Country artists Thomas Rhett and Lady A team up to pay tribute to their musical icons that have passed away in a song called “Heroes.”
In 2020, everyone has experienced loss, including the music industry. Some legendary names have passed on, including Kenny Rogers, John Prine, Joe Diffie, Charlie Daniels, and so many more. In a line from the song, it even references Rogers’ duet with Dolly Parton. The verse goes, “As a kid, I would sing to ‘Islands in the Stream.“
“Heroes” doesn’t stop at honoring the artists that have died in 2020, however. The song pays tribute to different artists from varying genres that have passed on but left a lasting memory. Some of these artists include Whitney Houston, Kurt Cobain, Tupac Shakur, Tom Petty, and Amy Winehouse, among others.
The chorus goes, “All of my heroes keep dying. Lord, may they rest in peace. So here’s to the songs. That will always live on. From now until eternity…”
The song will be available on Lady A’s 2019 album Ocean, which featured a deluxe version for its one year anniversary this year. Ocean will include six more songs, bringing the album’s total to 19. Lady A released the track on Friday, November 20.
“Heroes” is written by Charles Kelley, a band member of Lady A, Thomas Rhett, Jesse Frasure, Julian Bunetta, Sean Douglas, and Joe London.
Thomas Rhett’s “What’s Your Country Song”
Just a few weeks ago, Thomas Rhett released another tribute song called “What’s Your Country Song.” In the heartfelt song, Rhett references at least 16 artists, both dead and alive, as well as iconic country hits. The star singer originally shared a teaser of “What’s Your Country Song” on Instagram back in April, right at the start of the pandemic.
“We were just talking about ideas for songs, and I just mentioned an idea of “What’s your country?” or “Where’s your country?” or something like that, and they were asking me where that inspiration came from,” said Rhett. “And I just noticed that — whether I was in Los Angeles or New York, or Seattle or Nashville, or anywhere in between, I just kinda noticed that everybody had some country in them, you know?“
[H/T Taste of Country]