In celebration of CMA's 50 year anniversary this year, they recently created and released the Forever Country music video. It is a mash up of three iconic country music songs- John Denver's Country Road, Willie Nelson's On the Road Again, and Dolly Parton's I Will Always Love You. The Harris Sisters recently shared this video among ourselves, and while we don't always agree on music, this was one that satisfied even our diverse musical tastes.
The video features 30 CMA Award Winning artists- everyone from Ronnie Milsap and Charlie Pride to 1990s sensations Reba and Brooks and Dunn to newer artists like Brett Eldridge and Kacy Musgraves. Brad Paisley is the first artist to sing on the track. Faith Hill is the first female artist to add her vocals. Little Big Town is the first country group to chime in (and incidentally, they appear in the video and throughout the song more than any other artist). Willie Nelson (of course) sings parts of his famous On the Road Again, and Dolly Parton is the last artist to appear as she finishes off the track with her famous I Will Always Love You lyrics. John Denver is no longer with us to add his talents to his famous Country Road, and his absence makes you miss him, and lots of others, who have already passed on.
For those paying close attention, you will also note that Randy Travis makes a cameo in the video, though he doesn't actually sing. Sadly, he suffered a stroke a while back and isn't able to but I love that he is included in the piece. He is also credited as one of the 30 artists. Here's the video. Check it out. I keep watching over and over (and over). I see and hear something new every time, and I cannot get enough.
I thought this video was really neat too. It's the making of the video, and shows and explains how they put it all together- lots of behind the scenes too.
And in case you are still trying to figure out who's who in the video and who's singing which parts (especially as the songs start to layer over one another), here's the breakdown you are looking for.