Wynonna, Heart Go Fishing

Music Lures Ann and Nancy Wilson to Nashville for CMT Crossroads

Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson join Wynonna for a new episode of CMT Crossroads debuting Friday (July 9) at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Fishing and music seem to go together in Nashville, although it’s hard to imagine a fishing party that includes Wynonna and two members of rock royalty — sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart. Before picking up guitars and microphones for the latest episode of CMT Crossroads, the three brandished fishing equipment at Wynonna’s farm near Nashville.

The Crossroads concert taping found them sharing songs, including Wynonna’s “Girls With Guitars” and “Only Love,” along with Heart classics such as “Dog and Butterfly” and “Magic Man.”

Before she was old enough to join her sister’s band, Nancy Wilson was performing a bit of country music in the Pacific Northwest.

“I had a boyfriend, and we called ourselves Jeff and Nancy,” she tells CMT News. “We played a lot of country music back then. My first manager was a country manager, and his wife made me these really bad stage clothes, but I wore them. I’ve always loved playing country, every kind of style. Pretty much anything except jazz, I guess. … We grew up with every kind of music in our house, every kind of harmony singing. And country has some of the coolest harmony of all time. A lot of stuff the Beatles kind of copped from.”

A fan of country songs and artists, Ann Wilson says, “So many of the songs have great stories to them. The stories are so great, and there are a lot of artists now that I listen to like Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams that really cross over. They’re just Americana. It’s not country or rock. It’s something else. It’s a third thing. That’s what I really dig a lot.”

Nancy Wilson adds, “One really great thing about country music to me is the honesty in it. A lot of times in rock ’n’ roll, you have what’s hip and cool at the moment, and you get a lot of posers that way. … But when you have the kind of honesty … you really get that in country music. People really talk about the truth and what it’s like to be human.”