Die beiden hier werden in den USA schon als das coolste Paar der Americana-Szene gefeiert. „Our Year“ hebt sie noch näher ran an Johnny ’n’ June oder George ’n’ Tammy.
If Austin’s happily egalitarian music scene suddenly switched to a monarchy, Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis might have to learn to perform while balancing hefty crowns. The two already reign as one of Americana music’s coolest couples, and their latest release, Our Year, elevates them closer to the lofty territory once occupied by beloved royals Johnny ’n’ June and George ’n’ Tammy. Working again in Nashville with producer Brad Jones (Cheater's Game), they delivered their musical thoughts in 10 outstanding tracks, from formidable originals to well-honed covers including a knockout version of the Tom T. Hall-penned “Harper Valley PTA.” Jeannie C. Riley’s 1968 hit sounds like a classic all over again in the hands of this pair - and the chicken-pickin’, mandolin-plucking, shaker-grooving players who back them on this tart tale. The desire to capture that live dynamic - their “swampier, grittier side” - drove the creation of Our Year, Willis says. Robison calls their style “a modern take on classic country music, without being retro.”