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Robison, Wills sing a "Beautiful Lie"

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis join forces yet again for their fourth duets album, "Beautiful Lie," dropping June 21 on Robison's The Next Waltz label.

The album's first single, "Nobody's Perfect," will be released on May 10, followed by a tour commencing on May 19. 


Produced by Robison at the Bunker, his all-analog studio in Lockhart, Texas, outside of Austin, the release finds the husband-and-wife team recording originals and a few covers. The latter includes the two-stepping country song, Ernest Tubb's "One Dime at a Time." The title tune was plucked from the Amazing Rhythm Aces' 1975 debut album. The sad ballad, "Lost My Best," is by Uncle Walt's Band veteran David Ball. Grammy nominee Adam Wright (Alan Jackson, Lee Ann Womack) contributed three tracks, one written with his wife, Shannon. Robison's four contributions include the single and a co-write with Jack Ingram titled "Astrodome."

Geoff Queen (pedal steel, mandolin, electric guitar); Trevor Nealon (keyboards); Scott Davis (electric guitar, piano, banjo); John Michael Schoepf (bass); Joshua Blue (drums, percussion); Rich Brotherton (vocals); and Brian Standefer (cello) help out. 


Tour dates are:
May 19 - Theater Barn at Winedale, Round Top, Texas
May 24 - Coupland Dancehall, Coupland, Texas
May 25 - Levitt Pavilion, Arlington, Texas
June 13 - Cactus Café, Austin
June 14 - Heritage Park, Denison, Texas
June 15 - Main Street Crossing, Tomball, Texas
June 16 - Love & War in Texas, Plano, Texas
June 22 - Continental Club, Austin (Beautiful Lie album release show)
June 27 - Discovery Green, Houston
June 28 - Haltom Theater, Haltom City, Texas
June 29 - Brauntex Theatre, New Braunfels, Texas
July 19 - Phil Hamilton on the Brazos Music & Float Fest, Glen Rose, Texas
July 20 - Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
July 21 - Dan's Silverleaf, Denton, Texas
July 25 - Songbirds Guitar Museum, Chattanooga, Tennessee
July 26 - Franklin Theatre, Franklin, Tennessee
July 27 - The Foundry, Athens, Georgia
July 29 - Atwood's Tavern, Cambridge, Massachusetts
July 30 - Hill Country NYC, New York
July 31 - The Locks at Sona, Philadelphia,
Aug. 1 - Rams Head On Stage, Annapolis, Maryland
Aug. 2 - The Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia
Aug. 3 - Goode Theatre, Norfolk, Virginia
Aug. 10 - Broken Spoke, Austin
Aug. 23 - The Kessler, Dallas
Aug. 24 - The Heights Theater, Houston

CD reviews for Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis

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Just like Gram and Emmylou, Johnny and June, Dolly Parton and Porter Waggoner, Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison have secured a perfect partnership. Touching on topics sown from forlorn circumstance, the duo's second album melds a tender touch with down home designs. Choice covers affirm a commitment to craft, with fiddles, mandolin, harp and harmonies, bringing a low-lit ambience, which serves to elevate the charm. Both artists are, of course, successful on their own, but taken in tandem, they »»»
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With Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell's new disc and tour, and Faith and Tim's Soul2Soul sojourn still on the road, four months into 2013, and it's already been one hell of a year for country duets. That said, don't call the latest release from Kelly Willis and husband Bruce Robison merely the icing on the cake. Considering the pair - despite being married for years - seldom record together, they've made their new album a 13-song, multi-course feast. »»»
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Remember country's leading couple, Tim and Faith, singing the heartrending "Angry All the Time"? Bruce Robison wrote that song, and it was Texas country's leading couple, Robison and wife Kelly Willis, who first recorded it. Now after five years of performing holiday concerts around Texas, they've released a seven-song holiday EP. It's a departure from the relatively traditional-sounding country music of their individual releases. Willis, in particular, gets to stretch out quite a bit, clearly »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: There's a lot to be said about The Felice Brothers – The Felice Brothers have soldiered on, occupying the fringes of the musical world with ups and downs. After not knowing whether the group would even continue following the departure of half of the band a few years ago, The Felice Brothers continued with a new rhythm section and a new album, "Undressed," that is heavily political.... »»»
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