Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison’s “Our Year” Will Be Their Final Album Together

Album features Kelly and Bruce’s versions of songs like “Motor City Man” and “Harper Valley P.T.A.”

photo by Chad Wadsworth/Conqueroo

Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison may make magic when they sing together, as on their May release Our Year or on 2013’s Cheater’s Game, but family is always top priority for the Texas couple. The couple’s four kids range in age from 8 to 13 and all are involved in a variety of activities.

“Most of my time is spent doing the family stuff,” says Kelly, calling to chat about the album. “Even from on the road, you know, that’s the one problem for Bruce and I—we’re both gone at the same time now, so it requires so much planning and thinking ahead what everyone’s gonna need and how to get them wherever they need to be. That’s most of my life is really taking care of these kids.”

Still, Kelly and Bruce will tour to support Our Year, which is 10 tracks long and mostly consists of outside songs, like Walter Hyatt’s “Motor City Man” and even Tom T. Hall’s classic “Harper Valley P.T.A.,” which Jeannie C. Riley turned into a hit. But once this tour is over, that’s it—the couple isn’t planning to make another album together.

“We don’t plan to make another record after this one together, because it’s just too hard on the kids and on us to be away from them,” says Kelly. “Even though we only will go for four days or something and come back, it’s hard on everybody. We just plan to do some solo projects after this and be able to tag team.”

Read more about Kelly, Bruce and Our Year in the June 23 issue of Country Weekly, on stands now.

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