Kelly Willis takes the stage on June 14, 2015 at 7:30 pm in Norman’s Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes, as part of the Depot’s free Summer Breeze concert series.
With rockabilly roots and a heartache-meets-honky-tonk voice, Austin-based Kelly Willis is a new traditionalist singer/songwriter whose tunes effortlessly combine the storytelling and strings aspects of country music and the driving force of rock. Roy Kasten (No Depression) says “There's emotion in the seams of her phrasing, in the finest of scratch at the edges, in her bright sense of timing. She gets across heightened states of heart and mind, which can't really be summed up with words; her voice has that instant force of beauty. Life is present in her voice the way light, and the absence of light, is present in the air.”
Willis recorded her first album, Well Travelled Love, in 1990. She followed with Bang Bang (1991), Kelly Willis (1993), Fading Fast (1996), What I Deserve (1999), Easy (2002), and Translated From Love (2007). After two joint releases, Cheater's Game in 2013 and Our Year in 2014, with husband Bruce Robison featuring duets with beautifully organic close harmonies, Kelly has a solo project currently in the works which is tentatively scheduled for release later this year.
Bring seating and your favorite refreshments, and enjoy a wonderful evening in the park filled with great music!
Summer Breeze Concerts are made possible in part by grants from the Oklahoma Arts Council and the Norman Arts Council and by Community Sponsor Backwoods. Additional funding comes from Contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School & Kindergarten; Republic Bank & Trust; Edward Jones; Dentists Jamie Belknap, Donna Sparks and Kristen Campbell at Norman Smile Center; Andi Berry, Wyoming Art Therapy; Tom McAuliffe, Don Cies Real Estate; Becca Hewes, Yoga Life; 2 Green Chicks; The Mont; EB Dancer; Norman Parks and Recreation Department; Montford Inn; and by Friends Dennis McDonald & Sally Little and Main Street Veterinary Hospital.
For more information, contact The Depot at 405-307-9320.