Avalon Peacock Duets It Again

July 14th, 2009, 3:05 pm by Greg

Woodstock’s own Avalon Peacock – of the alt-country band Mechanical Bull – is still in the running on the CMT singing competition, “Can You Duet.”

Avalon and her singing partner Ryan Larkins made a rather bold choice this past week, opting to sing a rock song – Collective Soul’s “Shine” – but they nailed it and avoided elimination once again this week.

The show is down to the final five singles couples, and the next competition in the series airs at 8pm on Saturday, July 18.


Avalon Peacock Can Duet!

July 9th, 2009, 11:22 am by Greg

Against all odds, sublime Woodstock vocalist Avalon Peacock and her partner Ryan Larkins have moved on to the next round on the CMT singing talent contest, “Can You Duet.”

Check out the earlier Nippertown post for more background info on the TV show and Avalon.

Avalon Peacock

Avalon Peacock

While most of the couples on last Saturday’s show were trying to score with contemporary tunes from the songbags of Miranda Lambert and the Dixie Chicks, Peacock and Larkins spun around 180-degrees for the old-school ’50 classic “Tennessee Waltz.”

And they nailed it. Although it started off a bit too laid-back, middle of the road for my taste, they turned up the heat and made it smolder.

“You have this glistening, satiny voice,” judge Naomi Judd said to Avalon afterward.

But judge Scott Borchetta – who helms Nashville’s Big Machine Records – got straight to the point, declaring, “That was the sexiest version of that song I have ever heard.”

That’s high praise indeed considering that the song was Patti Page’s signature song – and best-selling hit – more than a half century ago.

And “Tennessee Waltz” is also likely to be the only song that’s ever been recorded by Guy Lombardo, Otis Redding, Emmylou Harris and Leonard Cohen.

Nice going, Avalon! Hang in there! All six couples will perform on the next episode – 8pm Saturday, July 11 on CMT – with one couple eliminated from the competition at the end.

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