Kelly Willis

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Tags: country alt-country female vocalists singer-songwriter americana Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1990s 2000s
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2 October 1968, Lawton, Oklahoma, USA. An Austin, Texas-based singer-songwriter, Kelly Willis was signed by MCA Records’ country division in 1990 and widely embraced by critics as a torchbearer for ‘new traditionalism’.

Willis played in her first band when aged 16, performing with her future first husband Mas Palermo. Her raucous vocals proved immediately popular, so much so that the band was renamed Kelly And The Fireballs in her honour. Willis and Palermo relocated to Austin after graduation and established a new band, Radio Ranch. The band impressed Nanci Griffith, who arranged an audition at MCA Records. Their 1990debut album was marketed under Willis’ name in an attempt to capitalise on her striking looks. Willis has often been compared to another MCA artist, Brenda Lee, because her records suggest the same blend of rockabilly, rock ‘n’ roll and ballads, updated for the modern era. The title track of...

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