Emmylou Harris and Alison Krauss have added their voices to the Patti Page album now in progress. Jon Vezner is producing the album, with Victoria Shaw serving as its executive producer.
Shaw, who estimates the album will be completed within the next “three or four weeks,” says that Trisha Yearwood and Kathy Mattea will also record duets with Page. The legendary pop singer firmly established her country music credentials in 1951 with her recording of “Tennessee Waltz.” It was both a pop and country hit and soon become her signature song. In 1998 her Live at Carnegie Hall: The 50th Anniversary Concert won her a Grammy (her first) for best traditional pop vocal performance.
The new album will be called Brand New Tennessee Waltz, taking its title from the Jesse Winchester standard that Page and Harris sing together. The Page/Krauss duet is “The Hopechest Song,” written by Angela Kaset and a 1996 country single for Stephanie Bentley.
“We’re talking to Anne Murray’s people because Anne would like to [sing on the album],” Shaw adds. “We just don’t know if we can coordinate it.”
Shaw says she hopes to have Page back in Nashville soon for another appearance at the Grand Ole Opry (where she performed in November) and possibly for a party at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Brand New Tennessee Waltz will be released on Page’s own Larga Records label.