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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Country Music Couple Finally Makes An Album Together

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis are pictured at the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis are pictured at the Here & Now studios. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

"Cheater's Game"

They’ve been making music for years, but until now, country music singer-songwriters Kelly Willis and Bruce Robision, who are married and the parents of four kids, had never recorded a record together.

Both have recorded several solo albums and Robison has written hit songs for other artists, including the Dixie Chicks.

Their new album “Cheater’s Game” proves the wait has been worth it.

The Austin American Statesman calls it a “near-perfect modern country record,” and it’s a fixture on the Americana charts as the duo tours in support of the record.

Before a recent show in Boston, Willis and Robison stopped by the Here & Now studios to tell us why it took them so long to record an album together.

Here are six streaming tracks from “Cheater’s Game”:

Cheater’s Game (track 1)

Leavin’ (track 6)

But I Do (track 7)

Ordinary Fool (track 10)

Waterfall (track 12)

Dreamin (track 13)

Songs in this piece:

“Border Radio” by Dave Alvin, performed by Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison
“We’re All The Way” by Don Williams, performed by Kelly Willis and Bruce Robision
“9,999,999 Tears” by Razzy Bailey, performed by Kelly Willis and Bruce Robision
“No Kinda Dancer” by Robert Earl Keen, performed by Kelly Willis and Bruce Robision
“Cheater’s Game” by Bruce Robision, performed by Kelly Willis and Bruce Robision

Guests:

  • Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis, singer-songwriters and husband and wife. Their latest album is “Cheater’s Game,” their first record as a duo.

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