Never underestimate the power of a great lead single. The power of the song beats any kind of marketing you do for an album. That is the certainly the case with Kelly Willis’ lead single “Back Being Blue.” The album with the same name is set for release next month. And if it’s as good as this song, we’re in for one great album. This will be her first album in over ten years, as in recent years she’s released duet albums with her husband and fellow country artist Bruce Robison. The song hooked me from the very first listen. With tinges of R&B and blues complimenting a classic country sound, Willis sings about the heartbreak of hearing about her now ex being back in the arms of another woman. The ex tries breaking things off amicably, but the heartache is still palpable from the woman as she watches love walk away from her. The whole song is a classically fresh approach to the heartbreak song, conveying both heartbreaking emotion and an easily relatable story. Kelly Willis delivers a real knockout here and I’m looking forward to hear the rest of Back Being Blue.
Grade: Great Heartbreak Song
Songwriter: Kelly Willis