An unlikely pairing perhaps, but Miranda Lambert and Green Day front man Billy Joe Armstrong just made music to our ears with a new version of the punk-pop band’s song, “Ordinary World.”
The folksy tune, which first appeared on Green Day’s 2016 album, “Revolution Radio,” now features the country star’s vocals in a new version on the band’s career-spanning compilation album, “Greatest Hits: God’s Favorite Band,” which was released on Nov. 17.
In this clip, fans get to hear punk rock and country come together, as Miranda’s Texas vocals harmonize beautifully with Billy Joe’s right after the first line.
“Where can I find the city of shining light? / In an ordinary world / How can I leave a buried treasure behind? /In an ordinary world / Baby, I don’t have much / But what we have is more than enough / Ordinary world,” they sing, while accompanied by the simple sounds of an acoustic guitar.
According to Westword.com, Miranda and Billy Joe recorded their rendition of “Ordinary World” in less than an hour after wrapping up separate tours in Denver in August. They laid down their tracks in a small, Denver recording facility called Side 3 Studios.
And, while it may come as a surprise, this actually isn’t the first time Miranda and Billy Joe have collaborated together. In 2014, they shared the stage at the Grammy Awards for an acoustic duet performance of the Everly Brothers’ hit, “When Will I Be Loved” in honor of the late Phil Everly.
Speaking of awards, Miranda is up for two in this year’s Rare Country Awards. She’s earned nominations in the categories of Story of the Year and Female Artist of the Year. It’s up to you to decide the winners. Vote now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville. Voting gives you a chance to enter to win a trip to be there in person.