If Hosting the ACM Awards Works, Maybe They’ll Record a Duet – by Alison Bonaguro
The first conclusion I jumped to when I heard that Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley were going to host the ACM Awards together was, “Maybe now they’ll make music together, too.”
It’s not like either one of these guys is collab-averse.
Bryan recently released a song with Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild called “Home Alone Tonight.” He also had Ashton Shepherd back him on “Tailgate Blues,” and he helped out Florida Georgia Line on their “This Is How We Roll.”
And Bentley has teamed up with a handful of solo artists himself. He and Fairchild sang together on his “When You Gonna Come Around.” He has also had help from Americana singer Patty Griffin on “Beautiful World,” Kacey Musgraves on “Bourbon in Kentucky” and Miranda Lambert on “Bad Angel.” Plus, Bentley sings with Lady Antebellum‘s Charles Kelley on his solo debut single “The Driver.”
So what if, by spending that much time together getting ready for the show on April 3, Bentley and Bryan realize their songwriting styles are similar, that their vocals would complement each other and that the world needs more guy-and-guy duets?
Think about it. There haven’t been that many. Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake performed “Tennessee Whiskey” on the CMA Awards and everyone lost their damn minds. Before that we had Trace Adkins and Blake Shelton on “Hillbilly Bone,” Kenny Chesney and Uncle Kracker on “When the Sun Goes Down,” Keith Urban and Ronnie Dunn on “Raise the Barn,” Toby Keith and Willie Nelson “Beer for My Horses” and Alan Jackson and George Strait on “Murder on Music Row.”
If you ask me, it’s time for another manly duet. And I think Bryan and Bentley are just the guys to do it.