In keeping with its commitment to offer its audiences a wide variety of musical styles, Music in the Mountains is pleased to bring the best in country music. Country music lovers are in for a real treat on Saturday, July 25 when Texas country music singer-songwriter Bruce Robison and his wife, Kelly Willis bring their charms to the stage at BootJack Ranch.
For those who are not yet familiar with Bruce Robison, his songwriting track record speaks for itself. Robison has written four no. 1 hits, including “Wrapped” recorded by George Strait, “Travelin’ Soldier,” recorded by the Dixie Chicks, and “Angry All the Time,” recorded by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. George Strait also recorded a version of Robison’s tune, “Desperately,” that made it into the Top 5.
As a performer, Relix Magazine says he has “as striking a voice as anyone writing songs today ... somewhere between Van Morrison and Levon Helm, Robison’s croon is as soulful as it is rocking.”
In his latest album Robison brings the full wild range of American music to bear on his song craft. “The New World” features sunny country and western backbeats, world-weary soul ballads, stripped-down rockabilly drive and some relentless stomp. He writes songs about how humans are, not how some might want them to be. His lyrics describe characters who see the same old world but with new eyes. In his clear-eyed, deeply felt songs that are heartbreaking, hilarious, sweet and stirring, Robison takes everyday reality and makes it new again.
Robison’s wife, Kelly Willis, will join him on the BootJack stage. She has been described by National Public Radio as “alternative country’s golden goddess.” Her career began nearly 20 years ago, when she attracted the notice of such influential Texas singer-songwriters as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett.
Robison and Willis, who married in 1996, are favorites in the Austin, Texas music scene. They reside in Austin with their four children, including a set of twins.
“We have listened to our audiences,” says Janis Moomaw, who chairs Pagosa’s Music in the Mountains steering committee.
“They have asked us to offer a country music concert, and we feel we have found excellent performers to fill the bill. We hope that our audiences will support our efforts to bring high quality music to our BootJack Ranch stage,” she said.
The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. BootJack Ranch is located 11.5 miles east of the junction of U.S. 84 and 160.
Tickets are priced at $45 and are available through the Pagosa Springs Chamber of Commerce office or online at www.musicinthemountains.com.