Husband and wife team Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis reveal a quiet plea for love on the slow-burning and delicate "If I Had a Rose."
The song, which Wide Open Country is exclusively premiering today, is the couple's first together since releasing their duets album Our Year in 2014. It was recorded at The Bunker, Robison's analog studio in Lockhart, Texas where he records his music web series The Next Waltz.
"If I had a rose, held it in my hand/Standing at your door, would I be the man?" Willis sings, with Robison joining in with warm harmonies. "Would it take one? Would it take two? Would it take a dozen to get through to you? Would I be gettin' warm/ would I be gettin' close if I had a rose?"
Willis says the song finally came together when she and her husband began singing in unison.
"It was an honor to record again with this band of brilliant musicians. I especially love singing harmonies with Bruce in the moment as we are recording the whole song," Willis tells Wide Open Country. "We sing differently than if we came back and added the harmony later. It feels like magic or a party trick the way the band unravels the mystery of a song. I thought, 'So THAT'S how this song goes.'"
Robison launched The Next Waltz in 2016. The series has featured The Turnpike Troubadours, Sam Outlaw, Jerry Jeff Walker, Lee Ann Womack, Jack Ingram and more.
Earlier this year, Willis released Back Being Blue, her first solo album of new material in 11 years.