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In 2012, Krauss appeared as a guest vocalist on Johnson’s tribute album to songwriter Hank Cochran. Together, the two sang Cochran’s song “Make the World Go Away,” which had been previously recorded by artists such as Eddy Arnold and Donny and Marie Osmond.
The duo regularly teams up for live performances as well, singing everything from “Go Tell it On the Mountain” to Willie Nelson and Ray Charles’ “Seven Spanish Angels.” They joined forces yet again during a recent appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, and the result was spectacular.
Johnson and Krauss opted to perform a song that’s as classic as it gets when it comes to country music. The song was “My Dixie Darling,” which was originally recorded by Lonnie Donegan. However, the Carter Family’s version of the song is the one that is most well-known today.
If you’re familiar with the Carter Family’s recording, Johnson and Krauss’ version is nothing like it. While the Carter Family’s version features a series of claps and stomps, Johnson and Krauss’ takes on a softer, more intimate tone.
Johnson took the lead on the song, strumming along on his guitar while Krauss played fiddle by his side. Krauss finally joined in with him on the chorus, singing stunning harmonies to accompany him.
A highlight of the performance was Krauss’ soaring fiddle solo in the middle. Although we couldn’t see the crowd’s reaction at that time, we’re sure everyone was watching her in absolute awe.
The crowd rewarded the duo with a warm round of applause at the conclusion of their performance. We bet they never wanted them to stop!
Luckily we’ll get the chance to hear plenty more from Johnson and Krauss in the future. Krauss released a new solo album on February 17, titled Windy City, which contains ten covers of classic songs. Johnson is featured as a background vocalist on the album’s title track, as well as “Poison Love.” The former was originally recorded by The Osborne Brothers, while the latter was first recorded by Bill Monroe.
Have you heard Johnson and Krauss’ new collaborations on Windy City, yet? Even if you haven’t, we’re sure you’ll enjoy the talented duo’s delightful Opry performance of “My Dixie Darling” below. We just love listening to them sing together!