Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Friday, 26 April 2013 13:29

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison 4/26/13 + Video

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison (center front and back) with their band Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison (center front and back) with their band Caroline Philippone
Written by Robin Wheeler
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Related Video

About this Media...

  • Date Recorded: April 26, 2013
  • Artist / Band: Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison
  • Hosting Show: Collector's Edition
  • Sound: Andy Coco and Michael Kennedy
  • Video: Ed Kleinberg and Olivia Fugate

The music business isn't known for long-lasting pairings. Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison are an exception, moving their relationship that's lasted over twenty years into the studio for their collaborative album, "Cheater's Game."

Streaming Audio

Willis garnered attention in her early twenties, bringing classic heartbroken honkey-tonk twang vocals into a country scene that had grown over-glossed. She fit right in with the burgeoning new Americana movement with covers of country classics like the Kendalls' "Heaven's Just a Sin Away" and Townes Van Zandt's "Rex's Blues," which she performed with Son Volt.

In those same years, Robison was making a name for himself as a musician, but also as a songwriter, penning big Nashville hits for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill ("Angry All the Time") and the Dixie Chicks ("Traveling Soldier") while keeping his own performances more rooted in the classic Texas sound that's dominated his musical family. In the meantime Willis and Robison have parented four kids, recorded separately, toured together, took hiatuses and have created their own version of the Texas troubadour family. It's a new tradition that harkens the classics -- rumbling guitar, the whine of pedal-steel guitar and vocal harmonies honed from two decades of lives entwined.

All photos by Caroline Philippone.

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


The Mound City Slickers

Mon August 4

The Driftaways

Mon July 28
The Driftaways are a seven-man reggae band hailing from St. Louis. Their E.P. "Don't Hide" is full of high-energy jams and groovy improvisations that give the band's music a good-time vibe. Download their…

88.1 KDHX Shows

m-mix.jpg

KDHX Recommends

August
Friday
22

TOCO Family Festival

TOCO hosts its annual Family Festival at Jellystone Park in Eureka, featuring camping, live music, contests, family activities, art, food, vendors and much more. tocofestival.com


August
Saturday
23

Amelia White with Sergio Webb at Harvest Sessions 2014

Amelia White with Sergio Webb at Harvest Sessions 2014 Nashville, Tennessee-based songwriter Amelia White with guitarist Sergio Webb are this week's featured artists for Harvest Sessions. This free Saturday morning concert series takes place at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market,...


August
Friday
29

Small Black, Scarlet Tanager

KDHX welcomes Small Black to the Ready Room, with Scarlet Tanager. This event is all ages.


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Upcoming Events HAPPENING

Online Users

2 users and 9246 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook