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A cherished country band, Shenandoah, decided to team up with one of the biggest names in country music, Luke Combs. They worked alongside one another to revamp an old classic.
Original Rendition Of “Two Dozen Roses”
The original rendition of “Two Dozen Roses” was released in 1989 by Shenandoah. It was the fourth single in their album “The Road Not Taken.” It also happened to be the band’s third No. 1 hit in both the United States and Canada. Originally written by Robert Bryne and Mac McAnally, the song is now RIAA gold ceritfied and considered a staple in the country genre. Also, the title of the song is meaningful in itself according to proflowers; “The number twenty-four is often used to symbolize happiness, love, and creativity, which can also be expressed with two dozen roses.”
Luke Combs and Shenandoah Revamp A Classic
On September 22nd, 2023, Luke Combs shared the collaboration of a lifetime. Combs has recently been singing covers of country classics at concerts. “Two Dozen Roses” just happened to be one of the favorites. The 33 year old adds an interesting and fresh twist on Shenandoah’s work, meshing two timelines into one.
Marty Raybon, lead singer of Shenandoah, told Billboard: “People would send us videos of him performing the song live and we thought, ‘How cool would it be to have Luke record the song with us?.. he sang the florist bill off of it. It appears ‘Two Dozen Roses’ is as big as it ever was and having Luke’s vocal on there just proves the timelessness of what folks have felt about this song for years.”
The artists joined together at Fame Studios this past summer and made history happen.
Iconic group. Iconic song. Complete honor to sing on this one, @Shenandoahband! Thank y’all for having me.
— Luke Combs 🎤 (@lukecombs) September 22, 2023
Viewers from all over the globe are showing their approval about the reprise. Instead of being upset about new generations claiming their classics, older fans are actually excited to share a piece of their youth. People are praising the blend that Luke Combs provides to an older style, and are satisfied to see country artists going back to their roots.
@kingstonsteele2191: “90’s country is amazing. This is an amazing duet. I’m glad country is going back to that 90’s sound.”
@jenniferwilhelm256: “Absolutely a awesome duet by Luke Combs and Shenandoah. Love the 90’s country and Luke Combs is awesome fresh country sound of today. ”
@brooketramble: “Why do I want to cry over the nostalgia of this beautiful song?! This takes me back to a much simpler time in my life… Thank you Luke. I grew up on Shenandoah! ”
@kevinhallock4577: “It’s great to revitalize songs from the past for the younger generation who missed out . Great job!”
What’s your take? Is Luke Combs taking away the authenticity of this classic?