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Focus On: Robin & Linda Williams


When Linda Williams met her future musical partner and eventual husband in 1971, he was a singer/songwriter and she was teaching school in South Carolina. And the rest, as they say, is history. Together they have written songs that have been recorded by artists including Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tom T. Hall, Kathy Mattea, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, The Seldom Scene and Mary Black. They have also made frequent guest appearances on A Prairie Home Companion, one of public radio's most popular programs, and are part of that show's Hopeful Gospel Quartet (along with host Garrison Keillor). The duo even played a role in the Robert Altman-directed major motion picture inspired by the radio program. Despite their many trips to Minnesota, Robin and Linda currently call Virginia's Shenandoah Valley home.


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Robin & Linda Williams Session Recording

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I'm Invisible Man

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Maybelle's Guitar and Monroe's Mandolin

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Tied Down and Home Free

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We tend to identify musicians by their music, interviews give us a chance to meet the people behind the music and appreciate their gifts at a new level. Thanks!

Posted by Chris Cooper on November 27, 2008.
Like David, I first heard Robin and Linda back in the mid 70s when they would come up to Minneapolis to play at the New Riverside Cafe. I always love to hear them. They are as good to listen to today as they were then.

Posted by RJ Friedman on November 27, 2008.
Great interview. I've been listening to Robin and Linda since 1976 or '77, when I first heard (and saw) them in Ithaca, performing at one of those campus coffeehouses they talk about in the interview. They just keep getting better and better. (BTW, that coffeehouse is still alive, broadcasting the Sunday night performance live at 7PM EST on wvbr.com. No affiliation, just a satisfied listener.)

Posted by David Strip on November 26, 2008.
thanks for providing this interview. The music is a real treat.

Posted by Dale Carpenter on November 26, 2008.

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