Carrie Underwood couldn't wait to show off this brand-new medley of hits CMA Country Music Assocation
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There was no way Carrie Underwood and her CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley were going to miss performing on the history-making collaboration, “Forever Country.” The all-star track features Carrie and Brad, along with Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban and dozens more superstars singing in celebration of the CMA Awards’ 50th anniversary.

Believe it or not, all of these stars contributed their parts for the video over a three-day period this summer. According to Carrie, that kind of teamwork just wouldn’t happen in other genres of music.

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Carrie says, “I think the cool thing about country music is its support of each other and other artists. People just wanting to collaborate for the genre to show off. I mean, 50 years at the CMA, that’s incredible. So many iconic artists are part of this project. Legends all the way to newer artists and everywhere in between. It’s a cool thing that I’m not sure any other genre of music could really pull off.”

As for the song itself, “Forever Country” is a mashup of Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” John Denver’s “Country Roads, Take Me Home” and Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”

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“I think all three song choices were perfect,” Carrie says.

Carrie sings a few lines on “I Will Always Love You,” a song she’s performed on The Storyteller Tour all this year. With “Forever Country,” Carrie was happy to let Dolly Parton take over on the final lines.

“It’s perfect that Dolly ends it, too,” Carrie adds. “It wouldn’t have been right for us to do it without her.”

“Forever Country” is now available digitally. We expect the song will be featured on the 50th Annual CMA Awards coming up Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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