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Steel Magnolia Takes Cues from the Past

Steel Magnolia photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

The duo Steel Magnolia took its name from a 20-year-old movie featuring a country legend, Dolly Parton.

But when the couple — Joshua Scott Jones and Meghan Linsey — scored a nomination at this year’s Country Music Association Awards, it linked Steel Magnolia with another history-making act, Brooks & Dunn. Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn called it quits this year on a career that saw them win the CMA’s Vocal Duo of the Year award an astonishing 14 times.

The first of those victories came in 1992, when Meghan was a mere six years old, so Kix and Ronnie have pretty much been on her radar throughout her life. That made it all the more sweet when Brooks & Dunn picked up one last CMA duo nomination this year as Steel Magnolia received its first-ever nomination. Understandably, Meghan and Josh look to B&D as an example of how to build a successful country career.

“I don’t know if they’d like me saying this, but I remember being a little girl, listenin’ to ‘Boot Scootin’ Boogie,’” Meghan notes. “That was years ago, and [they continued] making music that people are grasping onto and I think there’s a lot to learn from a career like that. I don’t know how many years they’ve gone — 20 years — to be able to do that is incredible. If we could just have half the career they’ve had, I think we’d be really lucky.”

You could say Steel Magnolia’s already been lucky. Josh and Meghan got their first CMA nomination this year even before the release of their debut album. If you’re into numerology, you might see the street date for that project as a sign of good fortune. The album’s due Jan. 11 — that’s 1/11/11.


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