Willie Nelson’s New Album, which is called God’s Problem Child, will be released in the spring of this year. According to Rolling Stone, one of the songs that the new album features was inspired by President-elect Donald Trump and the 2016 Presidential Election. The song is entitled “Delete and Fast Forward.”
According to Rolling Stone, in the song, Nelson sings, “Delete and fast-forward, my friend/The elections are over and nobody wins/But don’t worry too much, you’ll go crazy again/Delete and fast forward, my friend.”
According to Yahoo, the lyrics to the song reveal his view on “how to cope” with the election and the results. Though Yahoo describes Nelson as “rarely overtly political,” Nelson showed support for both Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election season, per Rolling Stone.
Nelson has shown support for Democratic candidates in the past as well, notably supporting Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich and his bids for the White House. After the 2012 election, Nelson told Piers Morgan, then of CNN, that he was happy President Obama was reelected, though he admitted he didn’t cast a vote himself.
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Having released more than 60 studio albums, Nelson is known for songs such as “On The Road Again, “Whiskey River,” and “Always On My Mind.” In the 1980s, he also appeared in the supergroup The Highwaymen, which featured three other country music superstars in Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash.
Nelson has already cemented his legacy as a country music legend and icon. Though he will turn 84 years old this year, Nelson continues to add to a career that has spanned decades.
According to Rolling Stone, the album, which he made with producer Buddy Cannon, who he has worked with on many other projects, will also feature a song called “Still Not Dead.” Known for his sense of humor, the song is described as an amusing response to internet death hoaxes that Nelson has been the victim of in recent times.
“I got up two or three times in the last couple of years and read the paper where I’d passed away,” Nelson tells Rollings Stone. “So I just wanted to let ’em know that’s a lot of (silliness).”
According to Rolling Stone, the album’s “title track” was written by Jamey Johnson and Tony Joe White. Fans of country music may remember Johnson for his 2008 hit song “In Color,” and he also wrote the song “Give It Away” for megastar George Straight. Per Rolling Stone, the song will also feature an appearance by the late Leon Russell.
Though maybe not well known as he should have been, Leon Russell, who passed away at the age of 74 this past November, collaborated with many big name artists. At the time of his passing, the Inquisitr reported that Russell had worked with Elton John, Frank Sinatra, and many others. Nelson supposes that the song must have been the last that Russell record, according to Rolling Stone.
Sadly, Nelson recently lost another good friend Merle Haggard, who passed away on his 79th birthday last year. Nelson and Haggard, who made the song “Poncho and Lefty” together, had a friendship that spanned several decades, which the Inquisitr also reported on at the time.
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Though it appears that Nelson may not exactly be part of team Trump, Sterling Whitaker of Taste of Country points out that it has now been announced that his friend Toby Keith will be appearing at the Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration. The Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration is an event that well be held a day prior to Inauguration of Donald Trump.
Nelson and Toby Keith once teamed up for the song “Beer For My Horses” and later did a movie together of the same name. While often thought to be a Republican, Keith has told the Chicago Tribune that he is currently a registered Independent and was a Democrat for most of his life. Still, the good friends do appear to differ a bit politically.
According to Rolling Stone, while Nelson says he ponders retirement “after every tour,”once a certain amount of time has passed, he decides he’s “ready to play” once more. Are you excited about Willie Nelson’s upcoming album?
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