BJ Blue teams up with songstress Brittany Allyn to sing “The Platinum Duets Unplugged”. This collection of smash hits from the past gets a new lease on life as BJ & Brittany deliver yesterday’s classics as today’s classic Duets. Mega Hits like “Always On My Mind”, Save The Last Dance For Me”, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” and “Good Hearted Woman” become Brand New all over again.
Classic Duets, such as: “Spiders and Snakes” originally by Conway & Loretta or “The Last Thing On My Mind” by Porter & Dolly or even the timeless “Jackson” by Johnny & June appear on this collection as Bluegrass masterpieces and truly shine in that genre..
Two time Grammy Award recipient, BJ Blue’s singing style has been termed “STONE COLD COUNTRY THAT ROCKS”. His music covers everything from Bluegrass to Mainstream Country to Redneck Rock. As a writer, BJ has penned tunes for such major artists as Buck Owens and Emmylou Harris, Gene Watson and Merle Haggard. BJ & Brittany bring an exciting new sound to the world of Bluegrass – American – Country.
Brittany Allyn is a multi-talented artist whose talents have served her well. Her vocals know no boundaries, having recorded country, jazz flavored country/blues and now bluegrass. Her voice seems to be at home in any style of music as it resonates with fans of all genres. Her crystal clear sound and heartfelt approach to “The Platinum Duets” only proves it all the more. Her earliest musical influences include: Dolly Parton, Sarah Vaughn , Patti Page, Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris. Not many folks are hired on a daily basis to support the efforts of national recording acts on major labels. When they do hire someone, it’s because they know they’ve got the goods and can deliver. Such a person is Brittany Allyn. She’s toured and/or recorded as a background vocalist with artists including George Jones, Lorrie Morgan, Toby Keith and has also done background vocals on various television shows and specials with the likes of Willie Nelson, Alison Kraus and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith.
As each track of “The Platinum Duets Unplugged” unfolds, the listener is lead to believe more and more that these classic songs have just been waiting for BJ Blue and Brittany Allyn – two naturals doing what comes naturally.
“Always on My Mind” has been a universal smash for Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley, but has never been recorded as a duet. Done in this fashion, you suddenly realize, love is a two way street. Both parties realize their failings and want to put it back together again…”little things we should’ve said and done, we just never took the time”. This heartfelt, honest lyric, takes on an even deeper meaning as a duet giving the song yet another lease on life.
“Spiders and Snakes” BJ and Brittany are sure to put a smile on your face with their playful approach to this “one of a kind” song first made popular by Conway and Loretta.
“The Door is Always Open” Originally made popular by the group “Dave and Sugar”; this snappy bluegrass version highlights the amazing talents of fiddle player Jimmy Van Cleve. Again, BJ and Brittany revive a long forgotten smash. It’s a hit all over again… as exciting and fresh as the day it was born!
“Let’s Go All the Way” A provocative title, laden with innuendo, was quite controversial when first released in 1963 by Norma Jean of the Porter Wagoner show. This wonderfully crafted song done for the first time as a duet couldn’t be more perfect….true country music at its finest!
“Somethin’ to Brag About” How much fun can you have in the next say 3:33? Here’s a song about an elevator operator and a short order cook that are smitten with each other. Brittany and BJ tell the story as if it were their own. A driving bluegrass tempo and Randy Kohrs burning it up on the dobro will have you foot stompin’ knee slappin’ happy before it’s over.
“Let it Be Me” originally recorded by Jerry Butler and Betty Everett is a classic of classics. This version with its sparse acoustic production is the most intimate yet. One man, one woman, one song – the quintessential duet!
“Jackson” “We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout” This no holds barred bluegrass track by Nashville’s finest musicians (Randy Kohrs – dobro, Scott Vestal – banjo, Kevin Grantt – upright bass, Josh Williams – acoustic guitar, Andy Leftwich – Mandolin and Jimmy Van Cleve – fiddle) will have you pushing repeat repeatedly. Johnny and June did it first. BJ and Brittany take it up another notch!
“The Last Thing on My Mind” is another song retrieved from country music’s golden era. First made popular by Porter and Dolly, BJ and Brittany treat it with the respect. Their vocal styles are naturally reminiscent of the legends which results in an, unforgettable, legendary performance of their own.
"Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", done originally by The Shirelles, a girl group, is an even "more to the point" heartfelt duet ... BJ and Brittany do it right.
“Never Ending Song of Love” Once you hear this song – you know it! Singalongability is a true mark of a classic song and this one is the ultimate example. Having been recorded in virtually every genre of music, it’s seems as though it were destined to be a bluegrass duet. This truly is a “Never Ending Song of Love”
“Save the Last Dance for Me” Written by two of Brooklyn’s finest, Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, this song is a CLASSIC, a STANDARD, a BENCHMARK in the world of music. It crosses all boundaries, all styles, all genres. As unbelievable as it may seem, this song had never been done as a duet – until now! BJ and Brittany make it their own bringing to light a facet of the songs potential that has long been overlooked.
“Good Hearted Woman”, like many of the songs on this CD we’ve heard this in every bar/dance hall and karaoke night. The song becomes even more poignant when you bring a female into the equation making it yet another Platinum Duet. Enjoy! Get your copy today and tell all your friends.