In the “Musical Insights” series, country artists share their thoughts on some of their most popular tunes.
“Forever Country” is a collaboration of thirty CMA Award-winning artists, offering a fresh take on three legendary 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,” all in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the CMA Awards.
“I think I guess it puts our own stamp having three voices on that song which would separate it of course from the original but you know, what I thought was really cool was that all these songs represented are country songs that have also kind of crossed over in a way,” says Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum, one of the participants in the song, in a statement from their record label.
“They’re big, popular songs. ‘Country Roads’ was actually more of a pop song that turned into a country song and then you’ve got, of course, ‘I Will Always Love You’ which was a country song that then turned into a big pop song so I think that’s very representative too of where country music is right now – a genre that really does skirt the line and it is such a broad appeal and it always has been, but it’s really cool to kind of be singing songs that weren’t just country songs. These are just iconic, massive songs.”
Watch the video for “Forever Country” here.