Watch Out For A Beautiful Lie

Check out the new release from Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis

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Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis
Tell Us A Beautiful Lie

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis are each renowned for excellence in songwriting, singing and collaboration. Together they present an even more formidable musical landscape. For only the fourth time in their history, they’re unleashing as a duo in recorded form.

Beautiful Lie will arrive on the Northern Hemisphere’s summer solstice – June 21, 2019 – 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 (dates below).

Produced by Robison at the Bunker, his all-analog studio in Lockhart, Texas, outside of Austin, Beautiful Lie finds the pair harmonizing on a mix of originals, well-chosen covers and choice vintage nuggets, including the two-steppin’ country classic “One Dime at a Time.” The title tune was plucked from the Amazing Rhythm Aces’ 1975 debut album and 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.” (He also nods to the dome’s home in the pretty closing duet, “Heartache to Houston.”)

Robison has written plenty of great songs, some of which have enjoyed Billboard country chart success (Tim McGraw and the Dixie Chicks hit No. 1 with “Angry All the Time” and “Travelin’ Soldier” respectively; George Strait reached No. 2 with “Wrapped” and No. 6 with “Desperately.”)

Willis, a 1993 Academy of Country Music Awards Top New Female Vocalist nominee, has received several Austin Music Awards including 1999’s Album of the Year What I Deserve, her widely praised breakout effort. Willis knows how to find the heartache in a note and hang her voice on it, as demonstrated on “Nobody’s Perfect.” When she and Robison trade verses or harmonize, backed by a stellar gang of Next Waltz regulars, the effect is usually impressive.

As for those contributors – 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) – several have racked up considerable hours in the Bunker since Robison launched The Next Waltz in 2016.

Beautiful Lie tour dates

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

Check out the new release from Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis

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