2017’s Best Collaborations: On Tour and In the Studio
1. Florida Georgia Line & Backstreet Boys
Starting tomorrow, Florida Georgia Line is touring with the Backstreet Boys for select baseball stadium dates of FGL’s 2017 tour. This is not the first time that the country duo has blurred the lines of their genre. Their first hit “Cruise” grew to fame with its remixed version featuring hip-hop star Nelly. Florida Georgia Line released the single “God, Your Mama, and Me” featuring the Backstreet Boys on their 2016 album Dig Your Roots. The album also featured fellow country icon Tim McGraw and Ziggy Marley, Bob Marley’s brother whose strongsuit is the reggae genre. Therefore, FGL has proven that their tastes are scattered but that it doesn’t limit their success. For anyone who loves ’90s boy bands but has a taste for modern-day pop-country, these shows will be the best of both worlds. This is why they top TicketNetwork’s 2017’s Best Collaborations list so far.
2. John Mayer & Grateful Dead in Dead & Company
For years now, crooner John Mayer has taken over the role as the lead singer for Dead & Company. The name stems from the band’s makeup. The lineup consists of the remaining members of Grateful Dead with Mayer at the helm. They play a range of music from old Grateful Dead favorites to Mayer’s classics, as well. Since the singer took some time away from the spotlight to readjust his outlook and lifestyle, Mayer has returned balanced and focused. He is touring later in the summer for the continuation of “The Search for Everything Tour” in support of his 2017 album. Therefore, Mayer is keeping busy. The immense amount of talent onstage, old and new, in Dead & Company makes it a show worthwhile for any Deadheads.
3. More Life: Drake and Giggs
Drake resurfaced in early 2017 with his album More Life. It strayed from the angsty, scatterbrained mentality of Views and towards a passion for international sound. Caribbean influences, underground London rap, and other unique tones molded More Life into a body of work that sticks out on Drake’s resume. It was the perfect bounce-back from Views‘ less-than-stellar reviews. Now, Drake is taking a break for the rest of 2017 after wrapping up his “Boy Meets World Tour,” the international leg of his tour since Views.
Giggs became a name to watch for off of his new album, as he is the man behind the underground London rap tone on More Life. It added a tougher, gritty dimension in fluctuation with Drake’s smoother, emotional notes. Giggs’ accent on “It’s an OVO ting, eh?” became a notable line in the beginning of More Life. Rumors are that Giggs is now signed to OVO Sound, Drake’s record label. Therefore, 2017 birthed a great, surprising collaboration in hip-hop between Drake and Giggs, and I give Drake major credit from finding new talent instead of leaning on another big name just for the financial gain.
4. “SOUL2SOUL World Tour:” Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
Ah, the classic romantic collaboration. In addition to releasing the song “Speak to a Girl” together, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are currently on their “SOUL2SOUL World Tour,” a tour name played off of their past successful co-headlining tours. The country power couple doesn’t seem to slow down or get less attractive with age. According to concert reviews, their romantic connection is palpable and make the performance that much more special. True love makes for a great tour run.