One of his singing buddies during this time was fellow artist Joe Stampley ,teaming together they recorded a couple of ‘good ole boys’ duet albums.
He also had success with female duetting partners in the shape of Judy Bailey, Janie Fricke and Becky Hobbs.
It was through the song that they charted together ‘Let’s Get Over Them Together’ that I was personally introduced to Becky.
Apart from her duetting association she is a great solo artist in her own right having written many songs for other artists like George Jones, Helen Reddy, Loretta Lynn, Shelly West and in 1984 penned ‘Angels Among Us’ for Alabama.
Her last two albums ‘Songs From The Road of Life’ and’ Best of Beckaroo’ have now been made available again on her own record label and are a pandora’s box of great songs and observations.
As usual all of the songs are self penned, moving from sentimental feelings through to raunchy rocking belters (as a pianist for me she is the female version of Jerry Lee Lewis).
She has been one of the great ,almost hidden talents of country music for many a year and although she has made appearances here in Britain her music perhaps is not as widely acknowledged or appreciated as much as it should be.
She is a great entertainer and perhaps these releases will bring greater awareness to her credibility.
Log on to her site for full details of all of her albums at www.beckyhobbs.com. and tell her Clougheroo sent you.