I was listening to a duet this morning and thought to myself this must be the most famous country duet ever. Of course that sparked my interest and so I came up with my Mount Rushmore of country duets. This is history right?
4. Whiskey Lullaby by Allison Krauss and Brad Paisley. The song I wanted to put in here was When You Say Nothing at All by Allison Krauss and Keith Whitley. The problem with that song is that never actually sang it together, but it was put together after Whitley’s death. They are similar songs. Both have Krauss who is my personal favorite female singer and one of the most talented musicians ever. There is no question of Whitley’s country credentials, but I also like Paisley. Of all the newer country artists, the bro country acts, Paisley is the one who still reminds me of a country singer. Whiskey Lullaby is a powerful song, the two together pull off the haunting vibe.
3. Jackson by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. This one is simple. It’s the best duet by possibly the most important couple in country music.
2. Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. The song was recorded a few times, but really became famous when Jennings and Nelson put it on their duet album. Again, I could have gone with Poncho and Lefty, but I think this song is much more known. Everyone knows at least the chorus of this song. Willie is the master of duets, I could also have added Beer For My Horses, Seven Spanish Angles, To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before, or the Highwaymen.
1. Islands in the Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Don’t need to say much about this. Its two of the very best, singing probably the most known duet in country music.