5 April 2013 – Kelly Willis – I Don’t Want To Love You (But I Do) & River Of Love – over on Wicked Guilty Pleasures

I wasn’t in the mood for anything truly guilty today, although, as far as this artist goes, these are about as guilty as they get.

I saw Kelly Willis at the Iron Horse Cafe in 1991.  I went with my mother.  Don’t judge.  It’s the only time I ever sat in the balcony there.  By the way, no better place to see live music.  She was touring in support of her 2nd album, Bang Bang, which was  not a bad album – at all – but her weakest, in my personal opinion.  Her record label, MCA, didn’t really market her well.

Anyway, this song was from her 1st album – this performance is from Austin City Limits.  She very clearly states that this is her favorite song to perform.  Having seen the song performed live, I can testify to the fact that she does, indeed, enjoy performing this song, and it shows.

This song, also from her first album – Well-Traveled Love, which qualifies as my favorite country album of all time – wasn’t exactly as much fun to perform, I imagine.  It’s beautifully sung and performed – by now, you all know I’m a sucker for a lapsteel.  Lyrically, the song – written by the great Paul Kennerley – speaks to a subject matter we all know well – falling for the wrong person.  Kelly was married to her drummer at the time…. she divorced him the next year, so her rendition of the song was…. well, poignant.

This post was originally posted on Wicked Guilty Pleasures, at http://sobadforyou.blogspot.com/2013/04/5-april-2013-kelly-willis-i-dont-want.html. Please check it out over there!


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