13 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It took CMT’s Can You Duet? to launch Steel Magnolia as a hot country property back in 2009. After several singles and EPs, the duo follows up their initial success with a substantial and altogether satisfying self-titled duet album. Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones draw upon their off-stage chemistry as a couple to light up these tracks with flirtatious spark and spirit. Their adept vocal interplay makes such tunes as “Ooh La La,” “Eggs Over Easy” and “Last Night Again” sound like banter from a romantic movie. The easy-going shuffle of “Keep On Lovin’ You” and the teasing, lazy lines of “Edge of Goodbye” keep the mood warm and playful. The folk-tinged ballad “Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)” adds a more subdued and tender note, while “Bulletproof” lets Linsey take a tougher, more defiant stance. The most surprising track here is “Glass Houses,” a moody and soulful number that owes more to Steve Earle than the likes of Gloriana or SheDaisy. Linsey and Jones deliver as singers and songwriters on their first full-length project.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It took CMT’s Can You Duet? to launch Steel Magnolia as a hot country property back in 2009. After several singles and EPs, the duo follows up their initial success with a substantial and altogether satisfying self-titled duet album. Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones draw upon their off-stage chemistry as a couple to light up these tracks with flirtatious spark and spirit. Their adept vocal interplay makes such tunes as “Ooh La La,” “Eggs Over Easy” and “Last Night Again” sound like banter from a romantic movie. The easy-going shuffle of “Keep On Lovin’ You” and the teasing, lazy lines of “Edge of Goodbye” keep the mood warm and playful. The folk-tinged ballad “Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)” adds a more subdued and tender note, while “Bulletproof” lets Linsey take a tougher, more defiant stance. The most surprising track here is “Glass Houses,” a moody and soulful number that owes more to Steve Earle than the likes of Gloriana or SheDaisy. Linsey and Jones deliver as singers and songwriters on their first full-length project.

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About Steel Magnolia

A country singing duo who took the 21st century path of winning a television talent show (Can You Duet?) to break into the public eye, Steel Magnolia consist of Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones. A native of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, Linsey formed the duo with Jones, her boyfriend, whom she met while serving as a karaoke host in a Nashville bar. Linsey and Jones were contestants for the second season of Can You Duet? and ended up winning the competition, using the exposure to sign with Big Machine Records, which released a debut single, "Keep on Lovin’ You," in August of 2009. A second single, "Just by Being You (Halo and Wings)," followed almost a year later in July of 2010 -- in between, the duo released a self-titled EP early in 2010, followed by a slew of singles including the digital download-only singles, "Just By Being You," "It's Christmas Time," and "Last Night Again." On January 4, 2011 Steel Magnolia were nominated for an Association of Country Music (ACM) award in the Best New Duo or Group category; their self-titled debut album appeared a week later. ~ Steve Leggett

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