Rev. Dr. Monte Canfield

Rev. Dr. Monte Canfield
Newcomerstown, Ohio, USA
December 28
Rev. Dr. Monte Canfield
Retired Protestant Pastor and Theologian, credentialed in the United Church of Christ; licensed by the Moravian Church . Education: BA, MA, M.Div, Thd. Public Service: NY State Office of Executive Development, Management Intern; Federal Exec. Branch: Executive Office of the President, Budget Examiner, Bureau of the Budget; Interior, Director of Energy and Minerals, Bureau of Land Management; Non Profit: Ford Foundation, Deputy Director, Energy Policy Project; Congressional: Director, Office of Special Projects; Director, Division of Energy and Materials, General Accounting Office. Private industry: Vice President, Grow Group, Inc.; Chief Executive Officer, US Paint; Owner, the Energy Center, St. Louis. Christian service: Pastor, First Congregational UCC, Ottawa, Illinois; Pastor, St. Paul's UCC, Port Washington, Ohio; Pastor, Moravian Church, Gnadenhutten, Ohio. Interim Pastor, the Baltic Parish UCC, Baltic, Ohio; starting 08 2014: Interim Pastor, St. John UCC, Strasburg, OH


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AUGUST 17, 2010 1:35PM

More Favorite Country Music Duets

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Note: about 7 months ago I was “cleaning up” my blog and took out a lot of old posts that I no longer thought should be left on the blog. But since then I have had a number of people ask me what happened to this or that Musical Tribute post, and I realized that those Musical Tribute posts that I had left up continue to get page hits week after week. Apparently some people listen to them and like to come back to them. And, of course, we have a lot of new readers on OS since they were originally posted. So, little by little, I am reconstructing and editing those posts that I had taken down, and re-posting them.

The response to the last duet Tribute Post was strong. So I dug out a second series of country duets that I had posted earlier but took down early this year. Some of these songs include crossover singers and were well received on both the country and pop circuits. These are for those who like this kind of music, and for me, of course. ;-)

Some of these duets are over 40 years old.  Some are less than ten years old.  Some combinations of singers are predictable and others not so much.  We have here mostly traditional country duets.  But one duet is with an opera singer. A couple are with pop/crossover artists who are not easily classified. Out of the hundreds of country duets these may not include your favorites. If so, leave a note below and I will try to find them and add them to the post.

 The songs are in no particular order. Well, except for the last one, which says more about me than about anything else.

I have enjoyed country duets for years and hope you will enjoy these as well.


Vince Gill & Dolly Parton - “I Will Always Love You”

David Houston & Tammy Wynette –  “My Elusive Dreams”

Don Williams & Emmy Lou Harris - “If I Needed You”

John Denver & Placido Domingo – “Perhaps Love”

Willie Nelson & Ray Charles - “Seven Spanish Angels”

Johnny Cash & Kristoffersen -- “Sunday Morning Coming Down”

Sheryl Crow & Willie Nelson - "Crazy”

David Frizzell & Shelly West: You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma

Barbara Mandrell & Reba McEntire – “I was Country when Country Wasn’t Cool”


 Below are additions to the post reqested by readers - when I can find the videos. Not all songs are available to be posted.

For Walter:

Bobbie Gentry and Glen Campbell: "Morning Glory"

For Patrick:
Shania Twain and Elton John - "You're Still the One, & "Something About the Way You Look Tonight"


For sixtycandles

The Louvin Brothers - "If I Could Only Win Your Love"

Conway Twitty & Loretta Lynn - "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man"
Alison Krauss & Robert Plant - "Killing the Blues" for album "Raising Sand"
For Suzie
Johnny and June Carter Cash - "Jackson" (recorded: San Quentin)

For Tim4change:

Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins: instrumental medley (live)

For Jeremiah:

The Everly Brothers: Cathy's Clown

 Nancy Sinatra & Lee Greenwood's version: "Jackson"


 This one is for Jack, 
Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan: "You Won't Let Me Down Again"

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How about one of my favorites: Glen Campbell and Bobby Gentry "Good Morning, Morning Glory".
Rated because this is some terrific music. Thanks, Monte.
There you go, Walter. Added per request.
Shania Twain and Elton john, "You're Still the one." I regard Shania as country and of course Elton is not, but they both have "soul." It is good to think beyond genres.
Monte: that was amazing! To see Ray Charles and Willie Nelson sing together, and Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson sing together was worth the entire post. Thank you so much. I will save this one. R-
Louvin Brothers, "If I Could Only Win Your Love".

