Contributor’s Note: Country music artist Becky Priest of The Nashville Keys joins The Don’s Hit List with The Don & The Grizz via FAB Radio International. The Nashville Keys recently released an album entitled “Country Love Songs”, which offers their rendition of timeless classics such as “I Cross My Heart” by George Strait, “How Do I Live” by Trisha Yearwood and Leann Rimes and “One More Day” by Diamond Rio. Here is the conversation Becky had with The Don & The Grizz about the album. Fans can find Becky Priest at her official website.
The show starts with Becky Priest and The Don talking about the song “I Swear”. We listen to the story told by Frank Myers about writing the song “I Swear”. We get into more of the story of the song and the performance of The Nashville Keys on this song. We talk about the Bee Gees Documentary “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”. We played a clip from an awards show where John Michael Montgomery and All 4 One did I Swear together.
15:27 – “How Do I Live?” made famous by Leann Rimes and Trisha Yearwood written by Diane Warren. Becky and The Nashville Keys do a beautiful rendition of this song. Brett Beavers Johnny Garcia (Trisha Yearwood/Garth Brooks) guitar players. Becky talks about auditioning for Trisha Yearwood to be a part of her band. Becky made it her first songs because of all that Trisha has done for her. Becky has also performed on many of LeeAnn Rhimes songs.
21:03 – George Strait’s “I Cross My Heart” – Songwriters Steve Dorff and Eric Kaz. We talk about singing in the car and how if one is not a great singer, you may not want to sing on your first date. We then come up with the idea of a concert that is a pure sing along. There is no vocalist. There is a screen with the words and the audience sings along like a big karaoke party with the band. Becky and Don brainstorm on this.
“You may have just come up with the coolest thing ever” – Becky Priest
30:16 – “Bless The Broken Road” – Songwriters Marcus Hummon, Bobby Boyd and Jeff Hanna (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)
We talk about Billy Joel and play the song “Souvenirs”
38:03 – “Always On My Mind” – Songwriters Johnny Christopher Wayne Carson and Mark James
40:07 – “One More Day” by Diamond Rio – Songwriters Bobby Tomberlin and Steven Dale Jones
Becky tells a heart wrenching story involving her daughter and a car accident.
Becky stated she had to perform a show after receiving the news about her daughter and she had to perform the song “One More Day” and the crowd helped her get through the song. Becky and her daughter are forever bonded by this song.
Brad Corbin of Lonestar performed the dobro.
Becky talks about the special relationship she has with the guys from Lonestar
“I was blown away after listening to The Nashville Keys new album “Country Love Songs”. The Nashville Keys took some timeless classics and put their own twist on them. Who needs vocals when you can make a piano sing the way Becky Priest does. She is simply without a doubt one of Nashville’s best.” – Richie McDonald – Lonestar
50:10 – “Look At Us” – Songwriters Vince Gill and Max D. Barnes. We talk about the steel guitar of Travis Toy on the The Nashville Keys recording.
52:01 – “Valentine” Songwriters Jim Brickman and Jack Kugell
Becky recorded this song with a 100 year old piano.
We talk about Leland Sklar as a bass player and how thrilled Becky was that Leland mentioned her name. She almost cried.
Becky started playing music when was 3 years old.
“Music is life to me. If I’m not playing, I’m not happy”
Becky talks about how her and Trisha Yearwood were almost in tears when they were performing in foreign countries where they did not even know English and yet everyone knew the words.
1:00:23 – “I’ll Still Be Loving You” – Songwriters Todd Cerney, Pam Rose, Mary Ann Kennedy and Pat Bunch
“It was an incredible experience playing on The Nashville Keys record. Probably my favorite part was playing “I’ll Still Be Loving You” by Restless Heart and the collective groove type feeling of unity we had at that moment,” shared Lonestar drummer – Keech Rainwater. “Breaking off into “Roseanne” by Toto in between takes! It was such a pleasure to have been included in this project!”
Trisha Yearwood has described Johnny Garcia as passionate. Trisha described Becky as “Perfect and Emotional”. Trisha told Becky she was one of the most emotional
‘Becky is the backup singer I have ever had” – Trisha Yearwood. To Becky, that was like winning a Grammy.
1:09:47 – “To Make You Feel My Love” – Songwriter Bob Dylan
This is a song that has been performed by Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, and Adele.
We talk about what a masterpiece this song is.
We talk about drummer Lester Estelle
“He must have really really loved somebody to write this song” – Becky in reference to Bob Dylan.
1:19:28 – “I Will Always Love You” – Songwriter Dolly Parton
“There is no genre when it comes to Dolly Parton. She crosses all genres” – Becky Priest
Dolly Parton is one of Becky’s gets to perform with one day.
Becky states that “I Will Always Love You” was the last song that her mother wanted played last at her funeral. Becky then proceeds to tell a story that will give listeners chills. Becky then offers Don the invitation to introduce The Nashville Keys one day. “What a fabulous interview! You did your homework! You can tell you love music as I do” Becky Priest to Don.
Fans can check out this episode featuring Becky Priest via SoundCloud below: