SOURCE: Rykodisc

June 04, 2007 10:53 ET

Kelly Willis' "Translated From Love" to Be Released on Rykodisc June 26

Tour Dates Confirmed; Willis Shoots Video for the Album's First Single "Teddy Boys"

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 4, 2007) -


"...stunning voice that combines honky-tonk sass with bruised vulnerability..." -- Los Angeles Times

Kelly Willis, named by NPR as "alternative country's golden goddess," returns after five years with the much-anticipated "Translated From Love." The album is already garnering praise -- Performing Songwriter says, "...Willis comes off like the prom queen who's learned how to tell fresh guys where to stick it -- and laugh while she does it," and Venus Zine says, "...this time around...we find a wiser more experienced singer...."

Rykodisc will release the new album on June 26. A national tour begins in June and features performances in Austin, Philadelphia, New York and Chicago. Additional dates will be announced shortly.

A video for the album's first single "Teddy Boys," will be filmed on June 6 in Brooklyn, NY and will include a cameo appearance by Adam Green (Moldy Peaches) who penned the tune. Willis says of the song, "Chuck brought that in, and it was one of the few songs we completely agreed on at the beginning. It was just complete fun, and an obvious nod to my rockabilly days -- I wanted to somehow honor and give respect to that." A digital single of "Teddy Boys" is available now at iTunes and other digital retailers.

Produced by long-time collaborator Chuck Prophet, "Translated From Love" is Willis' most adventurous album to date. Willis says, "The whole experience was surprising at every turn and challenging, too, doing some material that might not be what people expect out of me." She goes on to say, "I was able to get some songs written that I am proud of and excited about and that give the album some of its depth and personality and soul." Prophet describes, "We cooked up a cool record. Wrote a mess of songs. We got all 'housewife goth' with it -- gingham aprons and bad blood."

The album's 12 tracks are comprised of originals, covers and collaborations. Willis co-wrote the six original songs including the Willis/Prophet tunes "Sweet Little One" and "Losing You," which feature the Tosca String Quartet and Greg Leisz on the twelve-string guitar and pedal steel. Appearing on the record are Willis' husband and highly regarded country music songwriter Bruce Robison on "The More I'm Around You" and "Too Much To Lose" and acclaimed singer-songwriter Jules Shear who contributes as a songwriter and musician on "Don't Know Why," "Lucky or Something Like It," and "Too Much To Lose." "Translated From Love" includes covers of Adam Green's "Teddy Boys," Stephen Yerkey's "Translated From Love," and a raucous, countrified version of Iggy Pop's "Success" featuring The Gourds and Michael Ramos.

"Translated from Love" is the follow-up to the acclaimed "Easy" (2002), of which Rolling Stone said, "Kelly Willis' sweet, burnished voice practically spells heartache..." Since her debut in 1990, Willis has released six albums. In 1999, Rykodisc released her breakthrough album "What I Deserve," which Time Magazine called the "country record of the year." Willis has spent the five years between "Easy" and "Translated From Love" raising her four children.

KELLY WILLIS TOUR

June 26         Austin, TX             Waterloo in-store
June 27         Little Rock, AR        Robinson Center *
June 29         New Braunfels, TX      Gruene Hall
June 30         Corpus Christi, TX     Brewster Street Icehouse
July 5          Houston, TX            The Mucky Duck
July 6          Birmingham, AL         Zydeco
July 7          Atlanta, GA            Smith's Olde Bar
July 20         Dallas, TX             The Granada Theater
July 21         Austin, TX             Stubb's BBQ
July 24         Annapolis, MD          The Rams Head Tavern
July 25         Philadelphia, PA       Tin Angel
July 26         Washington, D.C.       The Birchmere
July 28         New York, NY           Bowery Ballroom
July 29         Carrboro, NC           Cat's Cradle
August 15       Kansas City, MO        Davey's Uptown
August 17       Minneapolis, MN        The Fine Line
August 18       Chicago, IL            Old Town School of Folk Music
August 19       Bristol, TN            Paramount Theatre *
September 26    Nashville, TN          Belcourt Theater
October 11      Plano, TX              Oak Point Amphitheater
October 14      College Station, TX    Big State Music Festival
*June 27 - with Merle Haggard

* August 19 - Mountain Stage "Moving the Mountain Tour"

More dates to be announced soon

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