If you’ve been on any social media format over the past day, it’s likely that you have come across a music video titled “Forever Country,” in tribute to the 50th annual CMA Awards, coming this fall. The video unites 30 country music acts from the modern era such as Brad Paisley, Luke Bryan and Carrie Underwood to legends of the genre in Wille Nelson, Charley Pride and Dolly Parton, with many others in between, coming together to perform three classic country staples: John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Nelson’s “On The Road Again” and Dolly’s “I Will Always LoveYou.”
Each act was filmed in front of a green screen over the course of three days in Nashville, with background imagery added in. “Locations” include the Ryman Auditorium, The Eiffel Tower, the CMA Awards stage, among others, wrapping up the video with all 30 acts together in a golden wheat field.
This seemingly impossible task, combining three classic country songs with such an extensive cast, was put together by songwriter Shane McAnally and directed by Joseph Kahn.
“Forever Country” Cast: 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 (non-singing role), Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban and Trisha Yearwood.
Check out the music video below and tell us what you think in the following comment section! The 50th Annual CMA Awards airs LIVE from Nashville, TN on November 2nd, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.