Bruce Robison has been making music professionally for decades. He still discusses his craft with so much enthusiasm he sounds almost like a kid raving about superheroes. That infectious energy is evident in every note of his new album, Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band, as well as his new project, The Next Waltz, a blossoming community of artists, fans and friends gathering both virtually and at his recording studio in Lockhart, just outside of Austin.
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Bruce Robison hasn't released a solo album in almost a decade, but not for lack of productivity. In that time, the local songwriter who authored top country hits "Travelin' Solider" (Dixie Chicks), "Angry All the Time" (Tim McGraw & Faith Hill), and "Wrapped" (George Strait), delivered two excellent duet LPs with wife Kelly Willis and debuted web series The Next Waltz from his studio outside Lockhart.
Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band. He is married to singer-songwriter Kelly Willis; they have four children. Bruce and his siblings, fellow singer-songwriters Charlie Robison (ex-husband of Dixie Chicks member Emily Robison) and Robyn Ludwick, grew up in Bandera, Texas and currently reside in Austin, Texas.
Now, Bruce Robison returns with his first new solo album in almost a decade. Bruce Robison & The Back Porch Band follows the critically acclaimed singer down a nine-song journey largely inspired by a new love he found after his last solo record: The Next Waltz. The Next Waltz is the result of Robison bringing amazing artists into his amazing space to record amazing songs and capturing the entire process. Again, it all goes back to the old days. They were trying to find the absolute best songs and put them with the absolute best artists," Robison says
Bruce Robison has the most amiable personality in country, Americana music today. The album was cut in one paneled room using analog equipment to give it that old-time feeling where accidents become part of the recording. Robison may call the tunes, but everyone in the Back Porch Band (core members include Marty Muse on steel, Brian Beken on fiddle and bass, Chip Dolan on keyboards and Conrad Choucroun on drums), gets to show off their stuff.
Bruce Robison Talks New Album, Chasing Nashville Fame. Texas singer-songwriter released ‘Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band’ last month. In the course of the past year, Robison has taken that principle even further with his web series The Next Waltz. Recorded in his studio with the help of The Back Porch Band players, the series brings musicians in for interviews and to play and even write songs for one-off, on-the-spot recordings. Lee Ann Womack, Sam Outlaw, Turnpike Troubadours, and Jerry Jeff Walker have all been guests. That can be a really creative place, like it was back in the Fifties and Sixties where people knew they really had to create a single that would turn peoples’ heads, says Robison