Almost Heaven, West Virginia
The original ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ has been an American country staple in our musical repertoires. It was originally released by John Denver. The song first appeared on poems, prayers, and promises. Originally, it was supposed to be sold to country superstar Johnny Cash but Denver recognized its power and its potential and decided to keep the song and record it himself.
‘Take Me Home, Country Roads’ became such a huge hit, it became his signature song. The song also went and became an icon in West Virginia so much so that it became one of several of its official state anthems.
And Now Around the World
Countless artists have covered the iconic gem and in the winter of 2016, Playing for Change covered it with artists from around the world. Playing for Change is “a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music.” They work under the strong principle that music has the power to overcome the distance between people and unite them.
PFC first started as a vision between co-founders Mark Johnson and Whitney Kroenke back in 2002. They started to roam the streets of America with a mobile recording studio. That endeavor resulted in an award-winning documentary. Later in 2005, they launched “Songs Around the World” to further build a global family of mucisians by recording and filming their performances.
Since they garnered huge success during their tours, they decided to give back to the community by establishing the Playing for Change Foundation, a “non-profit organization dedicated to building music and art schools for children around the world”.
The cover does a good job of mixing styles from around the world without losing its distinctly country heart. Just listening to the cover of the song gives me so much chills.
Why not share the good feeling with me and listen down below!