Willis is "Back Being Blue"
Monday, April 2, 2018
– Kelly Willis announced she will release her first album in 11 years in May.
"Back Being Blue" drops May 18. Willis will tour behind the disc in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
The new release is the Texan's first solo album since 2002's "Easy." But since then, she has release three albums with husband Bruce Robison, including "Happy Holiday" in 2006, "Cheater's Game" in 2013 and "Our Year" in 2014. The two have often toured together as well.
Willis, 49, took a less active schedule, in part, due to raising a family of four.
The track list is:
Back Being Blue
Afternoon's Gone Blind
What the Heart Doesn't Know
I'm a Lover (Not a Fighter)
We'll Do It for Love Next Time
Don't Step Away
Willis will do two shows in Houstoin on May 19 to mark the release of the disc.
Other upcoming shows are:
May 20 - KNBT Festival - New Braunfels, Texas
May 26 - Dallas
June 2 - Austin
June 4 - Cambridge, Mass.
June 5 - New York
June 6 - Pawling, N.Y.
June 8 - Alexandria, Va.
June 9 - Norfolk, Va.
June 10 - Annapolis, Md.
June 16 - Eden, Texas with Bruce Robison
June 23 - Franklin, Tenn.
June 24 - Atlanta
June 29 - Worthington, Ohio
June 30 - Chicago
July 1 - St. Louis
July 21 - Gatehead, U.K.
July 24 - London
July 25 - Nottingham, England
July 27 - Bury, England
July 28 - Leeds, England
July 290 - Edinburgh, Scotland
More dates will be added.
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