Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Monday, 04 February 2013 09:00

Hear and Now: Stream selections from the new album 'Cheater's Game' by Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison

Hear and Now: Stream selections from the new album 'Cheater's Game' by Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison bruceandkellyshow.com
Written by Roy Kasten
Rate this item
(4 votes)

Audio for this feature is no longer available. Browse all Hear and Now features.

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison have finally gotten around to making the album they've always wanted to make. To say the wait for "Cheater's Game" was worth it would be the understatement of this or any year.

The musical careers of husband and wife Robison and Willis have long been intertwined -- how could they not be? -- but to date they've recorded only one album together (the very fine, very seasonal "Happy Holidays"), so expectations and standards are understandably high. Willis is one of the finest, purest singers on the planet and Robison is as smart and honest a country songwriter as you'll ever hear. And so what surprises most about "Cheater's Game" is just how easy-going, modest and understated it is.

With mostly but always finely detailed acoustic backing, the two sing plaintive duets ("We're All the Way"), swinging contemporary honky tonk ("9,999,999 Tears"), bluesy stomps ("But I Do") and regretful ballads ("Waterfall"). They turn in new songs and cover old favorites (a beautifully recut Robison original "Lifeline" and an uptempo version of Dave Alvin's classic "Border Radio"). There are songs by Hayes Carll, Don Williams and Robert Earl Keen, and gorgeous strains of fiddles, dobros, pedal steel and mandolins; but mostly there the timeless voices and timeless instincts of these two longtime companions.

Through it all, Willis and Robison sound happy and comfortable and excited to be making music together. You wouldn't be wrong to call that love, and you also wouldn't be wrong to call it one of the best country albums of the year.

This "Hear and Now" features five tracks from "Cheater's Game," which will be released on February 12, 2013 on Premium Records / Thirty Tigers.

Upcoming Concerts

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 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 groovey improves that gives them a good time vibe. Download their song "Don't Hide"…

Dad Jr: Get Down. Hard.

Sun June 29

88.1 KDHX Shows

m-crowd.jpg

KDHX Recommends

July
Thursday
31

Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys

Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys KDHX presents Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys at The Stage, July 31 at 8pm. Tickets available online.   Born in Louisiana and raised in Missouri, Folk remembers watching his Dad pick the country blues on a...


August
Saturday
02

The Aching Hearts at Harvest Sessions 2014

The Aching Hearts at Harvest Sessions 2014 The Aching Hearts are the husband and wife duo of Ryan Spearman and Kelly Wells (host of Steam-Powered Radio on 88.1 KDHX), who recently released the CD "Just a Habit." Join them and KDHX for a morning of classic, old-time...


August
Wednesday
06

Discovery Series: Mandolin Orange

Discovery Series: Mandolin Orange KDHX presents Mandolin Orange as part of the Discovery Series on Wednesday August 6 at 7:30 p.m. The North Carolina-based duo combines bluegrass, rock and country, providing a modern take on age-old styles. Tickets available...


Online Users

3 users and 7848 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook