Like Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings in the 1970s and Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn’s great friendship before that. It’s hard to overlook Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’s friendship that began when he first appeared on her 1970s Dolly TV show. Then they started to make music together when they recorded the iconic “Islands In The Stream” in the early 1980s. And who can forget Parton’s friends and trio partners Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, who won a Grammy in 1988 for their Trio album.
Miranda Lambert has many friends in country music and even started a group with her buddies Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley to form The Pistol Annies. The trio of songwriting friends have released four albums together since 2011, including a 2021 holiday album called Hell Of A Holiday. Lambert has also made friends in a songwriting sense with Jelly Roll and Morgan Wallen, just to name a few. Her latest co-write friendship can be found on Brothers Osborne’s latest self-titled album. The song they wrote with Miranda is called “We Ain’t Good At Breaking Up,” and she sings on the song.
Jason Aldean joined Luke Bryan, his friend for many years, to celebrate Bryan’s recent 30 number one song party last week (9/12). Luke is also good friends with his one-time ACM award show co-host Blake Shelton and is friends with his current CMA Awards show co-host Peyton Manning, who might as well be a country star (although he doesn’t sing) as much as he loves the music.
Darius Rucker has many friends in the entertainment industry and counts Lady A’s Charles Kelley as one of his closest friends. Many of his country music friends have joined Rucker every June in Nashville for his annual benefit concert to help St. Judes Hospital. Past buddies helping out include Jason Aldean, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Kane Brown, Luke Bryan, Luke Combs, Sheryl Crow, Charles Kelley of Lady A, Ashley McBryde, A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys, Brad Paisley, and Kenny Rogers.
Let’s look at five of country music’s best friendships today.