To many people Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan need no introduction,
but there will also be people out there
who have never yet heard the music of this versatile and highly talented duo.
Both born in Buffalo NY and relocating to Florida during their teens,
they are excellent keyboard players
and they met while working in nearby clubs in Hollywood FL.
They fell in love and married in the mid sixties
and around this time they began to develop their own unique harmonies.
Misty has a beautiful rich alto voice
which harmonises perfectly with Jack’s deep gravelly bass.
Over the years they fought hard to retain the unique sound they had developed,
frequently having to resist the efforts of record producers
to bring them into line with the “Nashville sound”.
Against all odds they have retained that sound that is theirs.
Jack is a prolific songwriter
and has written the vast majority of the songs they recorded over the years.
They had 15 songs in the charts including a #1 hit
which earned them a Grammy Nomination in 1970.
Jack has been described as being ‘an artist with words’
painting vivid pictures with his lyrics.
Misty has co-written some of their songs
and she helps with the musical arrangements,
and she always has the last say on the final mix.
In addition they are backed by some of Nashville’s finest musicians.
Their songs have been covered by many artists
including Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, The Ventures, Henry Mancini,
The George Wright Orchestra, Rolf Harris, Sheb Wooley, Frank Ifield,
Buck Owens, Susan Raye, Billy Joe Burnette, Engelbert Humperdinck,
Connie Eaton, Tony Martin, and many others.
This is a collection of songs on the theme of traveling,
both on the road and through life, many based on their real-life experiences.
Whether it be heading for home, saying goodbye, feeling homesick,
finding themselves broke and homeless,
finding comfort in each others’ company far from home,
seeing changes over the years, ruminating on the fragility of life,
these themes are all here, with even the birds ‘heading southward in the spring’.
Jack & Misty’s songs have that rare quality
that makes you want to listen to them over and over again …
and then again some more.
There is only one way to truly appreciate these songs
and Jack & Misty’s magical harmonies, and that is to listen for yourself.
Moragh Carter 04/30/09