A little while back, here in the Our Country space, we brought you the surprising news that Gwyneth Paltrow is not half-bad as a country singer. Now, you'll get your chance to hear the Oscar-winning actress's vocals put to the real test--up against a duet with a serious country heavyweight.
Paltrow, who will appear in the movie Country Strong portraying a washed-up Nashville star, has recorded a track for the film with her co-star, Tim McGraw. The tune, called "Me And Tennessee," was written by Paltrow's husband, Chris Martin.
Despite the fact that Martin's own band, Coldplay, is distinctly non-country, Paltrow tells People that he did a terrific job with the songwriting. "'Me and Tennessee' is a special song that perfectly fits the movie," she notes. "It's about country music bringing people back together when they're having a difficult time in life."
Paltrow, a competent vocalist who first sang onscreen in the 2000 movie Duets, recorded three additional songs for Country Strong--including the title track, which has been receiving attention from radio and currently sits at No. 43 on Billboard's country chart.
The soundtrack to the movie overall has quite a starry contribution list. Besides Paltrow and McGraw, it boasts songs from McGraw's wife Faith Hill, Sara Evans, Lee Ann Womack, Trace Adkins, Hank Williams Jr., and a duet with Patty Loveless and Chris Young. Most exciting to me is the track from the newly solo Ronnie Dunn, who covers Gary Stewart's '70s hit "'She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)." Dunn, who ended his stint as one-half of Brooks & Dunn earlier this month, is reportedly working on a full solo album for possible release in 2011, as well. Can't wait to hear it!
The soundtrack to Country Strong will be available October 26, and the movie will be hitting theaters nationwide on January 7, 2011. I'll be buying a ticket--how about y'all? Here's the trailer if you'd like to get a peep at what's in store.
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