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The Story Behind Country Music’s Epic Mash-Up! Plus: Hear Blake, Carrie, Miranda and 27 Other Stars Sing ‘Forever Country’

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Shane McAnally was nothing short of terrified when he stepped into the studio to begin a project that, on paper, looked a little crazy.

The challenge of melding three iconic country song – John Denver’s “Country Roads, Take Me Home,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On The Road Again” – into one new piece of music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Country Music Association Awards, was “a very scary process,” McAnally tells People.

In fact, when a mash-up was first proposed as a way of marking the anniversary, McAnally, who’s written hit songs for Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan and Kacey Musgraves among others, argued against it.

“I didn’t think it would work in our genre,” he says. “I said, ‘Maybe in pop music you can just take a piece of a song, but we tell stories. And we can’t just cut into them and take a piece.'”

But as McAnally, a CMA board member as well as a top producer in town (he’s behind albums by Sam Hunt and Musgraves), and other CMA members began to consider what songs could work, the idea took shape.

“I Will Always Love You” was a song that everyone felt like needed to be a part of it but I was having a hard time with the story – it’s such a personal song. It’s to one person,” he says. “But when you play that song over, ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’, they somehow take on a life together and it feels almost like you’re speaking more to the music, and to country music specifically, when you say, ‘I will always love you.’ It feels meant to be.”

An ode to the life of a traveling musician, Nelson’s classic seemed a natural addition to the mix.

“The line ‘The life I love is making music with my friends,’ kept coming into my mind and ‘On the Road Again’ felt essential,” McAnally says.

The result, dubbed “Forever Country,” was born and McAnally took on the task of producing the recording, a monumental undertaking with 30 artists, including one whom he especially wanted to impress.

“I was very scared when Dolly heard it that it might seem like a bit of a compromise to the integrity of the original song,” he says. “The song is such a simple, perfect sentiment. It was really important for her to know we handled it with care. She just listened and said, ‘Wow. That really works!’ It was really hard not to cry in front of her. I’ve cried a lot since then!”

The tune begins with West Virginia native Brad Paisley singing the opening lines of “Country Roads” (“Almost heaven, West Virginia) followed by a host of stars – Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Shelton”, George Strait – adding line after line until Musgraves begins “I Will Always Love You” (“If I should stay/I Would only be in your way”). Lyrics from the two songs weave in and out with different Nashville voices as Jason Aldean begins “On the Road Again,” joined by Rascal Flatts and many more.

The song premiered on country radio stations around the country Friday, but you’ll have to wait ’til Tuesday for the video, directed by Joseph Kahn, who won a VMA Award for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”.

“The responsibility of this feels greater than anything I’ve done,” McAnally says of the project. “I hope this is a great timepiece for the legacy of country music.”

Profits from the sales and streaming of “Forever Country” will go toward music education causes supported by the CMA Foundation.

Faith Hill & Tim McGraw to Get Stars on Music City Walk of Fame

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Faith Hill and Tim McGraw will be the newest members and country couple royalty to have their names in stone on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.

The pair will be inducted 11:30 a.m. Oct. 5th in Walk of Fame Park. Hill and McGraw will receive the 73rd and 74th stars on the Walk of Fame.

“Faith Hill and Tim McGraw both came to Nashville in the 1980s with big dreams and huge talent,” said Mayor Megan Barry in a statement. “Driven by their determination and a lot of hard work, they eventually found great success — and each other. Tim and Faith have made a big difference in our city, not only with their music but also with their generous contributions to many important causes. They deserve to join the many other incredible artists on the Music City Walk of Fame, and I’m looking forward to their induction.”

Walk of Fame inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration. The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile across the street from The Country Music Hall of Fame. Sidewalk medallions with the names of the inductees are displayed in a star-and-guitar design.

Tim McGraw Releases Lyric Video for “How I’ll Always Be”

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Check out the new lyric video for Tim McGraw‘s “How I’ll Always Be” from his Damn Country Music album!

Florida Georgia Line Premiere Music Video “May We All” feat. Tim McGraw

Country superstars Florida Georgia Line premiered their new music video for “May We All feat. Tim McGraw,” which features a behind-the-scenes virtual reality experience shot using Google’s Jump camera, putting the viewer in an immersive, 360-degree 3D environment, and giving fans the opportunity to experience FGL videos in a way like never before.

May We All” is the second single from FGL’s highly-anticipated Dig Your Roots album, which was released on Fri. Aug. 26.

The behind-the-scenes virtual reality content was produced with YouTube as part of our program to support artists and their musical vision with customized marketing campaigns including creative production.

With over 1 million subscribers and over 545 million views, Florida Georgia Line has built a robust community of fans on YouTube, and now, by embracing new technologies and using virtual reality, they offer the ultimate fan experience.

 

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