Pearl Robison comes from a fractured family line going back before the Civil War. And her life resembles a jagged line. She is related through her father, Jason Jones Robison (1946- ) to Ruby Robison (1843-1933), who was the sister of Marcus Walsh Robison (1936-1897) Pearl’s great-great-great-grandfather. Ruby was a prostitute in Shreveport who gave birth to a Civil War soldier’s child, the first Pearl Robison (see songs, “Fannin Street” and “Levi Motts is My Name“).
In 1973 our Pearl was born in Conyers, Georgia but we meet Pearl when she is managing a dollar store in Macon. One January day in 2010, sitting in her car before opening up, she decides to just leave town and head west on U.S. 80 (see song, “Between Here and Gone“).
She ends up in Shreveport, Louisiana, when she stops at an all night diner and Jake McLemore enters her life. They live together for five years before Pearl’s wanderlust overtakes her again and she leaves, this time heading for Dallas (see song, “Pearl + Jake“). She does not know at the time that she is pregnant, but when she discovers this fact, she never tells Jake that he is going to be a father.
She gives birth in 2015 to a baby girl whom she names Sadie Jones Robison, after her parents, Jason Jones Robison and Sadie Boone.