Country music weddings that have stood the test of time
Every long-lasting marriage has its own secret formula, but it seems that being married to a country musician is a common thread. After all, there are a lot of couples from famous countries who have been living proof of this. So here we present five country music weddings that have stood the test of time. These couples kept the love alive despite the busy and busy writing, recording and touring schedule and made many people believe in a happy future.
Let’s get to know them!
1. Dolly Parton and Carl Dean
Topping the list is the 55-year marriage of Dolly Parton and Carl Dean. Dean, 21, first met Dolly at a laundromat and immediately struck up a conversation with her. And the rest is history.
But unlike other country couples, they’re very elusive – rarely seen together, except for this one time when Carl Dean reluctantly attended an event with Dolly – to the point that fans are surprised to know that the legendary country singer is married (and even more so when they learn she’s been married since 1966!). Not only that, but there were also a lot of rumors back then (and even now) that Carl Dean isn’t a real person. Nonetheless, Dolly paid no heed to these rumors, and this attitude, along with their elusiveness, are probably two of the many things that made their marriage last so long!
2. George and the Strait of Norma
George and Norma Strait come in second, having been married since 1971. The couple fled to Mexico in December 1971, shortly before George joined the ARMY. But living together for so long has not been easy for them. In their nearly 50 years of marriage, they’ve undoubtedly been through a lot, including the loss of a child at the age of 13. But it was also these difficult times that made them strong and kept their relationship going. And they feel so lucky to be living this life together and being able to support each other through all the good times and bad.
Now they are enjoying life’s little blessings, like drinking coffee together in the morning and spending more time with each other.
3. Alan and Denise Jackson
Third on our list are Alan and Denise Jackson, and they are living proof that marriages can be saved with mutual effort and will.
Alan and Denise first fell in love when they were teenagers in high school. And they didn’t waste a second and exchanged vows at just 21 in 1979. Together, they made the big leap to Nashville, where Alan tried his hand at making his way as a country musician. It took him 10 years before he finally made his way, but as successful as his career was, she couldn’t mend his strained relationship with his wife. And his betrayal, on top of that, led them to almost quitting in 1998. But instead of getting divorced, the couple decided to give their love another chance, and they worked together through counseling and therapy. . And this time around, their love came out stronger, and together they took on all the challenges that life gave them.
4. Kix and Barbara Brooks
Kix Brooks, known as the other half of Brooks & Dunn, first met Barbara in 1979. And four decades later, he’s still in love with her. And her too.
By the time they first met they were both in Maine, but Kix left to pursue a career in country music in Nashville. While the distance between them was thousands of miles, it didn’t stop them. And finally, they got married in 1981. (Although things could have been different as Kix slept too much and was almost late for his own wedding!) Soon Kix made his breakthrough in the industry and formed the duet with Ronnie Dunn in 1990. But despite all the fame and success, nothing has ever changed with their relationship. And they made it work with two kids even through the busy touring schedule. Today, they are still married and in love with each other.
5. Toby Keith and Tricia Covel
Toby Keith and his wife Tricia Covel, who have been married since 1984, round out our top five country couples. And like every other couple on this list, they were already together even before the fame came. The two met at an Oklahoma nightclub in 1981 (Toby was 20 and Tricia was 19), and three years later they tied the knot.
As Toby Keith struggled to make a name for himself in country music, a lot of people kept telling Tricia that she had to tell him to find a real job. But she never paid attention to what they said and kept trusting her husband. And it all paid off when Toby started scoring chart-topping hits and accolades. Tricia’s faith in him and the continued support she gave him are undeniably the two things that made their relationship last so long.
Strong country: couples married the longest
Apart from the five couples we have already met and whose stories have made us believe that there is indeed real love, here are other couples who have been married for 10 years and more!
- Martina and John McBride (1988)
- Ronnie and Janine Dunn (1990)
- Clint and Lisa Black (1991)
- Tim McGraw and Faith Hill (1996)
- Shawna and Keifer Thompson (1999)
- Vince Gill and Amy Grant (2000)
- Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams (2003)
- Dierks Bentley and Cassidy Black (2005)
- Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood (2005)
- Jimi Westbrook and Karen Fairchild (2006)
- Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman (2006)
- Luc and Caroline Boyer (2006)
- Charles and Cassie Kelley (2009)