I wasn't in the mood for anything truly guilty today, although, as far as this artist goes, these are about as guilty as they get.
I saw Kelly Willis at the Iron Horse Cafe in 1991. I went with my mother. Don't judge. It's the only time I ever sat in the balcony there. By the way, no better place to see live music. She was touring in support of her 2nd album, Bang Bang, which was not a bad album - at all - but her weakest, in my personal opinion. Her record label, MCA, didn't really market her well.
Anyway, this song was from her 1st album - this performance is from Austin City Limits. She very clearly states that this is her favorite song to perform. Having seen the song performed live, I can testify to the fact that she does, indeed, enjoy performing this song, and it shows.
This song, also from her first album - Well-Traveled Love, which qualifies as my favorite country album of all time - wasn't exactly as much fun to perform, I imagine. It's beautifully sung and performed - by now, you all know I'm a sucker for a lapsteel. Lyrically, the song - written by the great Paul Kennerley - speaks to a subject matter we all know well - falling for the wrong person. Kelly was married to her drummer at the time.... she divorced him the next year, so her rendition of the song was.... well, poignant.