Josh Turner Wows with Reverent Randy Travis Cover of “Three Wooden Crosses”

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As the world gears up for the 50th Annual CMA Awards, fans and artists alike get to reflect on some of the greatest songs to ever come through country music, with the help of our favorite current country music stars.

This week the Forever Country Series features the masterful vocals of Josh Turner covering Randy Travis’ 2003 hit, “Three Wooden Crosses.”

The song won CMA Song of the Year in 2003 and was Travis’ last No. 1 hit, as it details the story of a bus crash, which killed three passengers. The song’s narrator is the son of one of the surviving passengers who is recounting the story during a Sunday morning church service.

Turner is backed by an acoustic guitar, mandolin and slight harmonies, stripping “Three Wooden Crosses” down to a bare-bones acoustic set, bringing out the uncanny likeness in his voice to Travis’ well-known vocals.

Though Travis has recently suffered a series of health setbacks, including a stroke in 2013, he will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this year. Travis is also briefly featured in the CMA’s “Forever Country” music video.

Turner and Travis were paired together often before Travis’ health problems, including this 2006 performance of “Forever and Ever, Amen.”