Ernest, 49 Winchester release Willie Nelson Spotify Singles duet

Two of country’s hottest act join forces for “Night Life” cover

For the very first time, country trailblazer Ernest and Appalachian country soul group 49 Winchester are joining forces, combining their individually distinguished sounds for the latest installment of Spotify’s Spotify Singles. Both genre innovators in their own right, together the two hot-rising acts continue pushing themselves outside the box with their collective take on Willie Nelson’s legendary hit, “Night Life.”

“Sometimes it feels good to get outside of the box and collaborate – that’s what this town foundationally is built on,” Ernest says. “Working with the guys from 49 Winchester on this single was a great experience top to bottom, I’m glad we were able to hop in the studio together. I’m a big Willie fan and loved getting to do something that’s a little different from what I normally do in the studio.”

“We were super excited to record a Spotify Session and had a lot of fun in the studio with this cover,” 49 Winchester adds. “We took inspiration from several different versions, including the George Jones/Waylon Jennings duet and The Highwaymen live album. Always glad to tip our hat towards Willie Nelson, who wrote the tune, and really showcase every member of the band. From the rhythm section holding it down, to the accents of the pedal steel, Tim on the piano & organ, Isaac trading guitar licks with Bus and vocal lines with Ernest, it was a blast to make and we hope people have just as much fun listening.”

The latest participants in the esteemed program, Ernest and 49 Winchester join more than 300 artists across all genres to have the opportunity to record a new version of a song of their choosing. Putting their spin on the iconic 1960 Nelson original, the 2023 Spotify Hot Country Artists To Watch add their fresh styling of the tune to the list of legends who have shared their take of the timeless track including Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Dottie West, and more.

Buddy Iahn
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