After several years of touring together as Grits and Glamour, country music stars Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis team up on their feisty new project, Dos Divas. Featuring a mix of duets and solo works, Dos Divas feels like a natural extension of their concert performances complete with clever banter, a whole lot of sass and a strictly Honky Tonk soundtrack.
Country music runs deep with Lorrie and Pam, the daughters of the late Opry star George Morgan and the legendary Mel Tillis, respectively. And their apparently inherent talents for entertaining are on full display. Co-producing the album themselves, the two deliver 14 songs spanning the emotional spectrum all in the name of a good show. The key, though, is the honesty and candor coursing through each tune. The album’s lead track, “I Am A Woman,” is a duet celebrating both the beauty and complexity of women. Though some lines are carefree and funny, when the song’s true message is revealed with the line, I’m this pink ribbon that I wear, Lorrie and Pam show it’s possible for entertainment and depth to go hand-in-hand.
Lorrie and Pam deliver six duets on Dos Divas, which is available now, keeping things fresh by hitting various stylistic nuances within the genre. “I know What You Did Last Night” twangs hard on an ’80s-style Honky Tonk arrangement and a girl-talk narrative while the title track’s margarita-infused Latin rhythms are playful and flirty. The acoustic groove of “Bless Their Hearts” offers the album’s most modern-sounding production, with an attitude reminiscent of Kacey Musgraves’ “Blowin’ Smoke.” However, it’s the Mel Tillis/Webb Pierce/Buck Peddy-penned “I’m Tired,” powered by twin fiddles and barroom piano, that best displays the rich chemistry Lorrie and Pam share while allowing each to show off their voices.
Each singer takes the lead on four songs with the other adding harmonies. Lorrie’s cuts tend to be slower and more dramatic. Her evocative voice carries the weight of stinging loneliness on the pensive “Last Night’s Make Up” and contemplative “Another Chance To.” The latter resonates with stirring piano and an endearing chorus. Pam shows she has no problem taking on the more aggressive numbers. She’s unapologetically on the prowl in the roadhouse “Old Enough To Be Your Lover,” and the harmonica-laden country blues of “Ain’t Enough Roses” strikes a seductive strut while also laying down the law. Both Lorrie and Pam sing with an infectious energy and constantly hit notes and runs with no sign of slowing down.
One of the most impressive aspects of Dos Divas is the sheer honesty of every song. The banter on the closer, “What Was I Thinkin’,” speaks to the testimonials packed into the album and this transparency is everywhere. The heartsick “I Envy the Sun,” with the project’s best harmonic moments, shudders under an emotional toll while “That’s So Cool” hints at a subtly uncomfortable use of Facebook as Lorrie navigates love in the digital age. By adeptly moving through a wide variety of material, and hitting on universal themes such as life and love with a quick wit and true-to-self point of view, Lorrie and Pam give fans a set that touches as well as entertains.
Key Tracks – “I Am A Woman,” “I’m Tired,” “Last Night’s Make Up,” “I Envy The Sun”