Country singer is hospitalized with debilitating disease Facebook/@RobynLudwick

If you’re a fan of the Tim McGraw and Faith Hill hit “Angry All the Time,” or the Dixie Chicks’ “Travelin’ Soldier,” or George Strait’s “Wrapped,” then you may not realize it, but you’re also a fan of Bruce Robison. Bruce is the gifted songwriter behind those hits, but he’s also a beautifully raw singer, as is his wife, Kelly Willis. And now, Bruce needs the support of his fans, friends and family.

On May 20, Kelly posted that she was on day six of trying to reduce Bruce’s fever.

"Day 6 of trying to make Bruce's fever go away. This virus is pissing me off. Plus…how long till it goes after ME?" – Kelly

Posted by Kelly Willis on Saturday, May 20, 2017

But a few days later, a representative for the artist posted on his own Facebook page that Bruce had been hospitalized with pneumonia.

Hey folks, Bruce officially has pneumonia. The “lay you up in a hospital” variety. He’s resting and working on getting…

Posted by Bruce Robison on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

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We are shocked to now learn that the talented Texan is in the hospital, afflicted with typhus. A May 27 Facebook post from Bruce’s sister, Robyn Ludwick, who is also a singer-songwriter, reveals that he has been in the hospital for five days after suffering from “severe complications to his liver, kidneys and immune system.”

Posted by Robyn Ludwick on Saturday, May 27, 2017


Online research shows that typhus is a bacterial infection with three different strains. It is extremely rare in the United States, but can be contracted when traveling abroad. It is also potentially fatal if left untreated.

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This news falls just weeks after the release of Bruce’s new album, “Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band,” which includes an incredibly fun acoustic cover of The Who’s “Squeezebox.” Unfortunately, the disease has seriously impacted his ability to promote his new project. However, according to Robyn’s post, the Bandera native should be released from the hospital soon and can hopefully soon return to his routine, including a full summer schedule of touring.


We’re sending lots of prayers to Bruce, Kelly and the family during this difficult time.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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