Country Strong: Nashville's Longest-Married Couples

You won't hear any of these longtime loves singing the blues. Find out how they've kept in tune with one another in good times and in bad

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Hillary Scott & Chris Tyrrell: 10 Years

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"Everything is brighter. Everything has a deeper meaning," Lady A's Hillary Scott told PEOPLE of meeting Chris Tyrrell, now a drummer for her band. "I've found a guy who truly embraces me for who I am and appreciates the things that I don't necessarily love about myself."

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Carrie Underwood & Mike Fisher: 12 Years

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Though their schedules are crazy — Carrie Underwood jets around the world for concerts and awards shows while until recently, Mike Fisher played for the Nashville Predators hockey team — the parents of two make their marriage their No. 1 priority. "I feel like Mike and I treat it like a partnership, which is a really good thing for both of us," she told PEOPLE. "I'm not the maid and I'm not the cook, you know what I mean? I do those things when I do them because I like to and I want to. You just figure out your roles and the things that each of you do better, and you give and take."

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Charles Kelley & Cassie McConnell: 13 Years

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Married since 2009, Lady A musician Charles Kelley and his wife Cassie McConnell faced a tough road, struggling with fertility issues once they decided they were ready for kids. But a happy announcement in February 2016 — they had a baby boy! — made the couple realize how resilient they'd become. "I pray that you and your partner will remain strong and united in your marriage and be thankful for the road that you are traveling and the lessons learned, even when it's really hard," Cassie blogged.

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Eric Church & Katherine Blasingame: 14 Years

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"She was trying to hook me up to write with one of her writers that she represented, that was how we met," Eric Church told of his publisher wife, Katherine Blasingame. "It's great now, because being a publisher and being somebody in the industry, I can bounce songs off of her and she has the knowledge, you know, to be kind of that sounding board of what I should cut and what I shouldn't cut. So, she's one of those in the inner circle that I run a lot of stuff by."

05 of 16

Luke Bryan & Caroline Boyer: 15 Years

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"We talk a lot, and as long as we stay on the same page and change together, I don't have trouble sleeping," Caroline Boyer told PEOPLE. Plus, "we're aware of the importance of being affectionate," Luke Bryan added. "We want [our kids] to know Mom and Dad are happy, and that's what a marriage should be."

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Keith Urban & Nicole Kidman: 16 Years


In 2006, Keith Urban shocked his bride of four months by entering rehab for alcohol addiction, but Nicole Kidman stood by her man. "To see that kind of love … that's very moving and deeply inspiring," said the now-sober singer, who has two daughters with Kidman, Sunday and Faith.

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Jimi Westbrook & Karen Fairchild: 16 Years

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"I think there was always something underlying there that we were trying to ignore," Jimi Westbrook told Great American Country of falling for Little Big Town bandmate, Karen Fairchild. "Then when the opportunity came, when all of us ended up single at the same time, those feelings, you were able to come out with them finally. It was like, 'We're single. Let's get together.' She has a beautiful heart and she's absolutely gorgeous and I just love her dearly."

08 of 16

Dierks Bentley & Cassidy Black: 16 Years

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"My wife, I always felt, has been very wise and has dragged me along, getting me to this spot of manhood," Dierks Bentley told Esquire in 2014. Though it was welcoming three children together that definitely woke the pair up to adulthood: "I thought I was a man until I had kids, and then I realized that my real life had just begun. It tears away the person you were before, builds you up to become the person you have to become."

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Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood: 16 Years

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Though Garth Brooks proposed to Yearwood before 7,000 fans, the stars live a relatively private life in small-town Oklahoma near his three daughters from his first marriage. Of their 2005 wedding, "we married the girls," explained Yearwood, which is why the five of them celebrate the wedding anniversary as a family every year.

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Brad Paisley & Kimberly Williams: 19 Years

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Humor has kept Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams' marriage on solid ground from the very beginning of their surprise 2003 wedding (guests thought they were attending the rehearsal). "Making each other laugh creates a bond," said Paisley, who has sons Huck and Jasper with Williams.

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Vince Gill & Amy Grant: 22 Years

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When they met, Vince Gill and Amy Grant were married to other people. Six years and two divorces later, they swapped vows and created a blended family (they've got five kids between them) in 2000. Their compatibility "is really pretty amazing," said Gill, "just the way we balance each other."

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Keifer & Shawna Thompson: 23 Years

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Baby boy made three for long-lasting couple Keifer and Shawna Thompson, who are partners in both life and music with their namesake act, Thompson Square. "We've been together for a long time and we've done a lot of things, and we just really felt there was something missing," they told PEOPLE when announcing their pregnancy in August 2015. "We love what we do, we love the music business, but we didn't want to deprive ourselves of having a family."

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Tim McGraw & Faith Hill: 26 Years

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Since saying "I do" in 1996, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have not been apart for more than three consecutive days. Hill, who has three daughters with McGraw, told Redbook, "Our marriage is the most important thing to us. We respect what we have and understand how we need to feed it."

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Clint & Lisa Black: 31 Years

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Though Clint and Lisa Black have been together forever by celebrity standards, there's still a serious spark between the pair, Clint told PEOPLE. "As soon as she opens her mouth and starts singing it does something to me," he shared. "I know the wonderful person behind that voice so it becomes a great big joy for me."

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John & Martina McBride: 34 Years

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Remembering her 1988 wedding, Martina McBride confessed, "I had bows all over my dress. I still don't know what I was thinking." Her fashion sense has changed, but not her feelings for her spouse. "He is thoughtful, kind, considerate, romantic, handsome and really funny," she blogged for Today.

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Dolly Parton & Carl Dean: 56 Years

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Dolly Parton's husband Carl Dean is rarely seen, but perhaps that is the secret to the couple's long marriage.

"When I met my husband, he wanted to take me out to dinner. He pulled up to the drive-in window and got our food at McDonald's," she told PEOPLE in 2018. "We know a few little places we can go without being bothered. He only likes to go places where he can be comfortable!"

And he's comfortable supporting his superstar wife, too. "Find you a partner who will support you like my Carl Dean does!" Parton captioned a throwback shot of the couple on Instagram in November 2021.

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