With a picture from the recording session, depicting Daryle Singletary and the “Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent, the latter announced last August on her Facebook page that she’s recording a duet album with 90’s traditionalist Daryle Singletary.
Singletary, who had Rhonda already singing background vocals on “Would These Arms Be In Your Way” (Hank Cochran, Vern Gosdin, Red Lane) on his self titled debut album for Giant and later on his indie releases was all excited:
“If you love traditional country music, and remember songs originally sung by well-known duet partners like George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn, and Merle Haggard and Bonnie Owens, this is a must-have CD that we are extremely excited about.”
Rhonda, who branched out from Bluegrass to traditional Country Music before, like on her 2014 album “Only Me” where she recorded six Bluegrass & six Country songs, praised Singletary as one of the best singers in this generation of country music. She went on:
“It’s so fun to sing with someone who challenges me as a singer. The songs were given great thought, along with one that was totally unexpected. It’s one of the best projects I’ve ever been part of. I am so proud of this recording, and I cannot wait for the world to hear our wonderful creation, American Grandstand.”
“American Grandstand” will be released on July 7th, and Singletary and Vincent are currently heavily promoting the new disc with several shows during CMA week (formerly Fan Fair) in Nashville. Even “Rolling Stone” magazine labeled them as one of 20 acts not to miss during CMA week. One of the shows they performed together was the “Music City Roots – Live From the Factory” Show hosted by Jim Lauderdale on June 7th in Franklin. The opening track of “American Grandstand,” the Harlan Howard penned classic “Above And Beyond” was chosen by the producers of the radio show to appear on YouTube. “Above And Beyond,” first recorded by Wynn Stewart on a single in 1960, followed by Buck Owens later that same year and then Rodney Crowell in the 80’s, who celebrated his fifth number one song with the classic, is one of my all time favorite songs. It’s nice to see that timeless composition done as a duet and giving it a new realm.
“Besides “Above And Beyond” and their current single “One” below you can find the full track list of “American Grandstand.” The title track is a new song actually written by Rhonda Vincent as part of their collaboration.
American Grandstand Track Listing:
- Above and Beyond
- After The Fire Is Gone
- American Grandstand
- Slowly But Surely
- As We Kiss Our World Goodbye
- Can’t Live Life
- Golden Ring
- We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds
- Louisiana Woman Mississippi Man
- A Picture of Me Without You
- Up This Hill and Down
If you would like to pre-order the “American Grandstand” and get an immediate download of their current single “One,” you can click here.
For more information about Music City Roots – Live From the Factory in Franklin, Tennessee, for a schedule of upcoming artists performing on the show and a direct link to see a streaming video, visit their official website – you may also find information on their facebook page.