“Murder on Music Row” was originally recorded by the bluegrass group Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time. George Strait and Alan Jackson went on to cover the song during the 1999 CMA Awards, and their performance was a huge hit.
After seeing how well fans responded to their live performance, Strait and Jackson decided to record “Murder on Music Row.” They released their recording in 2000, and it reached the 38th spot on the Hot Country Songs chart.
Today, “Murder on Music Row” is known as an iconic song. Fans of traditional and classic country music often refer to the tune when expressing distaste for some modern country music.
As much as fans love Strait and Jackson’s version of the song, the two country superstars can’t often get together to sing it. In the past, Jackson has welcomed another duet partner on stage to help him with the song.
That duet partner is none other than Lee Ann Womack. She and Jackson have been friends for years, and have performed together on numerous occasions.
But it wasn’t until 2017 that Womack sang “Murder on Music Row” with Jackson for the first time. They delivered their performance at the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, Tennessee.
More recently, Jackson and Womack performed “Murder on Music Row” during the 2021 ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditourium.
They delivered their performance in honor of executive producer RAC Clark, who was the recipient of the Mae Boren Axton Service Award. “Murder on Music Row” is one of Clark’s favorite songs, which is why Womack and Jackson sang it for him.
You can watch Jackson and Womack deliver their ACM Honors performance of “Murder on Music Row” by tuning in to the video below. The two of them always make a great team!