There’s nothing quite like when your favorite musicians team up together to drop a banger of a song. We’re talking Waylon and Willie, Tyler Childers and Colter Wall, or even guilty pleasures like Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker (don’t act like you don’t know every word to “When The Sun Goes Down”).
While there’s been some great collabs over the years, there’s some that have yet to happen that absolutely should. Let’s take a look at five collabs that you didn’t know you needed.
Sturgill Simpson and Post Malone
Normally, I’m usually not someone who likes when “rappers” get involved in country music (see Florida Georgia Line and Nelly’s ‘Cruise’ for example) but to paint Post Malone as just “rapper” is a huge disservice to his musical talent. Did you see the Nirvana concert?
And Posty has paid homage to country music in the past. Here he is with country legend Dwight Yoakam covering Merle Haggard’s “The Bottle Let Me Down.”
So why Sturgill? Well, during his time in quarantine Stu recorded himself singing Post Malone’s hit song “Sunflower,” and added that he would love to produce a Post Malone album. Teaming up would be awesome way for both of them to show off the range of their musical abilities.
I’m thinking if we get them on a stage doing a country/bluegrass version of “Circles” that would be awesome, or perhaps we can get Post out there for “Turtles All The Way Down” to sing about some LSD trips.
*Sidenote: Koe Wetzel would also be a prime candidate for a Post Malone collab. His cover of “Feeling Whitney”is legit.
Parker McCollum and John Mayer
If you follow the Texas scene then you’re familiar with rising star Parker McCollum. McCollum just dropped his EP, Hollywood Gold but selfishly, I already want more from Parker.
I’d love to see him team up with one of his all-time favorite artists, John Mayer. Time and time again Parker has referenced George Strait and John Mayer as two of his biggest inspirations.
Plus let’s be honest, the swooning that would happen with Mayer and McCollum on the stage together singing along to “I Can’t Breathe” would be a sight to see.
Evan Felker and Jason Isbell
This time I’m staying exclusively in the country music world with Felker and Isbell. Without a doubt both are widely considered two of the best songwriters of this generation, and for good reason.
“Cover Me Up” was released on Isbell’s Southeastern album (arguably his best work), which came after his newfound sobriety. I think many are looking for a Southeastern-like record out of Felker, myself included, when he finally gets back to making music. But to see them on the stage together would be like a symbolic passing of the torch from Isbell to Felker.
Jon Pardi and George Strait
In August, Jon Pardi dropped a surprise album that included some George Strait covers. In a lot of ways, Pardi’s sound is very reminiscent of King George so the fit is definitely there.