A true Austin treasure, Willis has had an extensive career dating back more than 25 years, when she first touched down in Texas. Beginning with rockabilly band Radio Ranch, she moved on to a solo stint with a major label and from there into a duo career with Robison. For the first time since her 2007 album Translated From Love, Willis released new original solo work, a single titled “Flower on the Vine,” on July 8.
Describing the song, Willis says, “[My songs] are usually pretty personal. And few and far between.”
The webcast offers some remarkable moments, a result of Robison’s curious nature and familiar demeanor. Kelly shines as a musician who just can’t seem to quit despite life’s challenges — a relatable sentiment to many artists and a startling reality for fans who, during this year in particular, have watched their musical heroes go out with their boots on, so to speak.
As Kelly talks about trying to quit the music business, songwriting, and the changes in her career, one can’t help but be enthralled by her gentle voice and charismatic charms. Through the enchanting short film, visionary video director Spencer Peeples artfully captures an undeniably authentic experience ofKelly Willis as a human being and as a musician. Transported to the seat next to Willis on the couch, viewers catch a rare and intimate glimpse into her life and career.
“Flower on the Vine” plays softly in the background acting as the score to this window onto her life —a fitting role as she reveals her songs are a reflection of her secular experiences.
Written by Lauren Trahan