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Together Always: Country Duets for Valentine's Day

Maybe it's because I'm a Libra, but I believe that everything in life should be as harmonious as possible-love, especially. Duets might be the ultimate musical testament to such a theory. I'm not talking about the resonance that's created when a woman is vacuuming while her man watches television. I'm referring to the beauty and simple texture of two voices blending together in a shared space.

During the late '60s and early to mid '70s, shows like The Porter Wagoner Show, The Grand Ole Opry, and Hee Haw showcased various country artists and often featured duets from well-known musicians. This became a trend in country music as established musicians teamed up together to release duet albums.

Before male and female duets, harmonic country groups were usually family member, like The Carter Family and The Louvin Brothers. Genetics seems a fail proof way of reaching the most natural vocal blend, perfected over years of practice and training. Perhaps that's why many of the country duets from the 70's were seen as "gimmicky."

And that's okay with me, because most things in life will eventually be classified as a gimmick. Since Valentine's Day is one of those things, what cornier way to celebrate the occasion than with some memorable country duet performances? Break out the candles, red roses, and wine while you're at it.

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Allison Wagoner