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Kentucky country music fans will enjoy this latest collaboration of John Conlee along with Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road. For Lorraine’s latest project, “Country Grass,” they recorded “Common Man.” They also just released a new music video of the tune.
After topping the Billboard country charts in 1983, “Common Man,” originally recorded by Conlee, takes on new life by the bluegrass band. “It was nice to be able to do a bluegrass version of one of my songs, and I really enjoyed working with Lorraine on the project,” Conlee said. “I understand it has gotten a lot of positive feedback since it has been out, and that is really encouraging to me.”
In addition to taking home both “Female Vocalist of the Year” and the prestigious “Song of the Year” at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America’s (SPBGMA) 2015 awards and convention, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have been riding high off of the momentum created by their latest album Country Grass.
The band teamed up with country music’s legends on Country Grass, as they re-recorded some of their biggest hits, but with a bluegrass twist. The star-studded project features collaborations with Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, Eddy Raven, John Conlee and Marty Raybon in addition to the late Jim Ed Brown and Lynn Anderson.