In another of country’s collaboration mashups, Luke Bryan and Little Big Town perform two of country’s most classic songs. Inspired by the “Forever Country” mashup, the team released their video shortly before the 50th CMA Awards. And it’s an amazing blend of country’s finest.
Before the 50th annual CMA Awards, 30 country stars released an epic mashup of Wilie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” The medley was titled “Forever Country.” It was a smash hit on radio and the internet.
“Forever Country” was so big that it inspired offshoots of the project as the CMA’s came nearer. One of those was the collaboration of Luke Bryan and Little Big Town. The two contemporary country acts perform two classic country songs. And the result is amazing.
You can see the video below.
Nelson and Alabama
The video has Luke Bryan and Little Big Town standing back-to-back. Little Big Town begins with Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” their easy and familiar harmonies present.
Bryan doesn’t change key or tempo, but chimes in with lines from Alabama’s “Mountain Music.” (Alabama actually won the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award multiple times.) The brief song ends as LBT and Bryan come tougher to complete the chorus of “On The Road Again.”
Notably, Little Big Town did well at the 50th CMA Awards, taking home the prize for Vocal Group of the Year. Bryan had two nominations that night, one for Entertainer of the Year and the other for Musical Event of the Year. However, he lost the former to Garth Brooks (who won again in 2017), and the latter to Dierks Bentley.
That year also produced other fun country mashups. Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert produced a similar one. They also stand with their backs together, while Urban sings “Always on My Mind” as Nelson recorded it, into which Lambert interjects Patsy Cline’s “Crazy.” (“Crazy was written by Nelson.) They end coming into harmony together with lines from “Crazy.”
The 50th CMA Awards spawned some great country recordings! Hopefully, we will see more of these in the future.