NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — It's one thing to cover a country classic, and quite another to sing it with the legend who wrote it.
But that's what happened to country newcomer Carly Goodwin after Willie Nelson heard her sing "Crazy," the song he wrote and Patsy Cline made famous in 1961.
Nelson heard Goodwin's rendition on a demo tape a mutual friend had brought him.
He was impressed enough to invite Goodwin to perform it with him in Los Angeles in May.
Last week, Nelson and Goodwin recorded "Crazy" as a duet for Goodwin's debut album, to be released in October. And they'll sing it together at the annual Farm Aid concert on Sept. 18 near Seattle.
"Many females have sung `Crazy,' but Carly's right up there with Patsy," Nelson said.
Goodwin, 23, says the experience fulfilled a dream.
"I made a list of goals and put it on my wall and singing a duet with Willie Nelson was one of them," Goodwin said Wednesday. "That big goal on the list is marked off now."
Goodwin released a song earlier this year called "Baby Come Back Home" that was from the perspective of a soldier's wife. She has performed on several U.S. military bases, including Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba.