Country classics receive makeover
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
– Country classics are getting the makeover as part of the Country Music Association' award's 50th anniversary.
The new covers of country classics are rolling out now at ForeverCountry50.com, with at least one new song being added each day through Nov. 2, the date of the CMA awards.
Songs already released include "Friends in Low Places" by Dustin Lynch, "Believe" by Lauren Alaina; "Good Hearted Woman" by Drake White; "The Gambler" by Mark Wills; "Forever and Ever Amen' by Jon Pardi and "Sunday Morning Coming Down" by Michael Ray.
Covers include: "There Goes My Everything," which was the first Song of the Year in 1967; "Always on My Mind," Song of the Year in 1982; "When I Call Your Name," Song of the Year in 1991; and "I Hope You Dance," which won Song of the Year in 2000.
"This is a great opportunity for the fans to experience and discover the rich heritage of the format by hearing these classic songs performed by contemporary and legendary artists," said Damon Whiteside, CMA Senior Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Partnerships.
The 45 artists participating include former CMA Awards nominees and winners John Berry, T. Graham Brown, Deana Carter, Mark Chesnutt, Easton Corbin, Billy Currington, Billy Ray Cyrus, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Jo Dee Messina, John Michael Montgomery, Lorrie Morgan, Eric Paslay, Collin Raye, Shenandoah, Ricky Skaggs, Josh Turner, Steve Wariner, Amanda and Tyler Wilkinson, Kane Brown and Lee Ann Womack.
The project is an extension of "Forever Country," a song featuring 30 former CMA Award-winning acts performing three country classics: John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads," Willie Nelson's "On the Road Again," and Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You."
"This project was the perfect vehicle to include great artists who have and continue to represent country music throughout the last 50 years and to celebrate this historic anniversary of the CMA Awards by honoring some of the most defining songs of our genre," said Universal Music Group Nashville President Cindy Mabe. UMGN Universal Music Group Nashville is exclusively partnering with CMA to market and distribute "Forever Country" worldwide.
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