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John C. Reilly and Jack White Team Up for Country Releases

November 29, 2011

This image was taken from Reilly's performance in the movie "Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story." And yet, Jack White has found a real live place for Reilly in today's country music.

Jack White’s Third Man Records is proving to be more than a magnet for talented singers and songwriters. Rather, the label’s reach has expanded to recruiting the talents of Stephen Colbert and Conan O’Brien.

Now, Third Man Records has exposed the unlikely musicianship of actor John C. Reilly, who releases two singles today alongside singer Becky Stark (of Lavender Diamond) and Tom Brosseau. Reilly pairs with Stark in a rendition of the Ray Price song “I’ll Be There If You Ever Want,” while also lending guitar and vocals to the Delmore Brothers’ “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar” with Brosseau.

You can listen to those tracks on the Third Man site now.

Reilly and Stark performed a few songs, including Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner’s “Say Forever You’ll Be Mine,” in Los Angeles this past June. You can find those performances on YouTube.

As far as an entertainment crossover, we give Reilly a thumbs up on this maneuver. After all, his performance as Dewey Cox in the 2007 movie Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story exposed at least some of Reilly’s fluidity with the country music sound. Strangely enough, Jack White even made a cameo in the movie as Elvis Presley.

Funny how things work out sometimes…

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