2019 has been the year of yeehaw overload. With artists such as Kacey Musgraves and Lil Nas X introducing a whole new demographic to the joys of country, there is increasing interest in the genre.
An album more for the country purist than the average Megan Thee Stallion fan, country music elder-statesman Willie Nelson unveils 'Ride Me Back Home' – the third of a trilogy on mortality, apt for someone in his sixth musical decade.
Nelson has seen and can do it all, going full on honkytonk on tracks such as ‘Come On Time’ and earnestly political on ‘Immigrant Eyes’.
His position as the perfect storyteller is further evidenced in the brilliantly arrogant ‘Hard To Be Humble’, a track that only someone of his stature could truly get away with.
Whilst the album could do without a cover of Billy Joel's ‘Just The Way You Are’, it doesn't detract from the overall feeling of warmth threading through this project.
Words: Jumi Akinfenwa
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