One of the greatest things about country music is the camaraderie. Our favorites just love jumping into the studio and on stage with their favorites to make musical magic. Everyone knows Luke Bryan sings with Florida Georgia Line on “This Is How We Roll” and that Justin Moore and Thomas Rhett join Brantley Gilbert on “Small Town Throwdown,” but did you know that some of your favorite stars appear on tracks with lesser known artists.
Here are 7 obscure country collaborations you may not know exist!
1. Wade Bowen & Brandy Clark – “Love in the First Degree”
This may be an Alabama cover from 2013’s High Cotton: A Tribute to Alabama, but it’s a collaboration that should be heard. In fact, it could probably be released and be a hit on its own merit. Texas country singer Wade Bowen‘s voice is as smooth as silk, and when paired with Brandy Clark‘s equally silky tone, it’s absolutely eargasmic.
2. Josh Abbott Band & Kacey Musgraves – “Oh, Tonight”
It may be hard to believe that Kacey Musgraves was once just a struggling singer-songwriter, playing bars in and around Texas. In 2010, she joined Texas country band Josh Abbott Band on “Oh, Tonight,” on their album She’s Like Texas. Even on this early-ish Musgraves track, it’s clear she’s something special.
3. Emily West & Keith Urban – “Blue Sky”
Long before she was blowing television viewers away on America’s Got Talent, Emily West was one of country music’s most under-appreciated artists. With her pure and powerful voice, she found a fan in Keith Urban, who added his voice to the haunting “Blue Sky.” If you only listen to one song on this playlist, it should probably be this one.
4. Jack Ingram & Dierks Bentley – “Barbie Doll”
Way before he was “Drunk on a Plane,” Dierks Bentley joined the underrated Jack Ingram on “Barbie Doll,” an ode to a girl who’s got the looks…but not much else going for her. Despite the ACM Performance, the track was never a hit for Ingram and has been forgotten, or not yet discovered, by most of Bentley’s fans.
5. Matt Nathanson & Sugarland – “Run”
At the peak of their touring career, Sugarland often stretched the envelope with their tour lineups, inviting acts slightly outside the country genre to appear as supporting acts. One such act was singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson, which led to “Run,” a sexy mid-tempo jaunt that perfectly pairs Nathanson with Nettles.
6. LeAnn Rimes & Marc Broussard – “When It’s Good”
There are few male singers out there with the soul and passion of Marc Broussard. The Louisiana-soul singer paired with LeAnn Rimes on 2008’s “When It’s Good,” which appeared on Marc’s album, Keep Coming Back. The two had previously joined voiced on 2007’s “Nothing Wrong,” from LeAnn’s album, Family.
7. Maroon 5 & Lady Antebellum – “Out of Goodbyes”
While Maroon 5 and Lady Antebellum may seem to run in two different worlds, this collaboration works in all kinds of ways. Hillary Scott‘s voice perfectly compliments Adam Levine‘s on the melancholy breakup tune from Maroon 5’s 2011 album, Hands All Over.
BONUS – Linda Davis & Reba – “If I Could Live Your Life”
Everyone knows that Linda Davis & Reba joined forces for one of country’s most well-known duets, “Does He Love You.” However, a few years later the pair reunited on the underrated “If I Could Live Your Life.” Extra points for the big hair, big shoulder pads and mom jeans that appear in the video.
What’s your favorite of these obscure country collaborations? Let us know below!
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