Highly-Anticipated Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band Available April 28

Nashville, TN – – –  March 20 – – – When the music drives, it is no surprise you take the long road. 

A meaningful, musical voice in Americana and Country music, Bruce Robison has taken his time releasing Bruce Robison & the Back Porch BandAvailable on April 28, the album marks his first solo project since 2008 (The New World).

has been making music professionally for decades, including No. 1 hits
for Dixie Chicks, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, and George Strait, but he
has never lost his genuine enthusiasm for music – writing it, recording
it, playing it, sharing it. He literally can’t keep it to himself, and
you feel that urgency of discovery and passion on every cut of this new
album. Robison has also poured that passion into his new project, The Next Waltz,
a blossoming community of artists, fans and friends gathering both
virtually and at his recording studio in Lockhart, just outside of

impeccable musical taste and ability, Robison is a trusted North Star
for anyone searching for music that is rooted in rich traditions and
untethered creativity.

is where it all starts for me,” he explains. “Whether it’s my writing,
or songs I want to do with somebody else. I love the mechanics of it;
how simple it can be.” 

it simple was the guiding principle behind the album, which is a
collection of Robison originals, co-writes, and covers that capture
country’s most beloved stylistic elements:  good-time, lighthearted
romps (“Rock and Roll Honky Tonk Ramblin’ Man;” “Paid My Dues”) and
wistful, sometimes bittersweet ballads (“Long Time Coming;”  “Still
Doin’ Time”). But even the Who’s “Squeezebox” — which Robison calls “a
great country song by some English dudes” — shows up, in a lively
version dressed with Cajun fiddle by Warren Hood and acoustic guitar and
harmonies by Robison’s wife, Kelly Willis.  

Robison’s last two albums were with Willis (Cheaters Game and Our Year)
and while they are currently creating separately, Robison found the
perfect love song to record for this album (he says he’s incapable of
writing one of his own): Damon Bramblett’s “The Years,” a sweet, slow
waltz with harmony from Willis.
album reflects other influences as well: Christie Hayes’ “Lake of Fire”
displays his love of the ‘70s West Coast sound embodied by Jackson
Browne and Linda Ronstadt.  
always collecting songs,” he says. “That’s what The Next Waltz is
about, too; I’m just a fan of songs, and I love the way they come alive
in the hands of the right artist.” 
Next Waltz is a musical salon where you can find Jerry Jeff Walker’s
ruminations on writing “Mr. Bojangles,” an exclusive recording of Randy
Rogers singing Merle Haggard’s “Misery and Gin,” the Turnpike
Troubadours performing “Come As You Are,” or Rodney Crowell telling
Robison and Willis about how he came to own one of John Lennon’s suits.  

has created a place where songs are re-imagined, with reinvigorated
covers and crafted new works. Meanwhile, he’s cultivating a house band
he hopes might one day be as revered as Stax Records’ Booker T. &
the M.G.’s or Muscle Shoals’ Swampers. The Back Porch Band does it
old-school, all analog, cutting songs together in one paneled room where
“happy accidents and all kinds of things that just feel real,”
including sound bleed, are allowed to occur. 

Waltz sessions are documented on video, along with interviews in which
Robison, speaking artist-to-artist, often draws out stories journalists
don’t. The content is designed to let fans peek behind the curtain to
witness the creative process, not only providing unique insights, but
tightening their connection to the proverbial unbroken circle of country

influence extends far beyond songwriting; Robison’s ultimate dream for
The Next Waltz is to follow in the late Guy and Susanna Clark’s
footsteps by providing a safe, welcoming place for artists, a haven
where musicians can socialize, inspire one another artistically and find
a creative, emotional and spiritual nourishment. 

windows are rolled down; fresh air pours in: “It’s all about performing
the song and seeing where it takes us,” says Robison, “and having great
players in a real collaborative atmosphere.”

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