DUETS WEEK #115: Does He Love You?

Making a list of only seven duets was tougher than I thought. I had to make some agonizing cuts (I Got You Babe, Leather and Lace, Golden Ring) to get it down to seven.

But there wasn’t any doubt as to the best duet. Two women–one with everything to lose, the other with nothing to gain.

Both Reba and Linda Davis are powerhouse voices, and I can’t imagine this song being sung by anyone else.

And the video a classic, a mini-movie with a twist ending. Nobody gets one over on Reba.

DUETS WEEK #114: I Need You

Maybe you won’t agree, but I think I Need You is the best duet by Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Maybe you think it’s Let’s Make Love, or Like We Never Loved At All, or their juggernaut hit It’s Your Love. I won’t argue. Tim and Faith are an embarrassment of riches in terms of great duets.

But this one just gets me. When they sing it live, they sit on chairs facing each other and sing into a single microphone. They were a little older when they recorded this, and their love had moved beyond the bloom of youth. I think it was a little more hard won by the time they recorded I Need You. It’s hardest for me to separate Tim and Faith the public figures from Tim and Faith the singers in this one. Tim’s spoken publicly that Faith saved him from a life of too much drinking. I think this song hits close to home for them. Or at least I’ve read enough of People Magazine to believe it does.

DUETS WEEK #113: Meet Me In Montana

Music is filled with songs about the people who never quite made it, and return back home with a new appreciation for the ones they love. They’re like a three minute Hallmark movie.

Meet Me In Montana is a double dose…both the man and the woman have given up their dreams in Nashville and Hollywood and decide to meet back home. You can tell in their voices they couldn’t be happier…in Montana.

DUETS WEEK #113: Meet Me In Montana

Music is filled with songs about the people who never quite made it, and return back home with a new appreciation for the ones they love. They’re like a three minute Hallmark movie.

Meet Me In Montana is a double dose…both the man and the woman have given up their dreams in Nashville and Hollywood and decide to meet back home. You can tell in their voices they couldn’t be happier.

DUETS WEEK #112: I’ve Got This Friend

When I was in high school, my friend Kris had Faith Hill’s Take Me As I Am CD.  She told me I had to hear this song between Faith Hill and Restless Heart’s Larry Stewart. At the end, we were besides ourselves….they are the friends! The friends are each other! I loved it so much that she made me a cassette tape of the album.

Back off Marie Kondo….this cassette tape still brings me joy!

This song takes me back to those high school sleepovers, Saturday nights at the mall, and just driving around with good friends. The song itself isn’t about any of those things, but that’s why music is so personal. There’s what the song means, and what the song means to you.

DUETS WEEK #110: Islands In The Stream

There’s something about this song that is greater than the sum of its parts. On paper it shouldn’t work. The lyrics are so-so. The pairing of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton seems a little off.

But their chemistry is off the charts. They’re having a great time, and thus so are we. Dolly’s little mistake in the live version below somehow makes them even more charming. Islands In The Stream is what we’re all looking for in a duet–magic.

DUETS WEEK #109: Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man

Welcome to Duets Week on the Ultimate Playlist. Duets are tough to pull off. Many that seem great on paper fail miserably in execution. Finding a good duet is a sort of alchemy–you need the right song and the right singers. When the chemistry is right, it’s magic.

This week I’ll share seven of my favorites.

When it comes Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man, I don’t listen to it that often, but sometimes I just start singing it for no reason. It gets in your head and stays there for years, just waiting for a moment to bust out.