There’s no doubt about it, Barbara Mandrell is one of the most all-around talented women country music has ever seen. She has mastered several instruments including the accordion, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, saxophone, and banjo. She found her talent very early in life and even went on tour with Patsy Cline as her steel guitar player when she was just 13 years old!
Barbara went on to have a successful country music career as a solo artist as well as part of Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters. She became the very first person to win the CMA Awards for Entertainer of the Year twice and was also twice named Female Vocalist of the Year.
She continued to prove that her musical talents were unmatched at just about every live show she ever played. During this particular concert, she explained to fans that she was going to do something a little different. She was going to play a song on the banjo that was meant for two people, but she re-worked it to be a solo.
Titled “Dueling Banjos,” the iconic song made famous by the film Deliverance is known for its back-and-forth nature between a banjo player and a guitarist.
Calling her bluff, her guitar player began playing the song behind her, angering the country star.
She gave him a piece of her mind, but he continued to play with her. She finally invited him to play next to her, but then completely left him in the dust! Yes, he is a great guitar player, but her banjo pickin’ skills were just out of this world! She definitely won the “battle.”
After the epic “Dueling Banjos” duet, she treated fans to “My Baby’s Coming Home,” where she trades in her banjo for a lap steel guitar.
Watch the incredible performance below!