Q: Your new album Plain Simple Me doesn't suggest someone who has just entered the field, but a professional musician with a confident outlook and an established vision. How long have you been doing this?
A: My band, Kelly's Lot, has been around for 18 years playing regionally in Southern California with a couple national tours under our belt and five tours in Europe. We play rock and blues. Before that I was a…Continue
Posted on March 7, 2014 at 9:30pm
Willy Collins has a gift for words. They can be subtly sharp, almost lost in the mellow country grooves of his band. There is pain conveyed on his new album Building Bridges, and the sorrow goes down so smoothly that it’s nearly undetected. “You left me shattered/Like a fallen light on the floor,” Collins sings on “Broken Dreams.” The anguished imagery in those lines recall Mark Eitzel of American Music Club at his most pointed and vivid. Nevertheless, the songs themselves…Continue
Posted on February 24, 2014 at 1:00am
Q: Your new self-titled album doesn't suggest someone who has just entered the field, but a professional musician with a confident outlook and an established vision. How long have you been doing this?
A: I started playing music in bands when I was twelve years old playing all original music that I wrote. You must remember my mega-hits "Fun In The USA" and "Loving All I Gotta Do?" No? My first songs. I wrote and released my first album in 1986. It was a Gospel album…Continue
Posted on February 17, 2014 at 1:00am
Q: How old were you when you became hooked on music, and what sounds did you gravitate to?
A: It’s funny; I just connected with some old grade-school friends, and we were talking about the explosion of music in the early '60s when we were in our early teens. It was everywhere you turned and all different kinds of music. There was my mom listening to Sinatra, and my sister and her Motown greats that she played over and over. Then there was The Beatles and The Stones,…Continue
Posted on February 11, 2014 at 8:00pm