Maybe you mentioned this one earlier: Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty trying to outsing each other in "Mississippi Woman, Louisiana Man".

For something more contemporary, the "Raising Sand" collaboration between Robert Plante and Alison Krauss.
ah . . "Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man." Dang.
Hi, Patrick. I found it, along with one of Elton's songs. Hope you enjoy. Crossover fever!
Thanks Dave, glad you enjoy this group of songs.
Sixtycandles: It may take a while but I will see if I can find the links to some of those, all GOOD songs!
Found your songs, sixtycandles, and hope you like the selection from the "Raising Sand" album. Not all songs on the album are available.
All excellent choices! And I'd add "Jackson" with Johnny Cash & June Carter.
Amazing. This is so much fun! Here's to Kris and Johnny and Conway and Dolly and Tammy and, most of all, Don Williams!
Excellent as always Monte. Thanks for doing this for your fans. We love you. XO Just Jali Smiling.
Great ones Monte. i was suprised at "Willie Nelson & Ray Charles " hadn't heard that before!
Monte, thanks so much! The Louvin Bros. song is a real antique, but I'm a sucker for tight, painful harmonies. Once heard Emmylou Harris sing the song with one of the Louvins. Quite lovely. - Loretta and Conway, that's a real toe-tapper. - Alison Krauss is my hometown girl and I remember when she was just a little kid with a fiddle. Her voice is just about perfect, and "Raising Sand" is such an unexpected pairing. Thanks again.
My fave - Mark Knopfler and Chet Atkins. That is one fabulous album!
Some tasty stuff here Monte. Anybody asks me, I'd nominate the Everlys, of course - they did nothing BUT duets -- and the Lee Hazelwood - Nancy Sinatra hits, especially "Jackson."
Thanks everybody. Its late and I will get back to you tomorrow, try to dig out some of the songs and singers/musicians you suggest and add them to the growing post. This is fun but does take a little time, so please be patient (Aw, hell, I know you will be). ;-)

Monte--thanks again and thanks for adding that Campbell/Gentry song. Remember Sandler and Young? Their voices are good examples of what I posted last week about singing bass/baritone.
Thanks, Suzie: Found the video of them singing “Jackson” live at San Quentin.

I appreciate that you enjoy this post and the songs, Brad.

Jali: you bring so much joy in your posts. Glad I could bring a smile to your face with this post.

Trilogy: Willie and Ray sang a number of duets, often of songs Willie wrote. Check out YouTube where quite a few of them are available.

Sixtycandles: I’m glad you mentioned the songs and combinations you did. There is such a rick variety of duet work in country music that it is good to get some examples of it put up here.

Tim4change: Great choice. There were no instrumental duets in the group I picked. Here is a live performance by them. Enjoy.

Jeremiah: Here’s an early performance by the Everly Brothers. Beautiful harmony. Second call for “Jackson.” Here’s the Sinatra/Greenwood cover.

Walter: Sorry, but I couldn’t find anything worthy of Sandler and Young to put up here. If you find a link that you would like me to add, please provide it and I will. They were very popular in the 70s.
Monte: I didn't realize this was a request show. Thanks! Turned out there was a brothery love theme going between my requests -- the Everlys, most obviously -- and that final, shall we say kiss-off? -- between Nancy Sinatra and Frank Jr. How weird was that?
Ah, Jeremiah. Glad to do it! You missed the little note at the bottom of the post, "Out of the hundreds of country duets these may not include your favorites. If so, leave a note below and I will try to find them and add them to the post."

I thought it might be fun to have people not only tell us what they
remember and like but to actually be able to hear those songs.

As you know, I am a huge Frank Sinatra fan and my Tribute post to him has been very well received.


but I never fully understood his family dynamics. The kids were insecure in their careers, that much I understand. And undoubtedly uber competitive between themselves. But it was sad, because they really didn't stand a chance when compared to "Dad."

Hey Monte- Great stuff.
Sorry I am so late to the party...
Thought Id offer up some NEW, New, School . This is from the soon to be released HAWK, by Mark Lanegan, and Isobel Campbell. Isobel is from Belle and Sebastian, Mark played with Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age and a variety of others. This is their second or third collaboration from the infamous Vanguard Records.

The song is "You Won't Let Me Down Again"
Here is the link: http://pitchfork.com/tv/#/musicvideo/6938-isobel-campbell-mark-lanegan-you-wont-let-me-down-again-vanguard
Thanks, Jack. I really like the sound. And is certainly is not "traditional."