Nikki Hill Meets Deke Dickerson and the Bo-Keys on Soul Meets Country!: Listen
How did you work up the vocal arrangement with Deke on the song "Feelins"?
The vocal arrangement is from the original "Feelins'," sung by Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Deke came up with this more soul-style groove, and then we we recorded it. It just laid down even more greasy! Add in the killer horn arrangement, and man, it sounds like something Otis and Carla could have sung.
That song is quite extraordinary. It's fairly rare in soul music (and even rarer in country music) to hear male and female duets, where one singer is black and the other white, especially on songs with romantic content. Were you conscious of that?
I didn't really think about it that way, just that it was a great song with a really cool soul feel. I sing these songs to and with my husband all the time, so I think I'm pretty oblivious to that kind of stuff when it comes to music. Plus, being in Memphis, the spirit of Stax, who were changing everything without even knowing it, having a band of black and white musicians, it's like, why not? They did it in some of the worst of times and showed that it doesn't matter. If you've got soul, you've got soul. That's how music should always be treated.
The sensuality of that song, the depth of feeling you and Deke put into it, is what makes a great duet.
It's such a cool tune. I'm really happy with the way it came out. It was exciting to do harmonies like that again. That's more of a strongpoint for me and I think it definitely adds depth of feeling to a lot of songs, especially lovey dovey duets.