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Barry and Holly Tashian

At Home – 2002 (Copper Creek)

Reviewed by George Hauenstein

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Barry and Holly Tashian are veterans of the music scene. In addition to touring with The Remains and opening for the Beatles in 1966, Barry was in Emmy Lou Harris' Hot Band in the 1980's. Holly is an accomplished writer with songs recorded by The Nashville Bluegrass Band and country artist Ty England. Since going out on their own they have made harmony vocals a centerpiece of their live shows. They bring plenty of that fine harmony singing to bear here.

This is a pleasing collection of Tashian-originals, including the humorous, "One More Me (The Cloning Song) and country favorites like "We Could," "More and More" and "There Goes My Love." "My Happiness," a hit for Connie Francis, leaps out as an example of how good harmony singing can get. Instrumentation is simple and uncluttered, just guitars and bass. Barry does a nice job picking lead on a "Whiskey Before Breakfast/Beaumont Rag" medley, but the main focus is on the vocals.

Duet singing has long been a staple of country. There is something special about harmony singing when delivered by artists who take it seriously. Few do it as well as Barry and Holly Tashian.