The great country duets are an American treasure. Recorded by country music royalty in Nashville in the 1960s through the 1970s, these songs of euphoric, put-a-ring-on-it love, and private-tears heartbreak have a universal resonance that spans generations and cultures.
Take British singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson and New York folk-rock artist Jenni Muldaur. Both grew up decades and hundreds of miles from when and where these timeless songs were recorded. Yet the poetry and hard luck humor in the great country duets spoke to them. Now, Teddy and Jenni are sharing this music with new generations of fans with their achingly beautiful and faithfully-recorded album, Once More: Teddy Thompson & Jenni Muldaur Sing The Great Country Duets (Sun Records), out September 8, 2023.
Once More: Teddy Thompson & Jenni Muldaur Sing The Great Country Duets is a 12-song collection of teardrop ballads and reflective mid-tempo songs previously recorded by George Jones and Tammy Wynette; Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn; and Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton. Teddy and Jenni exude their own easy charm on the 12-song album with their honeyed vocal phrasing, seamless lead vocal swapping, and sumptuous harmony vocals. The duo are deftly supported by elegantly essential traditional country accompaniment, featuring lonesome pedal steel, chicken-pickin’ electric guitars, and a nuanced but unhurried rhythm section. Once More: Teddy Thompson & Jenni Muldaur Sing The Great Country Duets was produced by David Mansfield before he scored the hit Showtime series George & Tammy.
Teddy Thompson Bio
Teddy Thompson is a Brooklyn-based, British-born folk and rock singer-songwriter, and he is the son of folk-rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson. As a boy, Teddy fell under the spell of Hank Williams during family car trips.
Over a 6-album body of work, Teddy has carved out his own music path, drawing inspiration from his familial British folk roots, and American folk, soul, country, pop, and rock.
Jenni Muldaur Bio
Jenni Muldaur is a New York City-based songwriter, vocal arranger,producer, and the daughter of Maria Muldaur, one of the most sought-after backup singers. Jenni became obsessed with Dolly Parton when she was 5, learning all the words to her favorite Dolly songs. She has been a professional musician since she was a teenager. Her solo debut was produced by Russ Titelman (Eric, Clapton, Rickie Lee Jones, Ry Cooder), and she has sung for superstars such as Eric Clapton, Linda Thompson, John Cale, Donald Fagen, Ronnie Spector, and producer Hal Willner.