Chris Young and Lauren Alaina’s ‘Town Ain’t Big Enough’ Is a Heartbreak Duet [Listen]
Young co-wrote the breakup anthem with Cary Barlowe, Corey Crowder and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay, who also contributed background vocals on the track. The lyrics depict the aftermath of a relationship that leaves the former lovers in the awkward position of having to still live in the same small town, where they find they can't escape each other.
"This town ain’t big enough / Your friends and mine run into each other all the time / Seems like there ain’t no place to run / This town ain’t big enough for both of us," the chorus rings out. Young takes the first verse, and Alaina joins him for the chorus before taking the second verse for herself. Her high-octane upper range offers a perfect complement to Young's rich baritone, providing an alluring vocal blend.
The pair surprised fans during the 2019 CMA Fest at Spotify House at Blake Shelton's Ole Red bar in Nashville, where they revealed the collaboration and performed the duet for the first time.
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"Town Ain't Big Enough" will appear on Young's upcoming eighth studio album, Raised on Country. The album will also feature a collaboration with Kane Brown. Young revealed the news on his Instagram page by showing Brown in the studio laying down his vocals.
Young is currently headlining his Raised on Country Tour, named after his single of the same name. Chris Janson, Jimmie Allen, LoCash, Carlton Anderson and Dylan Scott are acting as support acts on a rotating basis.
Alaina is playing a number of music festivals and will be headlining her very own tour this fall. The That Girl Was Me Tour kicks off on Sept. 14 in Columbia, Mo., and ends in Nashville on Oct. 25. Filmore will act as support for the entirety of Alaina's tour.
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