One evening in Los Angeles in 2009, country cult legend Lynda Kay pulled into the Rainbow Bar & Grill on Sunset Boulevard to say hi to her old friend, Motörhead's Lemmy Kilmister. She told him that she had just recorded a duet at Billy Bob Thorton's recording studio. Lemmy countered, asking Lynda when they were going to record a duet. "Tonight?" she coyly responded.
"Then we laughed and talked about recording a song he'd started in the 70s called 'The Mask.' We finished writing the song, went into the studio, and recorded it together," Kay said in an interview with Gretsch. "It's Lemmy in his twilight years with honest, raw emotion. I feel honored to have written and sung this song with Lemmy and I really hope to have it on my album so people can hear how incredible he sounds. Lemmy was always so sweet and supportive of me, I want him to be remembered as the kind and thoughtful gentleman he truly was. I sure miss him a lot."
Kay's latest album, a double-record called Black & Gold, is out in September, and we're finally hearing that long-lost duet after a decade in the can. Musically it's a plaintive Western ballad, about as far from Motörhead's trademark crunch as possible, but the late bassist's voice remains as haggard and sweet as ever. Listen above, and order your copy here.