Steel Magnolia

Steel Magnolia

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Steel Magnolia, the duo comprised of singer/songwriters Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones, gained Nashville's attention when they won the second season of CMT's television program, Can You Duet?. Their debut single "Keep on Lovin' You" slowly inched up the country charts and hit number five. They subsequently released an EP and two other digital-only singles in 2009 and 2010. Their self-titled album -- issued a week after they were nominated in the "best new group or duo" category by ACM -- contains not only their hit, but the studio tracks from their EP -- "Edge of Goodbye," "Ooh La La," and "Just by Being You (Halos and Wings)," and the subsequent single "Last Night Again." Steel Magnolia are an able, energetic, vocally savvy country-pop act, and stress the word "pop" in that phrase. Other than a banjo here and a fiddle or pedal steel there, this may be what passes for country music in the 21st century, but simply put, it's '80s-styled pop with different production. Dann Huff, who not only produced the set but plays all over it, guided the duo to turn in a by-the-numbers, radio-friendly disc that will offend no one. "Keep on Lovin' You" is the most notable thing here, but other standouts include the opener, "Ooh La La," a sassy, rockist seduction song, and a reading of Keith Urban's "Homespun Love" (written while he was still with the Range) near the very end of the album. The latter, with acoustic slide guitars melded to crunchy electrics, a funky shuffling backbeat, and the contrasting contralto and baritone voices of Linsey and Jones in call-and-response and chorus formulations, add a sense of playfulness and swagger to the original that wasn't there before. The closer, "Glass Houses," written by Jones, is a solid, old-school country waltz with a lilting three-chord structure, sweet mandolin and fiddle fills, and old-school harmonies. It's a weeper that actually resonates with genuine emotion.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/11/2011
Label: Big Machine Records
UPC: 0843930003334
catalogNumber: 100
Rank: 115228


  1. Ooh La La
  2. Keep On Lovin' You
  3. Just By Being You (Halo and Wings)
  4. Edge of Goodbye
  5. Bulletproof
  6. Not Tonight
  7. Last Night Again
  8. Without You
  9. Rainbow
  10. Eggs Over Easy
  11. Homespun Love
  12. Glass Houses

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steel Magnolia   Primary Artist
Eric Darken   Percussion
Dan Dugmore   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Shannon Forrest   Drums
Paul Franklin   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Dann Huff   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Soloist,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Chris McHugh   Drums
Jonathan Yudkin   Fiddle,Mandolin,Cello
Tom Bukovac   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Mandolin,Octave Mandolin
Adam Shoenfeld   Electric Guitar
Rich Redmond   Drums
Jimmie Sloas   Bass
Charlie Judge   Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Accordion,Steel Drums,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Mike Johnson   Steel Guitar
Joshua Scott Jones   Harmonica

Technical Credits

Steve Stevens   Composer
Patricia Conroy   Composer
Mark Hagen   Engineer
Dann Huff   Producer
Drew Bollman   Engineer
Tommy Henriksen   Composer
Keith Urban   Composer
Britton Cameron   Composer
Vernon Rust   Composer
Lori McKenna   Composer
Ron Roark   Graphic Design,Art Direction
Hillary Lindsey   Composer
Scott Borchetta   Executive Producer
Trent Willmon   Composer
Meghan Linsey   Composer
Matthew West   Composer
Whitney Sutton   Copy Coordination
Chris Stapleton   Composer
Sandi Spika Borchetta   Art Direction
Justin Nolan Key   Art Direction
Chioma Eze   Composer
Steffon Hamulak   Composer
Joshua Scott Jones   Composer,Artwork,Art Direction
Marcas Metton   Logo Design
Julie Moriva   Composer
Van Asa Preston   Composer
Chris Tompkins   Composer

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