By Robyn Collins
What starts with Brad Paisley and ends with Dolly Parton and has 28 other country superstars in between? If you guessed the epic new “Forever Country” song and music video, you would be correct.
A-list music-video director Joseph Kahn, famous for Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood,” wrangled 30 stars of the past and present, each singing just a line or two before handing the baton to the next country superstar, reports Billboard.
Hit songwriters Shane McAnally and Josh Osborne collaborated to produce the track, mashing up Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Miranda Lambert and Luke Bryan were among the first to sign up. George Strait, Ronnie Millsap and Brooks & Dunn make appearances. Reba McIntyre, Vince Gill, Martina McBride and Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Jason Aldean, Kacey Musgraves, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, Charley Pride, Tricia Yearwood, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Alabama, Brett Eldredge (who likely snapchatted the whole thing), Alan Jackson, and Vince Gill lend their award-winning voices to the project. Dolly Parton puts in the final cameo with the last line of her beloved song.
The only artist appearing in the video but not on the music track was Randy Travis, whose health problems kept him from performing. “He gives that look,” says Kahn, “and even though he’s not singing, he’s connecting.”
“I have no idea what the life of the radio single will be beyond the video release,” McAnally says. “I would love to see it continue to grow and get played in places where people are asking for it — maybe everywhere.”