Avalon does it again!

July 24th, 2009, 4:08 pm by Greg

Woodstock’s own Avalon Peacock (of the alt-country band Mechanical Bull) and her singing partner Ryan Larkins have moved into the Final Four on the CMT country music singing competition cable television show, “Can You Duet.”

Last week, Avalon and Ryan delivered a sensual rendition of the Felice and Boudleaux Bryant classic ballad “Love Hurts,” promptly earning three big thumbs-ups from the judges.

Judge Naomi Judd raved, ” You guys are vintage and classic, and yet you’re so now. And you always leave me wanting more.”

The three “yes” votes meant that Avalon and Ryan were not in danger of elimination, and they automatically moved on to the Final Four round, which will be broadcast on CMT at 8pm on Saturday, July 25.


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.

Birds duet, bees duet…

June 16th, 2009, 11:03 am by Greg

“Can You Duet?”

That’s the name of the singing talent contest that kicks off its second season on cable channel CMT at 8pm Saturday, June 20. Now we here at Nippertown have been very, very reluctant to tip our hat to reality TV because, well, let’s admit it, it’s a sickness.

But we’re going to make an exception for “Can You Duet?” because the lovely and oh so talented Avalon Peacock is in the competition. The daughter of the always bold and adventurous vocalist Annette Peacock, Avalon first caught our attention singing in the Woodstock alt-country band Mechanical Bull. We heard her on the album. We saw her play live at the Bearsville Theater and again at Tess’ Lark Tavern. We were sold. She’s got the goods.

She’s also quite a fine photographer, whose work frequently livened up the pages of Chronogram.

So she auditioned for “Can You Duet?” with Mechanical Bull’s other vocalist and primary songwriter Chase Pierson. But the show’s judges – Scott Borchetta, Big Kenny Alphin and Naomi Judd – split them up and paired Avalon up with Nashville singer Ryan Larkins.

We’re not giving away any secrets when we let you know that Ryan and Avalon end up being selected as one of the ten final couples in the competition. The question is how far can they go? After all, Avalon is obviously not your typical aspiring Nashville singer. Her CMT bio states that her musical influences are Jeff Buckley, Bjork, Etta James and Elbow – and none of their music videos are ever gonna slip into rotation on CMT.

Good luck, Avalon. Nippertown is rootin’ for ya.

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