Long before he was the patriarch of one of Hollywood’s most famous families, Billy Ray Cyrus was a straight-out-of-the-box success story in Nashville. His first album, 1992’s Some Gave All, made its debut at the top of the country charts and went on to sell 20 million copies worldwide, on the strength of such hits as the title track and what became the Kentucky native’s signature song, “Achy Breaky Heart.”
Now, 22 years later, Cyrus is celebrating his astronomical start in country music with a retrospective album titled Icon: The Distance. The collection includes new versions of some of his most beloved hits, along with some album cuts that never made the radio airwaves – including his “Stand” duet with daughter, Miley Cyrus, and “Country Music Has the Blues” collaboration with Loretta Lynn and the late George Jones.
“The Distance” is the only brand-new song on the album, and one that Cyrus explains is symbolic of more than just his longevity in country music.
“The song is about going full circle in my life both personally and professionally,” he tells Rolling Stone Country. “I’m proud to still be standing here and looking forward to what the future holds. I am going the distance.”
Listen to the exclusive world premiere of “The Distance” below, followed by the album’s full track list. Billy Ray Cyrus’ Icon: The Distance album will be released June 3rd.
Billy Ray Cyrus’ Icon: The Distance track list:
1. “The Distance”
2. “Trail of Tears”
3. “Call Me Daddy”
4. “Busy Man”
5. “Wanna Be Your Joe”
6. “Stand” (with Miley Cyrus)
7. “The Freebird Fell”
8. “Need a Little Help”
9. “Country Music Has The Blues” (with George Jones and Loretta Lynn)
10. “Some Gave All” (acoustic)
11. “Achy Breaky Heart”