"It was a real gift to be placed in a company like that with a team like that that are doing as much as they can to help you. But raised with a well-rounded musical appreciation, the restless daughter of an on-the-move military family wasn't in tune with what was playing on country radio before her career took off."When I listen to that stuff now, I like the stuff back then that I used to hate," she said. I mean, not that I go around listening to it all the time, but if it comes on the radio, I might turn it up and sing along.Robison pretended to prod Willis for not remembering the name of the song they did write together, though he didn't have a clue, either. " he asked his wife, trying to come up with the words."Oh, I'll think about it ..." They've been collaborating almost since they met, though that first encounter in the early 1990s didn't exactly start out on a good note.It's probably a classifiable disorder that I had at the time." Their initial unofficial collaboration might have sounded like true romance, but they didn't exactly win over any new fans, according to Willis."The first time we spent any time together, I remember we were sitting on a rooftop at a friend's house (in Austin) and started singing some Everly Brothers songs together," Willis said.But with a series of Texas dates within the past two weeks, they began what resembles -- at least for now -- a farewell tour.So their new record , the follow-up symbolizes what Robison calls "a great document" of their time together.
And so, you know, that's a great thing when that's what you're looking for." Other questions and revelations sprouted during this three-way conversation, and early on Willis wondered out loud about the writing imbalance on their records. It doesn't often have a place that Bruce can put his personality on." Willis was pleased to announce that she's already written about six songs for her next solo project, and is writing more on her own without the aid of a partner before seeing "where I need help and what's missing.features several hidden chestnuts written by other notable songwriters such as T Bone Burnett ("Shake Yourself Loose") and Walter Hyatt ("Motor City Man"), while two by Robison ("Carousel," "Anywhere But Here") and one by Willis ("Lonely For You") were composed with other people. But put them together in a room with pens in hand, and their collective songbook might as well be a coloring book.Before deciding to team up with his wife, Robison did his homework and was happy to discover that some of his heroes (Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings) were real men who successfully collaborated with their better halves (June Carter Cash, Jessi Colter). If songwriting partners were cartoon characters, Bruce and Kelly might rank with Popeye and Olive Oyl or Fred and Wilma Flintstone, who quarrel and quibble a bit but at the end of the day hug it out. "We wrote a song that almost made it onto this thing," Robison said, before admitting the cold, hard truth. It's just ." Quickly chiming in, Willis dryly added: "I don't know why. It's such a weird thing to sit there and throw things out and say, 'I like that,' and say, 'I don't like that.' So we really just ...Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison are getting ready to take a break from each other. Married with four children, Willis and Robison put aside their Lone Star lives as solo artists a few years ago to unite as an all-Americana couple. The tuneful toast of Texas twosomes who helped make Austin awesome aren't for a split second sailing into the sunset like Captain & Tennille.