New Series Makes Its Debut
Another competition series is in town, and this one is all about country music. Appropriately titled Real Country, the new series debuted on the USA Network on Tuesday night (November 13).
The premise of the show is this…judges Travis Tritt, Shania Twain, and Jake Owen each invite a batch of country artists to perform on the show. Each week, their respective picks go head to head and sing a couple of songs to earn votes from fans and that week’s guest judge.
— Shania Twain (@ShaniaTwain) November 13, 2018
Whoever earns the most votes moves on to the finale, where they will compete against other finalists for the chance to win $100,000 and an opportunity to play at the Grand Ole Opry.
Meet The Young Fables
One artist that competed on the series first episode was a duo named The Young Fables. Members Laurel Wright and Wesley Lunsford have performed with a number of big names in country music, including Lauren Alaina, Josh Turner, and Rascal Flatts.
The duo was chosen by Twain to appear on the show, who praised them prior to their performance, saying how their voices were the perfect match for each other.
That’s something that viewers got the chance to witness themselves when the two started to sing one of the most iconic songs in country music history…Deana Carter‘s “Strawberry Wine.”
Standing Out In A Sea Of Covers
Released as Carter’s debut single in 1996, “Strawberry Wine” was an instant hit. It topped the Hot Country Songs chart, and even claimed a spot on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.
Since then, “Strawberry Wine” has been covered more times than you could even begin to count. But the Young Fables managed to make their rendition stand out from the crowd.
Usually, you’re used to hearing “Strawberry Wine” from a solo, female perspective. But Lunsford didn’t hold back his voice during his performance on Real Country.
He and Wright both sang throughout the song, lending a new feeling to the track. It’s almost as if Lunsford’s hushed vocals were taking on the spirit of the long gone boy that the narrator had loved and lost years prior.
Bringing The Chemistry
The fact that Wright and Lunsford are a real-life couple certainly helped them with their performance. Their chemistry was intoxicating!
Twain could clearly feel it, as she appeared completely enchanted by the duo every time the camera cut to her. You too, will be hooked on the Young Fables’ performance from the first note when you watch it in the video below.
Unfortunately, the duo didn’t earn a high enough score to make it through to the finale. But they can rest easy knowing they left us with an outstanding performance!