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
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