The idea of recording a "standards" album didnt appeal to Lorrie Morgan until she came up with a way to make it different from any other.
"Wally Wilson called me, and I think hes a wonderful producer," recalls Lorrie. "He said, How would you feel about going into the studio with me and recording a standards album? I said, You know what? Everybody and their brother is doing a standards album. I dont want to do one unless we can figure out a way to make it different."
As the daughter of Country Music Hall of Fame member George Morgan, Lorrie has been attending recording sessions all her life. Over the next few days, her thoughts drifted back to what sessions were like when she was a little girl.
"A few days later, I called Wally back. I said, Ive got a great idea. How about if we do it the old-fashioned way? We wont do any overdubs. Well go in with the best musicians there are in town. Well do it like I remember the industry being, going into the studio with my dad when I was little."
"Wally just flipped out. He said, This would be awesome. So we called Harold Bradley, who was on so many of the original records of these songs. We called Jimmy Capps, who is also a classic player. We got Bergen White to do the vocal arrangements."
Classic "Nashville Sound" pickers were blended with stellar contemporary players such as bass player Glen Worf, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, drummer Eddie Bayers, pianist Gordon Mote, fiddler Larry Franklin and guitarists Kenny Greenberg, Joe Spivey and Billy Joe Walker Jr. Wally Wilson and co-producer Chip Voorhis captured the live performances as they occurred. The sessions were also filmed.
"I didnt do any vocal overdubs," states Lorrie proudly. "There were no musical overdubs. Nothing. At one point, Jimmy Capps looked at me and said, Please let me go back in and fix my part. I said, Nope. You cant. Its over. Its all done. As a matter of fact, I sang a wrong word in one of the songs, and we left it in.
"I was after the heart, the soul and the vibe. I wanted the listener to feel everything. It was pretty incredible. We did the whole thing in two days.
"After it was over, Harold Bradley said, That is the most fun thing I have done in years. It was magic. People just dont record like this anymore. Most people cant. Its so sad. They dont know how."