Saturday, April 27, 2019
– The ever prolific Willie Nelson will release "Ride Me Back Home" on June 21 on Sony Legacy.
The title track was released today. The song was co-written by Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Sonny Throckmorton with his daughter Debby, Joe Manual and Lucinda Hinton expressing a love for horses and their spirituality. "Sonny lives right by Willie's Luck studio," longtime producer Buddy Cannon said. "He said he wrote that song because he was over there and saw Willie's horses. I don't even know if Willie knows that or not."
The horses to which Cannon refers are a group of more than 60 that Willie has adopted over the years, rescuing them from the slaughterhouse and giving them a home on his "Luck" ranch.
This is the 13th album that Cannon has produced for Nelson in a little over a decade and the album debuts three new songs co-written by the pair: "Come On Time," "Seven Year Itch" and "One More Song to Write."
Nelson also covers Billy Joel ("Just the Way You Are"), Mac Davis ("It's Hard to Be Humble" with sons Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson) and a pair of songs by the late American country/folk artist Guy Clark ("Immigrant Eyes" and "My Favorite Picture of You," the title song from Clark's 2014 Grammy-winning Best Folk Album).
Nelson offers a soulful interpretation of Buzz Rabin's "Maybe I Should Have Been Listening," Skip Denenberg and Dan "Bee" Spears' "Nobody's Listening" (before his death in 2011, bassist Spears had played with Nelson for more than 40 years) and the artist's 2019 return to "Stay Away From Lonely Places," an outlaw country deep cut Nelson first wrote and recorded for his 1972 album "The Words Don't Fit The Picture."
"I'm the biggest Willie Nelson fan there is, and I thought I knew every song that he ever did. But I had never heard that song. It sounded totally new to me," said Cannon, who lobbied to get Nelson to revisit the track. "He's a born troubadour. It's the greatness: That early genius that was him and his songs is still there."
The track list is:
1. Ride Me Back Home
2. Come On Time
3. My Favorite Picture of You
4. Seven Year Itch
5. Immigrant Eyes
6. Stay Away From Lonely Places
7. Just The Way You Are
8. One More Song To Write
9. Nobody's Listening
10. It's Hard To Be Humble (with Lukas Nelson and Micah Nelson)
11. Maybe I Should've Been Listening
Earlier this year, Nelson's, "My Way," his musical homage to Frank Sinatra (and 12th Legacy album), took home the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album and became his 13th Grammy win.