It takes guts to cover a Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s classic. Vince Gill and Patty Loveless sure have that bravery to do so. During Lynn’s induction into the 2015 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame, the pair outstandingly sang “After the Fire Is Gone”. Purposely, they brought classic music treasured by many and honored legends Lynn and Twitty.
Before calling Gill to the stage to sing, Loveless said,
“…he’s very special to me and I couldn’t do this without him.”
Gill to Loveless
Gill has had many duets with country legends. There’s one singer in particular whose voice is “magical” when paired with Gill’s. Supporting the account, Gill told the Houston Press,
“To me, one of the most seamless-sounding partners has been Patty Loveless.”
The pair started building music together in the mid-’80s when Loveless made her first record. They both sang on each other’s first hit records. He describes their duet songs sounding alike and working together. Sounding so amazing because they were seamless and they were like one person.
Lynn to Conway
More than four decades ago, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty’s “After the Fire Is Gone” duet reached the top spot on the charts. It was the first single that Lynn and Twitty released as a duo, from their debut album, We Only Make Believe. It spent two weeks at number one and a total of 14 weeks on the chart. Lynn recorded the song again in 2014 with Jeff Bates, for his ‘Me and Conway’ album. The song tells a story about two people who fall in love while still married to other people. This made some supporters think that there was something passionate happening between them but she says,
“Me and Conway were friends, we wasn’t lovers.”
Their professional partnership started after an unexpected trip out of the country. There was a whole crew of people who went overseas to perform. The two find each other singing in the dressing room. They thought and planned on singing to Owen Bradley and see what he thinks. And yes! Bradley liked what he heard, so much that the duo recorded eleven studio albums together and released more than a dozen songs. They also received many additional No. 1 singles, including “Lead Me On,” “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man,” “As Soon as I Hang Up the Phone” and “Feelins.”
What can you say about Gill and Loveless’ style? We say we’re lucky to have such a classic song performed over and over again!