The Country Music Association marked the 50th anniversary of the CMA awards, with the release of “Forever Country”, a commemorative single in which over 30 country artists collaborate to celebrate the genre.
The single will take the form of a medley of the classic country songs John Denver‘s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Willie Nelson‘s “On the Road Again” and Dolly Parton‘s “I Will Always Love You.” The song was released on September 16th, with a music video set to follow on September 20th. The video will celebrate the country music industry and it’s impressive, and unique history.
Speaking to The Boot, CMA CEO Sarah Trahern outlined the reasons for the single:
”Forever Country” is a moving tribute to country music, country music fans, and the artists who have built this format into what it is today,”
“This music video is the product of the CMA Board of Directors who came together in support of this project as a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the CMA Awards, a statement on the heritage and future of the country music industry, and a reflection of this year’s Awards theme: ‘Then. Now. Forever Country.’”
The collaborators for the single are superstars from the genre’s past and present, including Alabama, Dierks Bentley, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Reba McEntire, Luke Bryan, Kacey Musgraves, Tim McGraw, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Blake Shelton. The song was produced by CMA Award-winning songwriter Shane McAnally and directed by Grammy Award-winning director Joseph Kahn.
Listen to the song below, and check out the full list of collaborators below.
Brooks & Dunn
Little Big Town