WATCH: “Forever Country” is out and already a hit

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Forever Country
Shot from “Forever Country” (photo from tasteofcountry.com)

If you haven’t heard of this video, I’m not sure where you’ve been.

This is the video that brings together 30 of the biggest country music stars in the world, all singing the mashup song called “Forever Country.” The video is for the CMA Awards’ 50th anniversary, which will broadcast live on November 2.

This star-packed song combines three hit songs: John Denver’s “Take Me Home,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” — all CMA Entertainer of the Year winners.

The video shows Keith Urban standing among flowers in a field with a beautiful mountain landscape coming up behind him. It shows Luke Bryan strumming his guitar beside some railroad tracks; across from him is Miranda Lambert. Willie Nelson grabs his guitar from under the Eiffel Tower. Kacy Musgraves is in the middle of a street in Nashville while Charley Pride, Trisha Yearwood and Dierks Bentley cross a bridge. 

You get the idea. 

Every line, a different artist jumps in and sings. It seems the artists were happy with the end result.

“All the people involved are people that we love, and that we loved 10 years ago, 20 years ago and today,” says Tim McGraw, commenting on the video.

“There’s every era of country music in this song and in the video,” Trisha Yearwood said. “I’m just trying not to be giddy the whole time. I’m supposed to be emoting and I’m really just going, ‘This is so cool!'”

This video came just last week and it’s already taken a spot at the top of several different charts. Thanks to producer, Shan McAnally, and the video’s director, Joseph Kahn, this is an instant hit. That’s not surprising though — McAnnally has co-written a plethora of hit songs (Kacey Musgraves’ “Follow Your Arrow,” Miranda Lambert’s “Mama’s Broken Heart,” Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids,” among others). Kahn has shot films for some of the biggest stars today, and not just in country music (Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Eminem, etc.). He may be most well-known for his work on Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” video (he won a Grammy for it).

Here’s the full list of artists who made a cameo in the Forever Country video:

  • Alabama
  • Jason Aldean
  • Dierks Bentley
  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Luke Bryan
  • Eric Church
  • Brett Eldredge
  • Vince Gill
  • Faith Hill
  • Alan Jackson
  • Lady Antebellum
  • Miranda Lambert
  • Little Big Town
  • Martina McBride
  • Tim McGraw
  • Ronnie Milsap
  • Kacey Musgraves
  • Willie Nelson
  • Brad Paisley
  • Dolly Parton
  • Charley Pride
  • Rascal Flatts
  • Reba
  • Darius Rucker
  • Blake Shelton
  • George Strait
  • Randy Travis
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Keith Urban
  • Trisha Yearwood

You’re kidding me about this list, right? This is all in the same video, folks. That’s what the kids call cray-cray.

Check out “Forever Country” below:

 

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