Becky Buller releases new single Wall Around Your Heart, featuring Jim Lauderdale
Ten time IBMA Award winner Becky Buller and legendary singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale got together to record on the Reno and Smiley classic Wall Around Your Heart. Re-imagining this traditional song as a partner duet, they are joined by Jeremy Stephens on banjo, Lauren Price-Napier on mandolin, Missy Raines on bass, Stephen Mougin on guitar, and Stuart Duncan twin fiddle.. This single will be included in a full-length album of songs that inspired and informed Becky in her formative years.
Preview or download Wall Around Your Heart here.
When Becky brought up this song, I flashed back to the Reno and Smiley cut, as well as a few other very traditional versions recorded in the past. For me, the only way to do this was to bring in folks who specialize in the classic sound of that era. The track really came to life in studio with the rock-solid foundation of Missy Raines, the Monroe-esque mandolin of Lauren Price-Napier, the epic twin fiddles of Becky and Stuart Duncan, and I’m not sure anyone plays better Reno-style banjo than Jeremy Stephens. Jim Lauderdale was the perfect duet partner for Becky and it feels like the song was written for them – Stephen Mougin.
The Bluegrass Album Band introduced me to this lovely Reno And Smiley tune. The wide-ranging melody caught my attention; the line about the walls of Jericho reeled me in. I truly feel there’s a parallel dimension wherein we’re all talking about the songwriting of Don Reno in the same hallowed tones as that of Hank Cochran, Willie Nelson and Bill Anderson.
This is probably the most traditional bluegrass cut I’ve ever recorded; Jeremy, Lauren, Missy, Stuart and Mojo gave it just the right vibe. And, of course, it was a blast getting to sing with Jim. Hope y’all enjoy this and thanks so very much for giving it a listen – Becky Buller.
Ronnie Reno, longtime member of Reno and Smiley and son of Don Reno also commented:
Congratulations to Becky and Jim for a great performance on ‘Wall Around Your Heart’. I know Daddy Don would be extremely proud and thankful for this recording. I want to wish Becky and Jim much success with this song. By the way, love the twin fiddles and the Reno style banjo break – RonnieReno.
About Becky Buller:
Becky Buller is a 10-time IBMA award-winning Bluegrass artist. A celebrated musician, singer and songwriter, Buller made history as the first-ever artist to win in both instrumental and vocal categories at the 2016 IBMA Awards, as well as being the first female to ever win IBMA’s Fiddle Player of the Year.
Since 2018, Becky has moonlighted with the all-female supergroup, The First Ladies of Bluegrass, which was recently recognized at the Country Music Hall of Fame with their own exhibit. Buller achieved a lifelong goal in 2021 when she made her Grand Ole Opry debut. Her songs appear on Grammy award-winning albums by Molly Tuttle (2023), The Infamous Stringdusters (2019) and The Travelin’ McCourys (2018). Buller is a 2023 inductee into the Minnesota Music Hall Of Fame. Connect with her online at BeckyBuller.com.
About Dark Shadow Recording:
Dark Shadow Recording is a full-service studio and record label led by award-winning Stephen Mougin, located on a hilltop that surveys Music City’s electric skyline. The label produces and turns out music from some the industry’s most promising artists in the Bluegrass, Americana, Country, and Folk genres – Becky Buller, Rick Faris, Laura Orshaw, Stillhouse Junkies, Henhouse Prowlers, Full Cord, Jana and Stephen Mougin.