I don't want to hear about any more duets where it's simply an artist singing backup vocals. I was looking forward to hearing Miranda Lambert sing on Jason Aldean's upcoming second album, Relentless, but she's only singing harmony. Whatever happened to the great team duets like George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn. Heck, I'd even settle for Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, if they're both singing lead vocals.
One artist I'd like to see succeed is Jerrod Niemann, an artist from Liberal, Kansas who has a strong mix of ballads and uptempo songs. His first single, "I Love Women My Momma Can't Stand" was co-written by Rhett Akins. I saw Akins perform the song at the Rodeo Club last spring, and I could tell it's a song with great energy and tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
My favorite Niemann song, however, is "Yellow Brick Road", which describes his upbringing in rural, western Kansas.