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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
Only You
Fool's Paradise
Modern World
Freewheeling
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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CD review - Translated From Love Absence really must make even a musical heart grow fonder. This is Kelly Willis' first release in 5 years, and there are 12 reasons presented here as to why that was too long to wait. Some female vocalists search for songs that will adequately show off their pipes. Willis displays that she now only has one of the top voices in the genre, but the versatility to take on all stylings with equal aplomb. Six songs were co-written by Willis and producer Chuck Prophet. "Sweet Little One" ...
Kelly Willis' second disc for Rykodisc, the first recorded expressly for the label, expands on the wealth of musical expression divulged on her previous release, "What I Deserve." This follow-up, however, trades the urgency of 1999's outpouring for a more relaxed expression. It's as if Willis realized that Rykodisc signed her for who she is, not, as her previous label (MCA) supposed, who she could be fashioned into. Ironically, the pressure of capitalizing on the success of "What I Deserve" has ...
Six years after her last studio release; almost three since an EP that was supposed to be a taste of things to come on a different label; and over a year since its actual recording was completed, Kelly Willis has a new album out. This release continues in the direction presaged on the *Fading Fast* EP, and the results - more varied than the country-based sound of her first three albums - presumably reflect Willis' expressed determination to exercise more control over her sound and recording experience. ...


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