Gene and Rhonda hit in June

Upper Management Music has announced June 7 as the release date for the new, all-duet album from Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent.

Your Money and My Good Looks will feature 11 vocal pairings from these two noted practitioners of traditional country and bluegrass music, plus a bonus instrumental.

Rhonda told us this morning that they recorded the entire project live (in the studio) at Ronnie’s Place in Nashville (the former home of Ronnie Milsap’s studio) in just two days earlier this year.

“It’s true, authentic country music. The music is as much a part of this project as the vocals.

We let the musicians play, and ended up doing an impromptu instrumental at the end of the session, when we had 45 minutes left and all the songs were tracked.”

Recording with Gene and Rhonda were Stuart Duncan and Hunter Berry on fiddles, John Gardner on drums, Dirk Johnson and Michael Rojas on piano, Mike Johnson on steel guitar, James Mitchell on electric guitar, Michael Rhodes on electric bass, and Biff Watson on acoustic guitar.

Gene and Rhonda sang duets throughout, with Rhonda adding some harmony vocals as well.

“There’s not a better singer to sing with than Gene Watson.

So the entire process was pure pleasure; and a real treat for me for sing country music. I’ve gotten a taste of that in the last few months on Country Family Reunion. And since my favorite instrument is the steel guitar, and Mike Johnson is one of my favorite steel players, it was lots of fun as something a bit different from our bluegrass shows.

We’ll be back on the road in full force starting May 1st, and back to bluegrass. But Gene and I will be doing many performances this year, promoting this duet project too.”

No audio samples are up as yet, but pre-orders can be placed now online.

As Rhonda mentioned, the duet partners will be performing some together this summer as their separate schedules allow. Things kick off with a June 6 appearance on the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour and a June 9 kickoff concert at the Troubadour Theater in Nashville.

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