Ever since it was announced in August, there has been growing anticipation concerning the upcoming duo project by Tammy Rogers and Thomm Jutz on Mountain Fever Records. Both are noted songwriters in the bluegrass world, Tammy in her position with The Steeldrivers, and Thomm as both a gifted writer and a solo artist.
A live performance video is now available for one of the tracks, which finds the pair singing Jutz’s lovely ballad The Tree of Life, which Thomm says was partly inspired by the writing of a professor whose essays and books looked at mythology and comparative religion.
“I’ve long been fascinated with the writing of Joseph Campbell. He talks about ‘the tree of life’ as the tree from which Adam and Eve ate. By doing so, duality entered the world. The cross Jesus died on is ‘the tree of life’ through which non-duality was restored. The Buddha found enlightenment under ‘the tree of life,’ he died to the world but awoke to his spirit.”
Tammy takes the lead with Thomm harmonizing below in this old time duet.
Their duo project, I Surely Will Be Singing, is expected in 2022.