Kelly Willis is set to release her new album Back Being Blue ahead of a UK tour including a gig at The Met in Bury.

Back Being Blue is due for release on 6 July via Premium Records/Thirty Tigers and marks her first solo project in 11 years.  The album follows her previous release, the 2007 LP Translated From Love.

Back Being Blue was produced by Willis’ husband, Bruce Robinson, in an analogue style in his rural recording studio in their home state of Texas.  The 10-track album features notable guests including Eleanor Whitmore (The Mastersons and Steve Earle and the Dukes), Mark Spencer (Son Volt) and Trevor Nealon (Band of Heathens).

Speaking about Back Being Blue, Willis commented, “I attempted to make music that could fit in any era but leans on the simplicity of the music that first inspired me.  Roots rockabilly country blues, to narrow it down for you!  Kind of a Nick Lowe meets Skeeter Davis meets Crystal Gayle.  Sounds that were in full blaze when I first moved to Austin.”

When does Kelly Willis headline at The Met?

Kelly Willis headlines at The Met, Bury, on 27 July.  The gig is one of seven the singer has announced:
21 July   –   Gateshead, The Sage
23 July   –   Bristol, Redgrave Theatre
24 July   –   London, The Lexington
25 July   –   Nottingham, Maze
27 July   –   Bury, The Met
28 July   –   Leeds, Seven Arts
29 July   –   Edinburgh, Voodoo Room

When is Back Being Blue released?

Kelly Willis’ new album Back Being Blue is set for UK release on 6 July.