Country-rock veteran Willie Nelson continues to ramp up his own musical energy to help promote voting in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections. The 420-friendly guitarist has been rattling some feathers within the southern, more conservative community that have been the backbone of his fan base throughout the decades thanks to his support for punk rock prodigy and Texas Congressional nominee Beto O'Rourke. This time Nelson has penned his opinions down onto the lyrics sheet in an inspiring and truthful new single titled “Vote ‘Em Out.”
Following a fun harmonica-fueled intro, Wilson dives right into the core of what he’s trying to message to America with the lyrics, “If you don’t like who’s in there, vote ‘em out/That’s what election day is all about/The biggest gun we’ve got, is called a ballot box/So if you don’t like who’s in there, vote ‘em out.” The song’s galloping rhythm and dancing piano lines are right there along with Nelson’s trademark mix of Texas outlaw spirit and Nashville commercialism. Nelson had actually given the country western tune its unapologetic live debut during his headlining performance at a recent rally in support of O’Rourke. The Congressional hopeful even strapped up his guitar to join Nelson on stage during the singer’s 4th of July party outside of Austin back over the summer, where they performed Willie’s well-known tunes, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” and “Will the Circle Be Unbroken.”
Nelson recently took the stage in Hartford, Connecticut along with some of the biggest names in roots rock and country music for his annual FarmAid event last month. A full recap of the best musical moments from the long-running concert fundraiser can be read here.
Nelson will continue his never-ending life on the road making when he and his Family Band perform select concert dates in November and December. Tickets for select shows on his fall North American run are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking here.