'Life in a Northern Town' (and other great tour-mate collaborations)

So someone just recently made me sit down and watch the video for the live cover tour mates Sugarland, Little Big Town, and Jake Owen do of the Dream Academy’s "Life in a Northern Town." If you haven’t seen it, and can excuse the ringtone banner, watch it below. You won’t be sorry. It got me wondering: What are the greatest tour-mate collaborations you’ve witnessed?

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  • runjuliet

    Ben Folds and Rufus Wainwright singing Wham’s “Careless Whisper” on the Guster/Folds/Rufus tour of ’04.

  • movcritic

    OK, forgive me for gushing for a moment but — wow. First of all, that’s one of my favorite songs from the ’80s (no clear reason why, no specific memory attached to it, I just love the song). And it never occurred to me how good it would sound as a country song. Now, if Sugarland would just record and release it, I’d be thrilled.
    Onto your question: Anytime the Indigo Girls tour with someone, they do a killer group sing at the end. Among the highlights: “Closer to Fine” (a staple, I realize) with the Dixie Chicks and Ben Folds at an Honor the Earth benefit in Charlotte, N.C., in October of 2003. Just awesome. And they teamed up with Girlyman for a beautiful version of “Finlandia,” which is included on their “Rarities” disc.

  • Kira

    Years ago, Death Cab for Cutie and the Dismemberment Plan toured together and called it the “Death and Dismemberment” tour…which was awesome since both bands are indie puppie dogs.

  • Stephanie T.

    No Doubt and Reel Big Fish doing the Beatles “Obla Dee Obla Da” during one of No Doubts earliest concerts.

  • Rachel K

    That was so fantastic – WOW from me too!

  • missdona

    Pearl Jam w/ Ben Harper, Daughter at the Garden in 2003
    And Pearl Jam w/ John Popper playing the bridge of Evenflow on the harmonica at Randall’s Island in 1996. It was really a moment.

  • Ben

    Stevie Nicks and Sheryl Crow doing Strong Enough on tour was good. Like listening to a mother and daughter croon together…

  • Susi

    It’s reassuring to know that there still are some recording artists out there who can sing and play instruments well, unlike the subject of your post yesterday.


    This was good- but you should check out Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban’s recent cover of Stop Draggin My Heart Around, by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty. IT is fantastic!
    here it is: enjoy!

  • Crichton

    That was brilliant!! I would say that the Dixie Chicks and Joan Osborne performing “Am I the Only One (Who’s Ever Felt This Way)” in concert was fantastic!

  • Diana

    I just watched that 3 times…amazing!

  • Dave

    Lyle Lovett and Sting doing “Long Tall Texan” about 10-12 years back. That was cool.

  • Edward The Uppity

    Nana Mouskouri and Heino covering “Welcome To The Jungle”. It was amazing.

  • patrick

    I know this will date me, but in the early ’80’s. I saw Christopher Cross and America do an instrumental version of the Beatles “You Can’t Say that”… incredible

  • patrick

    I know this will date me, but in the early ’80’s. I saw Christopher Cross and America do an instrumental version of the Beatles “You Can’t Say that”… incredible

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