Ride Me Back Home [Gold Vinyl] [B&N Exclusive]

Ride Me Back Home [Gold Vinyl] [B&N Exclusive]

by Willie Nelson
Ride Me Back Home [Gold Vinyl] [B&N Exclusive]

Ride Me Back Home [Gold Vinyl] [B&N Exclusive]

by Willie Nelson

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Like so many Willie Nelson albums of the 2010s, Ride Me Back Home bears a title that appears to be a vague nod to Nelson's mortality. Unlike, say, God's Problem Child or Last Man Standing, the cloud doesn't appear to hang so heavy on Ride Me Back Home, but maybe that's because the album is amiably unkempt in a way its immediate predecessors were not. Some of that is due to how Nelson and his longtime producer Buddy Cannon don't rely heavily on original material this time around. The pair write four originals, while Nelson collaborates with Sonny Throckmorton on the elegiac title track. Generally, Nelson's originals provide Ride Me Back Home with its liveliest moments: "Come on Time" is a wry shuffle, "One More Song to Write" floats through on a coastal breeze, the jazzy swing of "Seven Year Itch" is delivered with a sly grin, and "Stay Away from Lonely Places" seems inspired by the Sinatra tribute he delivered just prior to this album. Elsewhere, Nelson gets considerable mileage from a couple of Guy Clark songs, wringing out the heartbreak on "My Favorite Picture of You" and providing some understated social commentary with a delicate reading of "Immigrant Eyes." Despite "Immigrant Eyes" and the occasional air of melancholy, Ride Me Back Home isn't a particularly serious album, nor is it necessarily a cohesive one. Just as it enters a hazy after-hours vibe, it takes a sudden left-turn into soft rock with a mellow rendition of Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are." This isn't the only descent into '70s cheese, either: Nelson brings in his sons Lukas and Micah to sing Mac Davis' "It's Hard to Be Humble." The presence of these Me Decade chestnuts on an otherwise handsome, burnished collection is slightly disarming yet they're also ingratiating, since they help give the record the feel of a dusty old LP, a record that's comprised of low-key gems and amiable throwaways. This retro vibe is appealing and it also helps undercut whatever lingering sense of fatality hangs over the album, since it suggests that Ride Me Back Home isn't a statement, but rather just another enjoyable record in a long line of enjoyable records. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Product Details

Release Date: 06/21/2019
Label: Bmg Special Products / Legacy
UPC: 0190759530016


  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
  11. Maybe I Should've Been Listening

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nelson   Primary Artist,Vocals
Shawn Camp   Guitar (Acoustic)
Kevin Grantt   Bass (Acoustic)
Bobby Terry   Guitar (Steel),Guitar (Acoustic),Guitar (Electric)
Kenny Malone   Percussion
Mickey Raphael   Harmonica
Jim "Moose" Brown   Piano,Wurlitzer
Larry Paxton   Bass
Tommy White   Guitar (Steel)
Barry Bales   Bass (Acoustic)
Michael Rojas   Synthesizer
John Hobbs   Synthesizer
Melonie Cannon   Vocals (Background)
Lonnie Wilson   Drums,Percussion
Matt Rollings   Piano,Wurlitzer
Buddy Cannon   Vocals (Background)
Kenny Greenberg   Guitar (Electric)
Fred Eltringham   Drums,Percussion
Lukas Nelson   Featured Artist
James Mitchell   Guitar (Acoustic),Guitar (Electric)
Micah Nelson   Featured Artist

Technical Credits

Steve Chadie   Engineer
Sonny Throckmorton   Composer
Billy Joel   Composer
Mac Davis   Composer
John Guess   Engineer
Roger Murrah   Composer
Kieron Menzies   Engineer
Buzz Rabin   Composer
Buddy Cannon   Composer,Producer
Guy Clark   Composer
Harlan Steinberger   Engineer
Willie Nelson   Composer
Joe Manual   Composer
Andrew Mendelson   Mastering
Tony Castle   Mixing,Engineer
Dan Spears   Composer
Jason Mott   Assistant Engineer
Gordie Sampson   Composer
Frank Harkins   Design,Art Direction
Pamela Springsteen   Photography
Shannon Finnegan   Production Coordination
Jake Burns   Assistant Engineer
Skip Denenberg   Composer
Charlie Kramsky   Assistant Engineer
Mike Stankiewicz   Assistant Engineer
Sean R. Badum   Assistant Engineer
Greg Eliason   Assistant Engineer
Jeremy Simoneaux   Assistant Engineer
Zack Pancoast   Assistant Engineer
Bobbi Giel   Assistant
Matt Leigh   Assistant Engineer
Taylor Chadwick   Assistant
Megan Peterson   Assistant
Debby Throckmorton   Composer
Lucinda Hinton   Composer
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