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Family affair: Willy Porter’s latest folk album got a boost from his kids

Willy Porter is touring in support of his album “Human Kindness.” (Courtesy of Matthew Bushey)

Willy Porter is touring in support of his album “Human Kindness.” (Courtesy of Matthew Bushey)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Willy Porter is excited to be out on the road.

The singer-songwriter worked tirelessly on his current album, “Human Kindness” for three years.

“It’s been pretty nonstop,” he says during a recent phone interview. “I’ve been working on and off for three years and finally have the album out.”

Porter has been making folk music professionally for more than 20 years. He’s released 10 albums. Yet, making “Human Kindness” was an entirely different process for the musician.

Porter was able to do all the writing and recording at his home. He spent a lot of time mixing and mastering the songs.

“It was a great process,” he says. “I didn’t have any commute and I could make changes as I needed them. My daughter got to play cello on it and my kids got to be part of the process and see how these projects come to life. It was powerful in some ways.”

By recording at home, Porter says he was able to be there for dinner and be a part of his children’s lives.

“They are musicians to a certain extent,” he says. “My daughter is a singer and is in musical theater. They are both musically aware, though I think they are too smart to pursue a career in music.”

Porter says being at home also lent itself to delving further into his writing process.

“I had a chance to take my time with each song,” he says. “Each song got the attention needed for it to be complete. It was a great process not to be rushed in so many ways.”

Though “Human Kindness” was released this year, Porter has some new music with fellow singer-songwriter Carmen Nickerson. He will be performing some of those songs as well as his new material during his set.

“I don’t go out on tours that are long anymore because I want to be home with my children as much as possible,” he says. “It’s still nice to get out on the road and see new and old friends.”