Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Former Miss Willie Brown Member Amanda Watkins Releases New Duet With Jamey Johnson

Former Miss Willie Brown member Amanda Watkins has a brand new duet with Jamey Johnson, "If I Was Over You" as an exclusive to Sirius XM's The Highway for the next month or so.

“I was in my living room and the words and the melody just came to me and I started singing, ‘If I was over you, I would have left town,’” Watkins says. “All of the verses just poured out. But I didn’t know where to go with the chorus. I kept working on it and thought that Rivers Rutherford could help me with this. He wrote some of my favorite songs, including ‘Even the Skies Are Blue’ and ‘Heartache’ with Jamey Johnson.”

Jamey and Amanda share the same production team and she shares the story behind how Johnson joined her on the track.

“I get a text at 10:30 one night that said, ‘What are you doing?’” she says. “I said, ‘Nothing.’ He said, ‘Why don’t you come on down to the studio. I have something to show you.' “I come down and T.W. is sitting there. Jamey said, ‘I did some changes. I hope you are OK with them.’ They took the band out of the first two verses, so it is just acoustic guitar. When Jamey came in, I realized he had made it a duet and I started crying. I only expected him to sing harmony with me. It took the song from a good song to a great song with a heart factor, in that the song hurt so much more. Of course, his voice does that too.”

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