John Denver Gets Tribute Album Featuring Rock, Roots, Country Artists


It’s been 15 years since country-folk legend John Denver passed away, but his music still lives on.

John Denver: The Music is You, due out in February, is a tribute to some of the artist’s biggest hits like “Leaving on a Jet Plane,” “Sunshine On My Shoulders,” “Back Home Again,” “I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado,” and “Annie’s Song.”

The album features cover by such artists as rockers Train, Dave Matthews, J. Mascis, and My Morning Jacket, alt-country/bluegrass outfit Old Crow Medicine Show, and singer-songwriters including country artist Mary Chapin CarpenterLucinda Williams, Amos Lee, Kathleen Edwards, and Brandi Carlile (who handles the iconic Denver anthem, “Take Me Home, Country Roads”).

A portion of the record’s proceeds will be used to benefit environmental initiatives in John’s name.

Check out the full tracklisting for the album below.


John Denver: The Music Is You 

Dave Matthews- “Take Me To Tomorrow”

My Morning Jacket-  “Leaving, on a Jet Plane”

Train-  “Sunshine On My Shoulders”

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros- “Wooden Indian”

Amos Lee- “Some Days are Diamonds”

Lucinda Williams- (Song selection TBA)

Brandi Carlile- “Take Me Home, Country Roads”

Old Crow Medicine Show- “Back Home Again”

Josh Ritter and Barnstar- “Darcy Farrow”

Kathleen Edwards- “All of My Memories”

J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten- “Prisoners”

Brett Dennen and Milow- “Annie’s Song”

Evan Dando- “Looking For Space”

Blind Pilot- “Eagle and the Hawk”

Mary Chapin Carpenter – “I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado”

Shannon Carlin, CBS Local

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