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, sitting in her car before going 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 again, this time heading for Dallas (see song, “Pearl + Jake“). She does not know at the time that she is pregnant, but when she does discover this fact, she does not intend to tell Jake that he is going to be a father.
She gives birth in 2015 to a baby girl whom she names Ruby Robison, after her aunt but also looking back to her prior Shreveport relative, Ruby Robison and Fannin Street.