Thursday, February 4, 2010

A Cavalcade of Kelly Willis

It's kinda hard to believe that it's been 20 years since Kelly Willis' first album came out. I always thought she'd become a bigger star, but maybe that cliche "too country for rock, too rock for country" really did hinder her career. But I'd rather not dwell, so here's a great little homage to Ms. Willis put together by blog readers Al (the A sides) and Jerald (the B sides). Though I did pick out the picture. :)

Bang Bang
Reason to Believe
The More That I'm Around You
Sincerely (Too Late to Turn Back Now)
Take Me Down
Heaven's Just a Sin Away
Easy (As Falling Apart)
Cradle of Love
I Don't Want To Love You (But I Do)
River of Love
Hidden Things
Not What I Had in Mind
What World Are You Living in?
Get Real
If I Left You
Whatever Way the Wind Blows
Drive South
Teddy Boys

It's A Cheatin' Situation
Little Honey
Your Cheatin' Heart
Parallel Bars
Ride Me Down Easy
That's How I Got To Memphis
Rex's Blues
The Only One
When My Baby's Beside Me
Golden Ring
Lady Yesterday
When I Loved You
Absentee Rag
Truckstop Girl
The Circle
Friendless Marriage
We Always Fight When We Drink Gin
Take Me
Me And Mr. Jones


bostig said...

Hi, Always nice to hear some Kelly Willis. Congrats to the good choices.

scberry said...

Thanks very much! I had a flawed MP3 of "Absentee Rag" many years ago and I always wanted an upgrade.

Ishkabibliophile said...

@ bostig and scberry,
I agree - Al and Jerald did a really top notch job. And I think Absentee Rag is the best thing on that 8 1/2 Souvenirs album (their first one is much better.)

勁爆 said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical.........................................

Anonymous said...

Finally, the demands of the people have been answered! Thanks Al and Jerald. Now, how about some Cheri Knight?

Ishkabibliophile said...

Well, there is a little Cheri Knight in the newest post.....

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

these are absolute gems! thank u so much

Ishkabibliophile said...


I'm glad to do it (even if Al and Jerald did this one. :)

Miles said...

Ditto on Kelly. I had one or two of her CD's that got lost in a purge and wouldn't mind getting reacquainted. Thanks for the opportunity.

Anonymous said...

This Kelly Willis comp is amazing.

Muchisima Gracias !!

Anonymous said...

Great compilations.

Can't work out the source of the version of "Your Cheatin Heart" on the B-sides. Does anybody know?



Ishkabibliophile said...


It was on a cd called Early Tracks, though I forgot how I got it. :)

Anonymous said...

was just looking back at this and noticed the question about "Your Cheatin' Heart". If memory serves that was on a cd which came with a book by Billy Poore who recorded some tracks with a very young Kelly back in the DC/Virgina area. I think... Jerald

Anonymous said...

I believe "Your Cheatin Heart" is from Kelly's first band Kelly and the Fireballs. As someone pointed out earlier, her first band was based in Virginia. Soon after this recording she moved to Austin and the band broke up. She then formed another band Radio Ranch that backs her on the first album.

mike said...

The "B Sides" looks like it's been deleted for Kelly Willis. Can you kindly re-up those so that this collection is complete? Thanks so much!

Ishkabibliophile said...

I just put it back up. Enjoy!