Country music has always been about unity and support amongst the artists, which has led to many great collaborations. We are loving all the unexpected duets amongst country artists that have been released so far this year. Take a look below at some of our favorites of 2019, so far, and see how our list matches up to yours.
1. “Center Point Road”- Thomas Rhett ft. Kelsea Ballerini
The title track off Thomas Rhett’s newest album is the ultimate declaration to our hometowns and all the little things we love most about where we grew up. Ballerini and Rhett combine their voices to create the nostalgic, but catchy duet.
2. “Neon Moon”- Brooks & Dunn and Kacey Musgraves
Music icons, Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn prove that they are the kings of collaborations, reimagining their hits with the new generation of country artists in a completely collaborative record entitled REBOOT. Although every song off the record is worthy of being on this list, it’s their rendition of “Neon Moon” with songstress, Kacey Musgraves that stands out.
3. “Shallow”- Jimmie Allen & Abby Anderson
Rising country artists Jimmie Allen and Abby Anderson released their stunning rendition of the track “Shallow” from the movie A Star is Born at the beginning of the year. The unexpected country duo put their own unique spin to the already fantastic song, which is the reason the collaboration makes our list.
4. “Here Tonight”- Brett Young & Charles Kelley
Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley lent his beautiful voice to an acoustic version of Brett Young’s song “Here Tonight.” Trading verses, the two country crooners’ voices work effortlessly together, creating a heartwarming rendition of the song. We’d love to see more collaborations from these two in the future.
5. “Tennessee Whiskey”- Ashley McBryde & Dillon Carmichael
Although not yet recorded, we had to include Ashley McBryde and Dillon Carmichael’s brilliant cover of originally George Jones, and later, Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey.” The two showed off their vocal chops, during an unforgettable sing along with fans at a local radio station event in California back in April.
6. “Can’t Hide Red”- Florida Georgia Line ft. Jason Aldean
FGL’s newest project features a handful of collaborations, but it is their song with megastar Jason Aldean that we are spotlighting. Regardless of whatever the message stands for, the song is a smash hit. We especially loved when the singers made their live debut of the song at the 54th ACM Awards back in April.
7. “Common”- Maren Morris ft. Brandi Carlile
Maren Morris and Brandi Carlile combined their talents in the chillingly beautiful track “Common” off Morris’ sophomore record GIRL. The songstresses work effortlessly together, as they convey the empowering message of the song through their strong and powerful voices.
8. “Home In a Hometown”- Matt Stell & Jimmie Allen
One of our more obscure picks is from two of our prior Swag Session alumnae, Matt Stell and Jimmie Allen’s collaboration “Home In a Hometown” off Stells’ new EP Everywhere But On. The track features both singer’s unique perspectives, as they sing their appreciation for the people and places that raised them.
9. “Redemption Day”- Sheryl Crow & Johnny Cash
Sheryl Crow recently re-released her haunting rendition of her song “Redemption Day,” with the late and great Johnny Cash singing with her on the new version. It’s one of the most emotive collaborations to be released so far this year. Crow is slated to have even more duet partners featured on her forthcoming record.
10. “Brand New Man”- Brooks & Dunn and Luke Combs
Rounding out our list is another great collaboration off Brooks & Dunn’s record REBOOT. This time the duo combine their talent with the newly inducted member of the Grand Ole Opry, Luke Combs in “Brand New Man.” This is easily one of the fan-favorites off the new record, and one of our personal favorites.
We can’t wait for even more country music collaborations to be released in the second part of 2019!
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