Willison Roos has bounded onto the Boise music scene providing a “no rough edges” sound, blending rich vocals with an acoustic folk-rock backdrop. The smooth harmonies and rhythmic acoustic instrumentation make for an unforgettable sound. Their first collaborative album, titled “All These Years,” released in July 2012, unveils their songwriting talents and features the soulful vocal harmonies of the duo. Lyrically, Willison reveals an honest and reflective view of life’s journeys. Sunset honors moments when all is right, “In the quiet of the day, as the sun slips away I know that you’re mine.” The captivating and compelling Hear the Whisper expresses the innermost desires to reach beyond what is comfortable and “go outside to what is unknown.” Roos delivers an Americana feel and his Something in the Wind, written about the Idaho wind, conveys a foreboding warning and premonition, “The wind it blows right through me, I cannot turn away, and something tells me that I’d better listen.” His ode to love gone bad, Breaks My Heart, speaks of a longing “like a magnet, water to my thirst, a soothing to my soul…” Song for Reginaldo, a tribute to an elder that Willison met while touring Guatemala, urges the world to be “demanding that the earth breathes as one.” This collection also contains the duo’s first collaborative writing projects, Flywheel and Something Beautiful. In 2004, Jenny Willison was coaxed onto the stage by Grammy award winner and Boise native, Randy Coryell, and by 2008 had completed her debut CD in First Step. Chicago’s Relevant Radio described Willison’s sound as “Indigo Girls, with a touch of Emmy Lou Harris and a dash of Gillian Welch meets Shawn Colvin.” Matt Roos, an established Idaho musician who authored amongst other songs the state’s centennial song, Celebrate Idaho has perfected the duo’s harmonizing vocals. Roos’ roots in folk rock and jazz and Willison’s Sheryl Crow-like sound create a captivating chemistry. Willison Roos is part of the Boise night scene but also contribute regularly to one of the area’s largest contemporary worship services on Sundays at the Cathedral of the Rockies, making them appealing to varied audiences. Band members include one of the Northwest’s finest fiddle players, Charlie Burry, Marc Herring (bass), Tony Songer and Scott Learned (drums).
- Marcus Hardy
- Mary Louise Knutson