The Longest-Running Country Music Marriages of All Time
If the songs are any indication, the love lives of country musicians are nothing but one heartbreak after another. However, that couldn't be further from the truth! There are plenty of country couples out there who have had long, love-filled marriages without all the drama and tears you find in the music.
Today, we're taking a look at some of the country music marriages that have lasted the longest. When these couples said, "Til death do us part," they clearly meant it! While some of these marriages have had their rough patches, trials, and tribulations, these stars and their spouses have managed to work through their problems and emerge stronger and more in love than ever.
Some of these long-running relationships might even come as a surprise to you because you'll quickly see that not every spouse of a country musician loves to be in the limelight as much as their famous husband or wife. Some are more than happy to support their spouse from behind the scenes without a lot of attention on themselves.
Love is a rare thing in this world, but these country musicians hit the jackpot and have had decades of wedded bliss.
Let's get started!
Billy Ray and Tish Cyrus
It shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone that the country musician whose claim to fame is "Achy Breaky Heart" would have some troubles in his love life. And that's exactly the case with Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife, Tish. Though the two have been married for decades, it seems like they're always on the rocks.
The couple married all the way back in 1993, but it hasn't been smooth sailing for the two. As of 2022, the couple has filed for divorce three times. Once in 2010, in 2013, and again in 2022. Since the first two eventually fell through, we'll have to wait and see if this newest one sticks.
Dolly Parton and Carl Dean
What's the big secret to a long-lasting, loving marriage? If you were to ask Dolly Parton and her husband, Carl Dean, they'd probably tell you it's keeping a low profile. This country couple has amazingly been together since 1966, but it's highly unlikely you've seen the couple together in public.
While Parton might be one of the most recognizable and successful artists of all time, it seems that Dean prefers to let her have the limelight. He's a notoriously private person, but even though you might not see them together, there's plenty of love between the two behind the scenes.
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill
Tim McGraw and Faith Hill make up one of the best country music power couples of all time. The two wed way back in 1996 when both of them were some of the hottest names in country music. It seems like all that star power was good for the couple, as they've been together ever since.
During their long marriage, the couple has welcomed three daughters into the world to help fill out their famous family. They show no signs of slowing down, so we bet this decades-long relationship has a few more decades left in it!
Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman
You might not realize it, but one of the biggest names in country music is actually from down under. Keith Urban may be a New Zealander, but that hasn't stopped him from having a wildly successful country music career in the states. His wife, Aussie Nicole Kidman, had a similar rise to fame here in the US.
The two have been married since 2006, but it hasn't been all sunshine and roses for the couple. Shortly after their wedding, Urban checked into rehab for alcoholism, but Kidman stood by her man even when the going got tough. These days, the couple is doing much better and enjoys spending time with their two daughters.
George Strait and Norma Voss
George Strait and Norma Voss have one of the longest-running marriages in country music history. The two met in high school, long before Strait had a high-profile music career, and they've been together ever since. The two officially tied the knot all the way back in 1971!
The happy couple had two children together, although their daughter tragically died when she was a teenager in 1986. This tragedy brought the family together, and George and Norma set up the Jennifer Lynn Strait Foundation in her honor which donates to children's charities in San Antonio, Texas.
Ronnie and Janine Dunn
Ronnie Dunn owes a lot of his success as a country musician to his wife Janine. The two married in 1990 around the same time that his famous music duo, Brooks and Dunn, broke up. He was trying to make it as a solo artist, and according to him, Janine was instrumental in helping him find his voice as a solo artist.
And what was her advice to her husband? Stop and smell the roses for once! He says she told him, "You've been running hard for 20 years — and for about 15 years before that you were running hard to get here. You need to stop and spend time trying to find where you are in your heart."
Toby Keith and Tricia Lucus
If you were to judge by his public persona, Toby Keith wouldn't strike you as the kind of country guy to fall madly and love and stick with one woman. However, he's clearly a different guy behind the scenes because he's been married to his sweetheart Tricia Lucus since 1984.
Back then, Keith was just a fledgling musician with his best and most famous days in front of him, but Lucus clearly saw something in Keith that she loved. After more than three decades together, the two now have a huge family to enjoy with their three children and four grandchildren.
