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Willie Nelson’s New CD Addresses Getting Older

By Lola Augustine Brown


Having just turned 84, Willie Nelson shows no signs of slowing down. The musical legend is still touring and his latest release, God’s Problem Child, is his third in less than 18 months. But he knows he’s not immortal—a track on the new CD is “Still Not Dead” (“I woke up still not dead again today”).

Other songs touch on the effects of aging on one’s faculties and outlook—“Old Timer” and “It Gets Easier.” The record is as smooth as anything else the Red-Headed Stranger ever put out, and he‘s been doing it for more than 60 years.

Among the tender moments on God’s Problem Child is the final cut, “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” a tribute to Nelson’s late friend and collaborator Merle Haggard, who died in April 2016.

Known for pretty much living on the road, Nelson is currently touring this album throughout the United States and the tour includes two dates in Canada this summer—the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, AB, on August 4 and the Rockin’ River Music Fest in Merritt, BC, on August 6.

Courtesy of Legacy Recordings.