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Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – Cheater’s Game (Premium)

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Bruce Robison Kelly Willis Cheater's Game album reviewBruce Robison, an Austin based singer/songwriter, (Dixie Chicks -“Travelin’ Soldier,” George Strait -“Wrapped,” Tim McGraw & Faith Hill – “Angry All The Time”) and his wife singer/songwriter Kelly Willis, are the parents of four children including a set of twins.  Willis, with eight albums, has recently returned to her music career after understandably devoting several years to family matters.  This represents their first full album collaboration since the seasonal “Happy Holidays” album in 2003. 

The album’s title song, one of the six tracks, out of 13, that Robison wrote, is a perfect showcase for Willis’ unique vocals.  When she sings “Little heartache, little pain,” her voice exudes both in a haunting evocation of Wynette.  Robison takes the lead on Robert Earl Keen’s “No Kinda Dancer” and on Don Williams’ “We’re All The Way” while Willis leads on Razzy Bailey’s “9,999,999 Tears” and Robison’s “Ordinary Fool.”  The latter is reminiscent of a classic rendition of Marcia Ball’s “Find Another Fool” on Willis’ 2006 Easy album.  Other highlights include Dave Alvin’s “Border Radio” and Robison’s “Dreamin’.“  Austin’s first couple of country music has presented their fans with an album overflowing with authentic country music!

 – Scott Peavler

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