Ten Forgotten Country Duos [VIDEOS]
Lately the duos have significantly stepped their game up in country music. For years the duo category at country award shows was just a formality for twosomes like the Judds, Brooks and Dunn, and Sugarland to take home the prize while the others lingered in obscurity. While Florida Georgia Line dominates the scene today, acts like Thompson Square, Swon Brothers, and Dan + Shay keep them on their toes. Let me take you back through the years for some duos you may have forgotten about.
Sweethearts Of The Rodeo
Sisters, Janis and Kristine got a few CMA nominations in the late 80’s and early 90’s, and continued to tour well into the 90’s along with opening a clothing store together for a short time in Franklin, Tennessee.
Foster & Lloyd
Radney Foster and Bill Lloyd made music together from 1987 to 1990, including a big top 10 with “Crazy Over You.” The two went their own ways in 1990, with Foster having the greater success of the two.
Doug and Ricky Lee Phelps left the Kentucky Headhunters to try the duo scene in 1993, but just a couple years later Doug was headed back to the Headhunters and this brother act was done.
John and Audrey Wiggins
This brother and sister duo didn’t set the world on fire in the mid 90’s like they’d hoped, but it was enough for a couple CMA duo nominations. John did find some success later writing hits like “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off” and “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking.”
In 1997, there were few acts with harmonies as tight as Jennifer and Heather Kinley. With only 3 top 10 singles, I’m not sure why they didn’t succeed. It might have had something to do with a certain trio of “Chicks” that overshadowed them.
Brad and Brett Warren have always joked about their “Well Deserved Obscurity,” but in my opinion, their material as artists was every bit as good as the stacks of hits they’ve had as writers. From “Highway Don’t Care” to “Drink to That All Night” to “Red Solo Cup”…they are anything but a flop.
When soap actor Scott Reeves joined artist, Aaron Benward, it looked like music and image would all come together, but Blue County’s career would be short-lived, as the duo of four years left Curb in 2007. Benward later joined a new band with fellow solo obscurity, Brian McComas.
I don’t think anyone can truly forget this duo from a family of royalty, but they only had a quick flirtation with country as Johnny Van Zant, regular lead singer for Lynyrd Skynyrd and his brother Donnie, regular lead singer for .38 Special teamed up for a couple big hits in 2005!
It really looked like a big future for Jessica Harp and her partner, former pop artist, Michelle Branch when they released their debut single, “Leave The Pieces.” The duo failed to follow on its success and went into solo projects before Harp retired from performing in 2007. Listen to the “Stand Still, Look Pretty” album and you’ll hear something that was about 5 years ahead of its time and would be HUGE today!
Blink and you might’ve missed this quirky duo who hit in 2010 with “Wildflower.” By 2012 they had split and members Susie Brown and Danielle Leverett (now recording as Nelly Joy) are exploring their own options as singers and songwriters!