The Church on Cumberland Road

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"The Church on Cumberland Road"
Shenandoah - Church on Cumberland single.png
Single by Shenandoah
from the album The Road Not Taken
B-side "She Doesn't Cry Anymore"
Released January 1989
Recorded 1988
Genre Country
Length 2:58
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Bob DiPiero, John Scott Sherrill, Dennis Robbins
Producer(s) Rick Hall, Robert Byrne
Shenandoah singles chronology
"Mama Knows"
"The Church on Cumberland Road"
"Sunday in the South"

"The Church on Cumberland Road" is a song written by Bob DiPiero, John Scott Sherrill and Dennis Robbins, and recorded by American country music group Shenandoah. It was released in January 1989 as the second single from their album The Road Not Taken. It was their first number-one hit in both the United States[1] and Canada. In 2001, on a live CMT special, Rascal Flatts covered the song. It is also the first song the members of Rascal Flatts performed live together before officially forming in 1999.

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Larry Boothby.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1989) Peak
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[2] 1
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (1989) Position
Canada Country Tracks (RPM)[4] 30
US Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 29
Preceded by
"I'm No Stranger to the Rain"
by Keith Whitley
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

April 22-29, 1989
Succeeded by
"Young Love (Strong Love)"
by The Judds
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 1, 1989
Succeeded by
"Hey Bobby"
by K.T. Oslin


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 311. 
  2. ^ "Top RPM Country Tracks: Issue 6336." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. May 1, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  3. ^ "Shenandoah – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Shenandoah.
  4. ^ "RPM Top 100 Country Tracks of 1989". RPM. December 23, 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Best of 1989: Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 1989. Retrieved August 28, 2013.