Bruce's and Kelly's marriage seems to be much happier than George's and Tammy's ever was, and the contrast is reflected in the music, where the love that the couple have for each other shines through. This album is a mix of seven covers and three originals, but while some of the covers are of famous songs, others most certainly are not. Bruce Robison co-wrote two tracks (Carousel, Anywhere but here) while Kelly co-wrote Lonely for You. Those are the three original songs. The choice and arrangement of the covers show plenty of imagination, some sounding more like the originals than others, but all of them distinctive in their different ways. Shake Yourself Loose, a cover of a T-Bone Burnett song, I'll Go to My Grave Loving You, a cover of a Statler Brothers song, the title track, a cover of a Zombies song, provide great examples of that imagination..
The opening track is a cover of Departing Louisiana, which I've not heard before, along with the vast majority of people on Planet Earth. It was written and first recorded by Robyn Ludwick (Bruce Robison's sister), and was released on her 2005 album For So Long.
Next comes Motor City Man, written by Walter Hyatt who died in a 1996 plane crash. His own version was unfinished but was released posthumously after some overdubbing,
Hangin' on, first recorded by The Gosdin Brothers (one of them was Vern Gosdin), but has been covered by several country singers as well as pop singers such as Cher and Cliff Richard. The title varies, sometimes prefixed (Just enough to keep me), sometimes prefixed (You keep me) and sometimes without a prefix, but it's still the same song.
Harper Valley PTA is a very famous country song from the sixties, originally recorded by Margie Singleton, who held back the release of her version because she was about to tour abroad. By the time she returned, Jeannie C Riley had recorded it and her version became a huge hit. I don't always think the hit versions are the best, but in this case, even the great Kelly Willis can't quite match Jeannie's version, but I'm still pleased that Kelly recorded and released her version of this song.