This year, we’ve lost some of the biggest names in music history. From Prince to Merle Haggard, 2016 has marked the passing of influential artists from all genres. In January, pop icon David Bowie passed away after a secret battle with liver cancer. His music impacted millions, including some of country music’s current chart toppers.
During the Stand Up to Cancer telethon on Sept. 9, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban and Little Big Town came together to honor the late singer-songwriter, actor and artist. The supergroup brought a bit of twang to Bowie’s unforgettable 1977 hit, “Heroes.”
Sure, combining Bowie and country music may seem like an odd mixture. However, they manage to find a surprising balance of emotion and experimentation with their rendition of the classic. It’s never easy to cover a legend, but they pulled it off with ease.
The telethon had a special importance to both Urban and Little Big Town’s Jimi Westbrook. Last December, Urban’s father Robert passed away after a long battle with cancer. Westbrook’s sister, Joyce Morgan, also died from cancer that same month.
You can learn more about Stand Up to Cancer and their mission here.