Billy Ray Cyrus is celebrating a massive milestone and he’s bringing along the wise words of iconic songwriter and musician Johnny Cash.
Cyrus recently posted a photo alongside his “Old Town Road” duet partner, Lil Nas X.
He captioned the photo, “Johnny Cash once wrote to me, ‘All things good come from All Mighty God.’ Today marks the 2 year anniversary breaking all records for 17 weeks at Number 1 with @lilnasx. I am grateful to God and all the fans around the world who made #OldTownRoad one amazing …incredible ride.”
Two years ago, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X teamed up for a bit of an unexpected duet. However, “Old Town Road” instantly blew up and became especially popular on the viral app, TikTok. It broke the record for the longest consecutive run in the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Billboard announced the news at the time with a tweet stating, “Over 28,000 songs have debuted on the #Hot100 in its 60-year history. 1,086 songs have hit No. 1. 38 songs have spent 10+ weeks No. 1. 3 songs have spent 15+ weeks at No. 1.”
Lil Nas X originally uploaded the song to Soundcloud. It was made from a Nine Inch Nails sample that was remixed by YoungKio and dubbed “country rap.”
According to NBC News, the song began building an audience and had moved its way up to No. 19 on the Hot Country chart before being taken down because it “does not embrace enough elements of today’s country music to chart in its current version.”
Billy Ray Cyrus stepped into the spotlight with iconic country tunes “Achy Breaky Heart” and “I Want My Mullet Back” on his resume to help give the song a new makeover and boost.
Johnny Cash and Billy Ray Cyrus
Clearly, Billy Ray Cyrus and Lil Nas X created a partnership that helped both of their careers in different ways.
Cyrus’ career has shifted and shaped a lot over time. When he was first starting out, he was the controversial artist behind the song “Achy Breaky Heart” in 1992. At the time, it was an outlier from the traditional county music sound that artists like Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash had stood for.
However, Cash sent Cyrus a letter giving him praise for his song.
“I was very impressed recently to hear you give God the credit for your success. It’s good to be reminded where all goodness comes from … Thirty-six years ago, I was working with Elvis and saw him take the same kind of flak you’re taking now. Congratulations on the way you’re handling it all. In your case, as in Elvis’, the good outweighs the bad. Let ’em have it. I’m in your corner,” Cash wrote.