As the 50th annual CMA Awards looms ever nearer, even more videos fitting the Forever Country theme are beginning to appear. The latest partners Luke Bryan with Little Big Town, performing a mashup of two classic country songs that nods in style and approach to the ambitious “Forever Country” project that was released in September.
Standing with their backs to Bryan, Little Big Town starts the brief clip off with Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” harmonizing through part of the song’s familiar chorus. Without changing key or tempo, Bryan adds in a couple lines of multiple Entertainer of the Year-winning group Alabama’s “Mountain Music.” They all meet back up at the end to complete the chorus of Nelson’s song together.
A similar video featuring Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert also made its first appearance online. Urban and Lambert stand back to back, while Urban sings “Always on My Mind” as Nelson recorded it, into which Lambert interjects Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” – written, of course, by Nelson – before they sing out the last lines in harmony.
Lambert, Urban, Bryan and Little Big Town are all slated to perform at the 50th annual CMA Awards, along with Dierks Bentley, Maren Morris, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, Kelsea Ballerini, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw and Kacey Musgraves. The event will be hosted once again by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood and broadcast live from Nashville on ABC Wednesday, November 2nd at 8 p.m. ET.