Listen to 30 great country stars sing “Forever Country” in honor of the CMAs 50th anniversary


Forever Country







The CMAs aren’t messing around this year.

After all, November 2 is the association’s 50th anniversary. If you don’t do something big and special, everyone will be let down. It’s almost like forgetting to buy your wife a present for your 10-year wedding anniversary.

To celebrate, the CMAs brought together 30 of country music’s greatest stars to sing “Forever Country.”

What the heck is that song?, you ask.

It’s a mashup of three songs: John Denver’s “Take Me Home,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”

Now, let me just list every icon who’s singing this song. Make sure you continue breathing as you read it:

  • Willie Nelson
  • Dolly Parton
  • George Strait
  • Reba McEntire
  • Alan Jackson
  • Tim McGraw
  • Blake Shelton
  • Carrie Underwood
  • Faith Hill
  • Keith Urban
  • Miranda Lambert

Many more artists sing the song, but I don’t want to completely blow your mind (see the breakdown of lyrics below).

The official music video for the song will debut on Dancing With the Stars Tuesday, September 20.

You can listen to part of “Forever Country” by clicking here.

Despite the arguments about what country should and shouldn’t sound like, here is a time when all country musicians can come together and appreciate greatness in the country music world.

The CMAs has been honoring the greats since the 50s, when it began. It’s done a lot for many country artists, and it has brought them together with their fans like no other organization.

Their vision is to bring “the poetry and emotion of Country Music to the world” and to “continue the tradition of leadership and professionalism, promoting the music, and recognizing excellence in all its forms.” – CMA World Vision Statement

With this year’s hosts, Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley, at the helm, the association plans to keep up the positive energy.

“While fostering a spirit of community and sharing,” says the CMA on their website, “We will respect and encourage creativity and the unique contributions of all. CMA will be a place to have fun and celebrate success. We will take risks, embrace change, and always exceed the expectations of those we serve.”

CMA Awards

Thanks to Nash Country Daily, we have the complete breakdown of who sings what in “Forever Country.”

“Forever Country”

[Brad Paisley] Almost heaven, West Virginia
[Keith Urban] Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
[Tim McGraw] Life is old there, older than the trees
[Faith Hill] Younger than the mountains
[Tim McGraw and Faith Hill] Growin’ like a breeze

[Little Big Town] Country roads, take me home
[Luke Bryan] To the place
[Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert] I belong
[Miranda Lambert] West Virginia,
[Luke Bryan] Mountain momma
[Blake Shelton] Take me home,
[George Strait] Country roads

[Kacey Musgraves] (If I should stay)
[Eric Church] All my memories, they gather ‘round her
[Kacey Musgraves] (I would only be in your way)
[Ronnie Milsap] A Miner’s lady, stranger to blue water
[Charley Pride (Musgraves Harmony on 2nd half)] (So I’ll go, yet I know)
[Dierks Bentley] Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
[Trisha Yearwood] (I’ll think of you each step of the way)
[Dierks Bentley] Misty taste of moonshine, teardrops in my eyes

[Lady Antebellum] Country roads, take me home
[Blake Shelton] To the place I belong
[Carrie Underwood] (And I will always love you)
[George Strait] West Virginia, mountain momma
[Martina McBride] (I will always love you)
[Darius Rucker] Take me home country roads

[Jason Aldean] On the road again
[Rascal Flatts] Like a band of gypsies we go down the highway
[Jason Aldean] We’re the best of friends
[Willie Nelson] Insisting that the world keep turning our way
[Willie Nelson] Turning our way

[Brooks & Dunn] Country Roads
[Alabama] (Country Roads)
[Brooks & Dunn] Take me home
[Alabama] (Take me home)
[Darius Rucker] To the place I belong
[Little Big Town girls (Karen and Kimberly)] And I will always love you
[Brett Eldredge] West Virginia, Mountain Momma
[Reba] (I will always love you)
[Keith Urban] Take me home, country roads

[Reba] Oh I hope life treats you kind
[Reba] And I hope you have all you dreamed of
[Alan Jackson] I wish you joy and happiness
[Vince Gill] But above all this I wish you love


[Carrie Underwood (Brad on 2nd Half Harmony)] And I will always love you, I
[Martina McBride] Will always love you
[Little Big Town Harmony] Take me home, Country roads
[Dierks Bentley/Kacey Musgraves] Take me home, Country roads
[Trisha Yearwood] And I will always love you
[Tim McGraw] On the road again
[Faith Hill] I will always love you
[Alan Jackson] I just can’t wait to get on the road again
[Faith Hill] I will always love you
[Luke Bryan] Take me home
[Eric Church] Country roads
[Brett Eldredge] The life I love is makin’ music with my friends
[Ronnie Milsap] Take me home, Country roads
[Martina McBride] And I will always love you
[Miranda Lambert/Reba] With my friends
[Jason Aldean] I can’t wait to get on the road again
[Little Big Town] Take me home, Country roads
[Dolly Parton] And I will always love you, I’ll always love you