The Rare Jewels: Fantastic Female Duos in Country Music History


Eight Second Angel boots is proud to honor the roots of country music and the hard-working, independent women who played a part in making country music what it is today. 

Though country music isn’t lacking when it comes to powerful female-female duets, country music, for the most part, has had very few female duos stick together and leave a real lasting impact on the genre.

Girl power has always been in style, but it’s even better when it’s dressed in a pair of cowboy boots. And that’s what makes these female duos so fantastic– they defied the odds, conquered the charts and left their mark on country music.

The Davis Sisters

The first female country music duo to top the charts was the Davis Sisters 1953 with, “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know.” Tragically, Betty Jack Davis was killed in a car wreck just weeks after the release of their hit song.

The Judds

The Judds reigned surpreme during the golden age of country music. Naomi and Wynonna, a fierce mother-daughter duo from Kentucky released a string of No. 1 hits in the mid 1980s. Throughout their career they released six studio albums, won five GRAMMYs and had 14 No. 1 hits.

Songs like “Rockin’ With The Rhythm Of The Rain”are nothing but pure country music.

Sweethearts of the Rodeo

These two California born-and-bred sisters, Janis and Kristine Oliver, were discovered by Emmylou Harris in the late 1970s before finally moving to Nashville and releasing their debut single, “Hey Doll Baby,” followed by their first Top 10 hit, “Since I Found You.”

“Midnight Girl/Sunset Town” and “Chains of Gold,” both hit No. 4, marking their highest charting singles.

After a brief absence the two sisters are still making music today.

The Wreckers

This duo was only with us a short time, but made a lasting impact during that time. The Wreckers featured two stand-alone artists, Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp. In the mid-2000s Branch was coming off two successful pop albums and decided to collaborate with Harp, her backup singer. Their first foray as The Wreckers was an episode of “One Tree Hill.”  You can definitely see the charisma between them.

Brach and Harp wanted to combine the two sounds they loved – pop and country — a tough sell to either fan base, but these two did it successfully.

Their breakout song was “Leave The Pieces,” and their first and only studio album was Stand Still, Look Pretty, which went gold. 

The Wreckers are credited on “I’m Feeling You” with Santana.  

The duo’s singles progressed and moved towards a strictly country sound, especially their last single, “Tennessee.” After a few hits and only one album, The Wreckers seemed to fall off the map. They split in 2007.

Maddie & Tae

Maddie & Tae’s debut single, “Girl In A Country Song” slowly climbed the Country Airplay charts last year from June to December, before it finally hit No. 1. They’re the first female duo to hit No. 1 since The Wreckers and they are poised to become the next big female duo in country music.

The interesting thing about “Girl in a Country Song” is how smartly it’s written. You can trace every lyric in Maddie & Tae’s version to a sister lyric (or maybe even the same one) in a male country star’s catalog, a not-so-subtle commentary on the popularity of bro-country.

The duo’s latest single and new video, “Fly,” seems to be a nod to the female country artists the girls no doubt grew up with like Martina McBride and Faith Hill.

Maddie & Tae’s real test will be this summer, when their debut album  Start Here is slated for release.

Image Source: CMA, Warner Nashville