Kelly Willis’ new video for the song “Don’t Step Away” is premiering at Rolling Stone Country. The site describes "Back Being Blue, which opens with the soulful and forlorn title cut, closes with a buoyant dose of irresistible confidence in "Don't Step Away." Penned by Randy Weeks and Jeff Rymes, the tune's lyrical declarations and punchy production are a spoonful of delectable icing on an already flavorful cake.” Watch/share the video HERE. The track is from her latest album which is out now on Premium Records/Thirty Tigers. Willis continues her U.S. tour this summer. —see below for a complete list of dates.

Back Being Blue continues to receive critical praise:

“The passage of time has brought unforeseen blessings: distance from others’ notions of what she ought to sing and how she should be presented...Without making any fuss, Willis proves that she can have it both ways and that’s a source of pleasure for us listeners, too.” –NPR "First Listen"

“Willis steps into the solo spotlight with her seventh full-length project, an enchanting collection of self-penned tunes and impeccably chosen covers. Showcasing the jagged, vulnerable vocals of a honky-tonk angel who’s also freely dabbled in rockabilly, power pop, new wave and R&B.” –Rolling Stone Country

“It’s an album that confirms her vocal talents haven’t diminished and adds strong original songwriting— she penned six of the 10 tracks…It captures everything Willis does well: her sensitive voice expressing ache, regret and heartbreak with a subtle country
influence all in service to a bluesy tune you’ll sing back after one spin.” –American Songwriter

Back Being Blue is...a return to what [Willis] does best: singing low and lonely country tunes that signal a deep understanding of country music without sounding beholden to any one particular trend or tradition...Uniting these diverse sounds is a voice that conveys dignified heartache as its default setting.” –The Bluegrass Situation

“Willis’ collection of original songs and covers feels effortlessly of the moment.” –The Austin Chronicle

“While joining this joy ride, discerning music lovers should be ecstatic, too and ready to welcome Willis back to business with open arms.” –popmatters

Back Being Blue is Willis’ seventh full-length studio album and her first solo project since her 2007 LP, Translated from Love. Willis’ husband Bruce Robison produced the new album entirely in analogue in his rural recording studio in the pair’s home state of Texas. Willis wrote six of the 10 tracks herself, with help from the likes of Rodney Crowell on the additional four. Notable guests on the record include Eleanor Whitmore (of The Mastersons and Steve Earle and the Dukes), Mark Spencer (of Son Volt) and Trevor Nealon (of Band of Heathens). Back Being Blue is available for purchase HERE.

Willis is herself a longtime feature in the city, having moved to Austin to pursue music shortly after graduating from high school. Not long after, famed singer/songwriter Nancy Griffith took a shine to her voice and recommended Willis to producer Tony Brown, one of the titans of Nashville country, who signed her to a deal with MCA. Willis found herself in the spotlight of country music world in Nashville, with three albums released to widespread critical acclaim.

In the intervening years, Willis refined her signature alt-country style on her own terms, releasing three full-length albums and collaborating with husband Robison on additional projects. Her last album, Translated from Love, was released in 2007 to ardent critical praise. NPR’s “Fresh Air” termed the album, “a terrific piece of pop opera,” while Interview echoed, “Kelly Willis ultimately blows away the year’s biggest noisemakers.”

For more information, please contact Samantha Tillman, Kate Rakvic or Carla Sacks at Sacks & Co., 212.741.1000.



June 16 /// Eden, TX /// Green Apple Arts Center
June 22 /// Gruene, TX /// Gruene Hall
June 23 /// Franklin, TN /// The Franklin Theatre
June 24 /// Atlanta, GA /// Smithe’s Olde Bar
June 29 /// Columbus, OH /// Natalie’s
June 30 /// Chicago, IL /// TBD
July 1 /// St Louis, MO /// Off Broadway
July 21 /// Gateshead, UK /// Sage Gateshead
July 23 /// Bristol, UK /// Redgrave Theatre
July 24 /// London, UK /// The Lexington
July 25 /// Nottingham, UK /// The Maze
July 27 /// Bury, UK /// The Met
July 28 /// Leeds, UK /// Seven Arts
July 29 /// Edinburgh, UK /// Voodoo Room