Since Robyn Ludwick released her debut album, For So Long, in 2005, her fan base has grown largely by word of mouth rather than radio play or other wide media exposure. Four records later, she’s earned a reputation as one of Texas music’s most down-to-earth and realistic singer-songwriters and, perhaps criminally, still one of its better-kept secrets. To a degree, anyway; 2011’s Out of These Blues inspired No Depression to call her “the queen of modern Texas country-soul.” (She’s got the genes for it, as the younger sister of Bruce and Charlie Robison.) Believers should be even easier to come by after the Wimberley-based Ludwick’s latest LP, last month’s unflinchingly honest, buoyantly resilient This Tall to Ride. A must for Patty Griffin and Eliza Gilkyson fans, and anyone else who appreciates first-rate songwriting laden with real-life regret and wistful humor, the album relays the kind of experiences better put into song, one imagines, so the rest of us don’t have to live through them ourselves.