Album Review: Rhonda Vincent & Daryle Singletary - “American Grandstand”

With a dozen tracks, the duo shakes up the traditional country music world with their fantastic collection of classic country duets.

In a world that is as fast-paced and crazy as our world is these days, it is nice to be able to hear some genuine country music songs sung by two of the very best country singers on the planet. With American Grandstand, Rhonda Vincent and Daryle Singletary have brought 12 songs to the table to give us all one of the very best classic country albums released thus far into 2017.

The singers, quite simply, bring out the best in each other with Daryle Singletary and Rhonda Vincent both hitting notes that I’ve never heard them quite master before. “One” is one such case. They deliver strong tempo-filled duets on opener “Above And Beyond” and “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man” while tenderly singing of life, love and everything in between on tracks like “After The Fire Is Gone,” “We Must Have Been Out Of Our Minds” and “Up This Hill And Down.” As stated before, there are interesting blends of vocal harmony and lyric bending on display here, on nearly every track, with both not only trying to pay homage to their heroes but to also make the songs their very own.

The project’s lone new song, the title track, is a special moment in that it doesn’t feel outta place at all on the record and there’s quite an Oak Ridge Boys-like flavor to the harmony vocals on the track (which is is all Daryle Singletary). It gives us a glimpse in the kind of musical direction these talented artists can take any follow-up projects, especially if they’re as ear-pleasing as American Grandstand.

Below is a story behind the song for one of the album's duets: