Willie Nelson releases title track of new album, ‘Ride Me Back Home’

    The country icon wraps up a trilogy.

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    Willie Nelson has released “Ride Me Back Home,” the title track of a forthcoming addition to his bountiful discography.

    Originally co-written and recorded by the prolific Sonny Throckmorton, “Ride Me Back Home” is rendered beautifully by Nelson, who turned 86 today. His voice has aged gracefully, unlike that of almost any other musician at his age. Warbling harmonica lazily slides in and out of the song, complementing his earthy vocal tone.

    Ride Me Back Home will conclude a trilogy of Nelson albums produced by longtime collaborator Buddy Cannon, which began with God’s Problem Child in 2017. Besides “Ride Me Back Home,” the new album will include choice reworks of two Guy Clark songs and Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are.”

    Ride Me Back Home will be released June 21 via Legacy Recordings. Listen to the new single here: