Willie Nelson Releases Video for ‘We Are The Cowboys’

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Premiering on June 19, 2020, the official music video for “We Are The Cowboys,” by Willie Nelson, has been released on his official YouTube channel. It’s presently sitting at more than 57 thousand views. The traditional-style tune released by the country music superstar speaks to the intrinsic idealism around the cowboy in realistic terms. Nelson covered the Billy Joe Shaver song on his upcoming “First Rose of Spring” album.

The lines, “Texicans, Mexicans, black men and Jews” point to the simple fact that cowboys are just everyday people of all walks of life, and if they’re deemed heroes, it’s more due to the fact that they stand for the right side of the issues as opposed to being built from a specific mold.

Video: YouTube/Willie Nelson

The video was filmed at Willie Nelson’s Luck Ranch, just outside of Austin, in the Texas Hill Country. His son Micah Nelson did the artistic work, capturing his dad as he walked the property and took care of his horses. Within the mix, it features cameos of Gene Autry and Roy Rogers (the singer’s own cowboy heroes) in cardboard cut-out form. This is the second time that Nelson has recorded a version of “We Are the Cowboys.” On the album “Honky Tonk Heroes,” compiled with Kris Kristofferson, Billy Joe Shaver, and Waylon Jennings in 2000, a true country celebrity version was captured. Reminiscent of “The Highwaymen,” the album also featured these icons on such Shaver songs as “You Asked Me To,” “Oklahoma Wind,” and “Tramp on Your Street.”

The “First Rose of Spring” by Willie Nelson is his 70th studio album. It was originally due for release in April, designed to coincide with his 87th birthday, however, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it was delayed until July 3, 2020. What do you think of the video?