The Forever Country Cover Series rolls on this week, ramping up anticipation for next month’s CMA Awards. This time, the video series shines a light Josh Turner’s voice and Randy Travis’ catalog, with the younger singer performing an acoustic cover of Travis’ 2003 hit “Three Wooden Crosses.”
Travis’ most recent Number One single, “Three Wooden Crosses” spins the story of a midnight bus crash that kills three passengers. The final passenger survives, eventually turning her life around and giving birth to the song’s narrator, who later recounts his mother’s story during a Sunday morning church service. Sung by Travis in a solemn, deep-seated baritone, “Three Wooden Crosses” was crowned the CMA Song of the Year in 2003, with the award going to co-writers Kim Williams and Doug Johnson.
Backed by mandolin, acoustic guitar and harmony vocals, Turner strips “Three Wooden Crosses” down to its acoustic foundations, with his voice – whose rootsy rumble bears a striking resemblance to Travis’ own croon – paying tribute to the original recording. Released this week, the live performance is the latest in CMA’s ongoing Forever Country Cover Series, whose recent videos include Drake White’s performance of Waylon Jennings’ “Good Hearted Woman” and Jon Pardi’s version of another Travis hit, “Forever and Ever, Amen.”