Alan and Denise Jackson
Alan Jackson doesn't have a spotless record when it comes to love, but he's clearly found a woman who is willing to stick things out when the going gets tough. He married his high school sweetheart, Denise Jackson, in 1979, and the couple had about two decades of smooth sailing before things went south.
In 1998, it was revealed that Jackson had cheated on his wife, and the two separated from one another for several months. However, the two lovebirds couldn't stand being away from each other for too long, so they finally reconciled. Since then, the couple seems to be stronger than ever.
Martina and John McBride
Lots of people fall in love in the workplace, and that's exactly what happened with Martina McBride and her husband, John. Before the two fell madly in love, John was a music engineer who worked on McBride's albums. While they might have started with a professional relationship, the two just couldn't deny the sparks between each other.
The two got married all the way back in 1988, and it seems like they've been happy ever since. McBride once cheekily told reporters that the secret to their long-lasting, happy marriage was that John "does what I say." It seems like John has really internalized the mantra of "Happy Wife, Happy Life".
Willie Nelson and Annie D'Angelo
You never know when love is gonna find you, and Willie Nelson can confirm that to be true! When he was filming the 1986 movie Stagecoach, he probably didn't think that Cupid's arrow was going to strike him, but that's exactly how things turned out for the outlaw country musician and his future wife.
While working on the film, he was introduced to one of the movie's makeup artists, Annie D'Angelo, and it was love at first sight for the couple. The two married in 1991, and the rest was history! Of his loving wife, Nelson had this to say, "She's been with me through thick and thin — you can't ask for anything more than that!"
Ricky Scaggs and Sharon White
Ricky Scaggs and his wife, Sharon White, are another couple who found love with each other through their shared love of music. While Scaggs may have had a more high-profile career, Sharon is also an accomplished musician who plays in a family country band, The Whites. The two married in 1981 and have been making music ever since.
The two have released several songs with each other throughout the years, but it wasn't until 2014 that they released a full album of duets, Hearts Like Ours. When the album dropped, Scaggs told reporters, "Now, to have been married 33 years, and what we've been through together with children and each other, as well as the way we've grown as people and as Christians, our faith has grown, I feel like we really have something to sing about."
Travis Tritt and Theresa Nelson
When it comes to country music, Travis Tritt's reputation is unimpeachable. However, when it comes to love...the story is a bit more messy and complicated. With two marriages within the span of a decade and a reputation for being a bad boy, it seemed impossible that he would find lasting love.
However, all that changed in 1997 when he married model Theresa Nelson. The couple is approaching two decades of marriage and has three children together, so it looks like Tritt finally found a woman to help him settle down. It's amazing what true love can do to a former bad boy!
Vince Gill and Amy Grant
It doesn't seem like a failed marriage could lead to something great, but Vince Gill and Amy Grant would beg to differ. The two met in the '90s as both of them were dealing with failing, loveless marriages. However, they stayed true to their vows and didn't become a couple until the divorces were finalized.
The musical couple finally wed in 2000 and have been together ever since. Though the two took things slow at the beginning of their relationship, it was clearly love at first sight for Vince Gill, who told reporters, "When she first smiled at me, that's when my world flipped on its axis."
Neal and Melinda McCoy
Love can show up in some pretty unexpected places, and for country musician Neal McCoy and his wife, Melinda, it happened at the mall. Way back in the early '80s, years before McCoy's music career took off, he was working in a shoe store when a customer who would become his future wife walked in.
The two wed in 1980 and have been together ever since. They have two kids together, and, at this point, it looks like the happy couple will stick with each other forever. Country music might be all about broken hearts, but the relationships of country musicians tell another story!
Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
Can a country musician and a Hollywood actress make it work? When it comes to Clint Black and his wife, Lisa Hartman, they definitely did! The two first laid eyes on one another backstage at a 1990 Clint Black concert, and it wasn't long before they were madly in love with one another.
Once the two finally tied the knot in 1991, they were inseparable. They've been together for 30 years now, and it's all because they found the secret to a long-lasting marriage. Black told People magazine, "Love is something that you nurture and protect. We've grown together in our relationship and never apart."