The Melissa Ludwig Band has been around for only a few years now, but thanks to Melissa and her husband Mitch's enthusiasm, they are gaining popularity across the city while they spread the word about their band and other local acts rapidly.
After all, why shouldn't San Antonio be home to some great, inspiring local acts?
According to the band's website, they started out as Raleigh Maroon, playing in coffee shops in San Antonio. Now they've moved up to beer joints and restaurants and venues of all kinds.
And the reason is that this band provides an honest look at life.
I must agree with a quote posted on their website from Richard Skanse, of Lone State Music Magazine, that Ludwig's songs are "intelligently written and exquisitely crafted.”
It's hard to nail down just what type of music the band plays, but I'd fit it easily into the Americana genre and certainly it's worth mentioning because this is a local artist.
The music is more indie rock and pop than it is country and folk, but that's the beauty of the Americana umbrella: All forms of music written from the heart fit under there.
The music is right because it's real, not because it sells.
The band's latest album is Now that You're Here and contains tracks like: "Fallen Angel," "Truthful Lies" and "Drink it Down."
I first began hearing of Melissa a few years ago. I'm always on the lookout for local bands and I saw she was playing somewhere. I also connected on the fact that I had seen her byline in the San Antonio Express News. We journalists do like our music.
I finally got to see her show briefly at Tycoon Flats with a friend but we were old college buddies catching up so I didn't really get to listen much, although the crowd was pretty good that night.
And then we finally connected at the Freetail Brewing Company for their show there under a hot summer sun. I thanked her for being a tireless supporter of local music and the musicians who are so talented and pour their hearts and souls into their music. They are the ones who deserve the crowds.
And Melissa deserves a big thumbs up as well for working toward what she believes in and playing the songs she loves.
All photos copyright Brian Mylar - 2012.