BRUCE ROBISON & THE BACK PORCH BAND,
AVAILABLE NOW FOR PRE-ORDER MARKING
ROBISON’S FIRST SOLO ALBUM
IN NEARLY A DECADE
Apple Music Pre-Sale Includes “Sweet Dreams”
As An Instant Download Featuring
Robison’s wife Kelly Willis
Nashville, TN - - - April 12, 2017 - - - Fans who have waited nearly 10 years for a new solo project by one of the most meaningful musical voices in Americana and Country music can stop counting the days. Not only is Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band available on April 28, it is available now for pre-order through Apple Music and comes with an instant download of “Sweet Dreams,” which features Robison’s wife Kelly Willis.
“I figured out a long time ago that Kelly is the key to my music,” Robison said. “And when she sings, she changes the melody; and I’m counting on her to do that. I see myself just as a songwriter and she’s a vocal stylist, and someone who just kind of takes a song on within themselves like the great singers do. And she’ll – without even thinking about it – she’ll just change it up and sing it like it ought to be.”
A collaborator in life and the studio, Robison and Willis released two well-received duet albums including Cheater’s Game (2013) and Our Year (2014), but it has been nine years since Robison released a solo studio project, The New World (2008).
Robison has long been lauded by critics and tastemakers: “Bruce Robison is a prime example…[of] keeping the spirit of the traditional Texas troubadour alive,” according to Paste magazine.
“Every genre has core artists. Every format has a few artists it can’t do without. Every radio station needs a handful of artists to help set its compass. Bruce Robison is ours,” exclaimed Mattson Rainer of KNBT. “He’s the yard stick by which all modern Americana songwriters are measured.”
Known for his artistry as a singer-songwriter, with hit recordings of his compositions coming from Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, George Strait, and Dixie Chicks, Robison returns with an album of all-new original material. Music industry gatekeeper, Billboard provided an exclusive look at one of the new tracks, “Sweet Dreams,” featuring Willis. The clip was shot in their studio in Lockhart, Texas near Austin.
Keeping it simple was the guiding principle behind the album, which is a collection of Robison originals, co-writes, and covers that capture country’s most beloved stylistic elements: good-time, lighthearted romps (“Rock and Roll Honky Tonk Ramblin’ Man” and “Paid My Dues”) and wistful, sometimes bittersweet ballads (“Long Time Coming” and “Still Doin’ Time”).
But even the Who’s “Squeezebox” — which Robison calls “a great country song by some English dudes” — shows up, in a lively version dressed with Cajun fiddle by Warren Hood and acoustic guitar and harmonies by Willis. The album reflects other influences, as well: Christie Hayes’ “Lake of Fire” reflects his love of the ‘70s West Coast sound embodied by Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt.
“I’m always collecting songs,” he said. “I’m just a fan of songs, and I love the way they come alive.”
Catch Bruce Robison & The Back Porch Band on tour:
April 14, Helotes, Texas – Floore’s Country Store
April 28, Houston, Texas – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
April 29, Austin, Texas – Antone’s
May 4, Oklahoma City, OK – Blue Door
May 5, Denton, Texas – Dan’s Silver Leaf
May 6, Hawkins, Texas – Red Rooster Icehouse
May 11, Belton, Texas – Schoepf’s Backyard
May 13, Fort Worth, Texas – Shipping and Receiving
May 18, Amarillo, Texas – Hoot’s
May 19, Lubbock, Texas – Cactus Theater
May 20, Alpine, Texas – Railroad Blues
May 27, Port Aransas, Texas – Black Marlin
June 1, San Antonio, Texas – Sam’s Burger Joint
June 2, Bertram, Texas – Globe Theatre
June 3, La Grange, Texas – Bugle Boy
June 7, Little Rock, AR – Stickyz Chicken Shack
June 8, Nashville, TN – City Winery
June 9, Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
June 10, Charlotte, NC – Puckett’s Farm Equipment
June 11, Vienna, VA – Jammin Java
June 12, Pittsburg, PA - Club Cafe
June 13, Worthington, OH - Natalie's Coal Fired PIzza & Live Music
Photo Credit: Kenny Braun