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Best Country-Soul Crossovers

R&B/Country Crossovers, Covers & Collaborations

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Although they seem like distant relatives now, R&B and Country & Western used to be close cousins back in the day. In the 1960s and '70s many R&B artists, particularly ones from the South, used to remake Country songs and inject them with a healthy dose of R&B. There's even a name for the mixed genre: Country-Soul. And although you wouldn't know it by looking at contemporary music charts, new Country-Soul albums are still released to this very day. And with that in mind, this list celebrates the best R&B/Country collaborations, crossovers and cover songs from throughout the decades.

Modern Sounds In Country and Western Music: Vol. 1 & 2, Ray Charles

Ray was The Genius of Soul, but he also had love for Country music. Modern Sounds is a collection of Country song remakes originally released as two albums in the '60s. They were packaged together in June 2009.

Rhythm, Country And Blues, Various Artists

This is a collection of duets between Country, R&B and Blues artists. "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "I Fall To Pieces" won Grammys in 1995.

Tracklisting:
1. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing: Vince Gill/Gladys Knight
2. Funny How Time Slips Away: Al Green/Lyle Lovett
3. I Fall to Pieces: Aaron Neville/Trisha Yearwood
4. Somethin' Else: Little Richard/Tanya Tucker
5. When Something Is Wrong With My Baby: Patti LaBelle/Travis Tritt
6. Rainy Night in Georgia: Sam Moore/Conway Twitty
7. Chain of Fools: Clint Black/The Pointer Sisters
8. Since I Fell For You: Natalie Cole/Reba McEntire
9. Southern Nights: Chet Atkins/Allen Toussaint
10 The Weight: Marty Stuart/The Staple Singers
11 Patches: George Jones/BB King

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Nashville, Solomon Burke

Nashville, which was released in September 2006, features vocal performances by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and Patty Loveless alongside Soul legend Solomon Burke.
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Percy Sledge Sings Country, Percy Sledge

Percy Sledge is best known for the song "When A Man Loves A Woman," but back in the 1960s he released an album of Country song remakes called Country. The album was repackaged in 2008 under the name Percy Sledge Sings Country.

Just A Lil' Bit Country, Millie Jackson

Millie's one Country album was a flop in the early 1980s, but it's a nice novelty record for fans of hers. The song "Anybody That Don't Like Millie Jackson," with its strong Country twang, is a definite must-hear.
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I Am Shelby Lynne, Shelby Lynne

The 2000 album I Am Shelby Lynne, which is a straight-up modern-day classic, is one of the few releases by a white artist that epitomizes the essence of Country-Soul music.
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Country Soul, Liz Toussaint

Liz Toussaint, a black woman from Chicago, once sang in R&B girl groups, but counts the Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain and Jo De Messina among her musical influences.

Soul Country, Joe Tex

Joe Tex, one of the great-grandfathers of rap music, also had a great love for Country, as this album shows.
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