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‘God’s Problem Child’ Showcases the Wit and Wisdom Willie Nelson’s Fans Know & Love

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Released on April 28 (the eve of his 84th birthday), Willie Nelson’s latest studio album, “God’s Problem Child,” has entered the Billboard Country chart at number one, making it his second U.S. country chart-topper in under as many years. Django and Jimmie, Nelson’s 6th Legacy release and unforgettable collaboration with friend and artist Merle Haggard, debuted at number one on the same chart in June 2015.

‘God’s Problem Child’ Showcases the Wit and Wisdom Willie Nelson’s Fans Know & Love

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Praised as an essential component to any Willie Nelson fan’s collection, “God’s Problem Child” has been called one of “this spring’s best country albums,” by The Wall Street Journal, and Rolling Stone has said it’s “…a tightly-woven, poignant collection of ruminations on aging and fading faculties that amounts to Nelson’s most moving album in decades.” Here in the Texas Hill Country, fans have raced to purchase tickets to Nelson’s upcoming 4th of July Picnic as well as this latest record, while the Austin American-Statesman reflected in a press release that, “The key is a near perfect balance between Willie as songwriter and as interpreter,” giving a nod to his extensive ability to grow, learn, and expand on his musical talents and wisdom, and translate that into a gift to his fans in the form of this ninth studio offering on the Legacy Records label.

‘God’s Problem Child’ Showcases the Wit and Wisdom Willie Nelson’s Fans Know & Love

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The review that truly expressed both the industry as well as the fan’s perspective was the UK’s Uncut, praising his new song “Still Not Dead” as “one of Willie’s modern masterpieces” and “God’s Problem Child” as “an album that can stand comfortably alongside any of his iconic work…. approaching life and love from angles that can only result from a career spent studying both with a restless sense of wonder. It’s the kind of perspective that most songwriters can only dream of attaining-for Willie Nelson, it’s just another day at the office.” A number of music videos have been prepared off the album, including the song, “Still Not Dead,” poking fun at the various exaggerated reports over the years of his untimely demise, as well as the album’s closer, “He Won’t Ever Be Gone,” paying tribute to Willie’s outlaw country comrade, Merle Haggard. Reflecting on mortality while marveling at both the beauty and absurdity of it all, “God’s Problem Child” sees Nelson at a creative peak in his career, continuing to write and sing with the wit and wisdom that can only come from the kind of life he’s living. Look for this latest album in stores or online, and catch him at one of his upcoming live shows – perhaps right here in the Texas Hill Country!

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