One of the most powerful aspects of country music is the duet. When you blend two voices together, the stories are elevated to a completely different level. Some of those iconic duets, including Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ “Islands in the Stream” and Reba McEntire and Linda Davis’ “Does He Love You” (among many more), have stood the test of time in the great canon of country music. Even in today’s landscape, there have been some truly memorable partnerships in the last 10 years, but how often do you hear those diamonds in the rough that no one pays attention to? For 2014, there have been quite a few that may or may not have been heard by the masses. So, Country Outfitter has put together a list of 5 Underrated Duets of the year. Enjoy!
5. Brad Paisley & Carrie Underwood // “High Life” (Moonshine in the Trunk)
Possessing that signature Paisley charm, this deep cut on his new album is one of his finest recordings to-date. It also helps when his comedic partner-in-crime Underwood is along for the hilarious ride. Here, the duo take aim at that ridiculous lawsuit over their No. 1 hit “Remind Me.”
4. David Nail & Little Big Town // “When They’re Gone (Lyle County)” (I’m A Fire)
Nail is one of those soulful traditionalists who is often taken for granted. His latest album veers between powerful country and rockin’ southern style. This duet with the harmonious Little Big Town is one of the year’s best.
3. Sara Evans & Gavin DeGraw // “Not Over You” (Slow Me Down)
Originally a pop smash, this track gets a significant pop-country facelift. Sonically, the original version isn’t too far from this, but Evans lavishes on a powerful vocal. DeGraw’s perspective offers a needed wholesomeness and a grounded and soulful tenor line.
2. Lucy Hale & Joe Nichols // “Red Dress” (Road Between)
Hale shatters any preconceived notions about an actress trying out the country road. Her collaboration with vocalist Nichols is a surprising delight. It’s a nice toe-tapper that strikes a chord between meaningful and needing to blast it with the windows down.
1. Tim McGraw & Catherine Dunn // “Diamond Rings & Old Barstools” (Sundown Heaven Town)
McGraw‘s latest album is one of the most mainstream, high-profile of the bunch, but this collaboration somehow became lost in the shuffle, especially as the album’s other pairing (with his wife Faith Hill on “Meanwhile Back At Mama’s“) saw more media attention. But the hat-wearing crooner spins a web of poignant lyricism and sorrowful delivery.
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