The mood of the Fallout 76 trailer is set by the use of the iconic song “Country Roads” by folk music legend John Denver ... but that’s not John Denver singing his version of the song during the trailer. We tried Shazam and had no luck, and the rest of the internet seemed as baffled as we were. Plenty of people online are curious, but no one had been able to ping down the artist who is covering the song.
Bethesda itself has discussed the song and its plans for the cover, but sadly we still don’t know who is actually performing it. It’s likely done by studio musicians put together exactly for this purpose, and we’ve reached out to Bethesda to get a definitive answer.
“Starting July 4, visit the iTunes store to purchase the Inkspots-inspired cover of the classic John Denver song ‘Take Me Home Country Roads’ as heard in the Fallout 76 official announcement trailer,” Bethesda’s Nicolas Patterson said in a statement. “Bethesda will donate 100 percent of its proceeds, with a minimum donation of $100,000, from sales of the single to Habitat for Humanity to assist in the organization’s goal of transforming lives and communities through affordable housing.”
Here’s the cover version of the song:
And here’s John Denver’s original: