Masked country singer Orville Peck and East Texas singer-songwriter Paul Cauthen have teamed up as the Unrighteous Brothers to cover the Righteous Brothers hits “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “Unchained Melody.” Recorded at RCA Studio A in Nashville with producers Beau Bedford and Butch Walker, the covers will be released as a limited edition 7-inch single for Record Store Day’s RSD Drop on Saturday. Proceeds from the collaboration will be donated to MusiCares.
“When I first heard Orville’s voice, I knew we’d sound good together,” Cauthen says. “I’ve always wanted to cover some Righteous Brothers tunes, but it took time to find the person I could pull it off with. I knew Butch and Beau would be perfect for this project. I pitched the idea to Orville and we were off to the races. I’m glad the world will finally get to hear the Unrighteous Brothers. Never knew the Unrighteous could be so Righteous and I’m damn lucky to be a part of it.”
“I’ve been obsessed with Paul ever since I first heard his voice a year or two ago,” Peck adds. “I finally got to see him play while we were both on tour in Nashville and that’s when we first met. He has such a larger than life, soulful presence, so when they brought me the idea of us doing the Unrighteous Brothers, it was just a no-brainer.” Listen to the Unrighteous Brothers’ covers of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “Unchained Melody” below.
“Unchained Melody” b/w “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” is out 9/26 via New West Records/Lightning Rod Records.