Steel Magnolia Is “Amazed” at Opry THIS Wednesday, July 25Nashville: Steel Magnolia, a 3-time Academy of Music and 2011 Country Music Association Duo of the Year nominee, is always thrilled to play the Grand Ole Opry. Tomorrow’s performance on the hallowed home of country music is even more special to the irrepressible Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones as they are debuting “Maybe I’m Amazed,” the Nashville Paul McCartney tribute project to benefit the Women + Cancer Fund.
“It feels like a lifetime ago, when we cut it,” says the dark-haired Jones. “So much’s happened since then. In a lot of ways, ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ – which started as a favorite McCartney song – has become a soundtrack for Meg and I. It’s amazing how music holds people together, how it heals and makes a difference.”
“Certainly the difference Dr. Alvarez is making is worth paying attention to,” adds the impossibly blonde Linsey. “She – and the Women + Cancer Fund – are blazing paths into the way cancer is treated, something Linda McCartney believed in and embraced in. It’s amazing what can be done beyond the conventional, and this charity supports that.”
Steel Magnolia first embraced McCartney’s song as part of Let Us In Nashville, a country music benefit for the Women + Cancer Fund last year. The kinetic twosome also performed it at a launch show at the Ryman last fall. With the Let Us In project – founded in Linda McCartney’s memory, sanctioned by Sir Paul McCartney -- increasing it’s commitment to Americana, Steel Magnolia’s track becomes a focal point for the country side of the outreach.
The pair – she from Louisiana, he from the farm country in Illinois – makes charity a cornerstone of what they do. Earlier this year, they anchored several events for Second Harvest Food Bank, including helping at the largest mobile food pantry in Tennessee. After debuting “Maybe I’m Amazed” on the Opry, they continue their commitment to the Women + Cancer Fund by performing it in their shows and selling Let Us In Nashville at concerts.
“The blessing of what we were both born to do is the way music can move people,” says Jones. “A song can move people, make them aware and do something. If it inspires people to look at other ways to treat cancer, to consider the alternatives… as well as what’s traditional… that’s a good thing.”
“It’s all scary stuff when you’re dealing with cancer,” adds Linsey. “To have options, to have knowledge when it’s someone you love going through it makes you feel stronger. I want there to be a cure, but I also want people going through it right now to have hope – and maybe feel connected to something a little larger. To me, that’s what songs like this, as well as the charity, can do.”
Steel Magnolia’s Top 5 “Keep On Loving You” became the highest debuting single for a male/female duo in Billboard chart history. In addition to three ACM Top Vocal Duo nominations, they were nominated for the ACM’s Top New Vocal Duo in 2010 and 2011, the Country Music Association for Duo of the Year in 2011 and CMT: Country Music Television for Best Video by a New Duo in 2011.