latest collection of songs from Manchester, Connecticut, USA singer-songwriter Bill Ludwig.

Written and recorded between April, 2021 and April, 2022, 'Dispatches From An Aging Globe' is another set of random observations, personal diary entries and poetry set to oft-intricate and heart-felt musical accompaniment. Songs tackle subjects ranging from love, loss, breakups, loneliness, gratitude and out of control HOA chairpersons.

"An album listener's album."
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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
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
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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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
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
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
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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