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Nashville Sessions: The Duets - Vol 1

PLU: 885150344729
Format - CD
Genre - Blues & Roots
Release Date - 14/11/19

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Pop, rock – Dave Stewart is a master of both.  And his taste in female vocalists, second to none.  But his output, even with The Eurythmics was always patchy.  More moments of sheer brilliance than you could shake a stick at, but plenty of 'fillers' as well. And his post Eurythmics output has been equally mixed.

Nashville Sessions – The Duets, finds him with some of the finest female vocalist on the planet – Stevie Nicks, Alison Krauss, Diane Birch, Colbie Cailat, Joss Stone, Martina McBride and more, and brings together the best duets from the recording sessions for his last three solo releases – The Blackbird Diaries (2011), The Ringmaster General (2012), and Lucky Numbers (2013). The only track here not to feature on those releases, 'Picnic For Two' – a Joss Stone duet featured as a bonus track on her own 2011 album, LP1 – itself a Stewart/Stone co-written/produced release featuring the same group of players.

For the trio of albums, Stewart brought together some of Nashville's finest, and while they featured a good cross section of pop, rock, blues, R&B, and country, The Duets focuses on just one genre – country.  Yes, there's some nice bluesy guitar breaks, gospel backing vocals, and, of course, pedal steel, but the main focus is what you might call 'traditional' country duets.  The sort you'd associate with the likes of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers, as opposed today's more mainstream collaborations like Kenny Chesney and P!nk.

In that respect, Stewart does a good job of providing the grizzled vocal foil for his eminent guests, who do what they do best.  As always with Stewart, the production and playing are spot on, so it comes down to the strength of the songs.

Primary Format - MusicCD
Music GenreBlues
Music Genre PrimaryBlues & Roots
Music Genre SecondaryFolk


  • 1. Drowning In The Blues - Feat: Alison Krauss
  • 2. All Messed Up - Feat: Martina Mcbride
  • 3. Just Another Fall - Feat: Diane Birch
  • 4. God Only Knows - Feat: Jessie Baylin
  • 5. Bulletproof Vest - Feat: Colbie Caillat
  • 6. Cheaper Than Free - Feat: Stevie Nicks
  • 7. Picnic For Two - Feat: Joss Stone
  • 8. One Way Ticket To The Moon - Fest: The Secret Sisters
  • 9. Nashville Show - Feat: Karen Elson
  • 10. Every Single Night - Feat: Martina Mcbride
  • 11. You & I - Feat: Laura Michelle Kelly
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