What happens when you take 30 of the biggest country music artists of all time and put them together in front of the same green screen? You get the biggest country music song and video this dang town has ever seen, and you don’t even have to be a country music fan to love it. Yee haw, y’all.
To celebrate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Country Music Awards, 30 CMA award-winning country music acts, including Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert, Trisha Yearwood, Alan Jackson, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Kacey Musgraves, Little Big Town, Jason Aldean and more teamed up to record a super-hit celebrating the long-running awards show.
“Forever Country” is a medley of three country staples, including Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again”, John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
It’s a trio of songs that, on paper, seem like an odd grouping, but hearing this incredible gathering of voices together to perform the timeless classics is enough to give even the most hardened cowboy the chills. The universality of Nelson, Denver and Parton’s music also means that “Forever Country,” contrary to its name, is not just a song for country lovers, but instead for all music lovers. You’ll want to stick around until the end to hear Parton finish off her famous track. Get ready for all the feels, world.
“Forever Country” hit country radio on Friday, with a sneak peek of the video making its debut Tuesday night during Dancing With the Stars. The full “Forever Country” video will be available to watch immediately following the DWTS preview on ForeverCountry50.com.
The video for “Forever Country” is directed by Grammy winner Joseph Kahn, who’s best known for his blockbuster music videos with Taylor Swift, including “Bad Blood,” “Wildest Dreams,” “Out of the Woods” and “Blank Space.” The new video does not feature eight-time CMA winner Taylor Swift, probably because ‘Forever Country’ isn’t the the most fitting title to associate with Swift’s career path.
Practicing the old adage of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood will again team up for the ninth time to host The 50th Annual CMA Awards on Wednesday, November 2 at 8E/7C on ABC.