on Wednesday shared the second single from his forthcoming album Last Man Standing. The song, titled “Me and You,” follows the album’s self-titled first single, which you can listen to below.
The honky-tonk tempo heard in the first single is replaced in “Me and You” by a more outlaw-country twang. Nelson’s lyrics address social and issues problems the artist sees in his everyday life, suggesting that the musician finds comfort in an unnamed confidante while the world crashes around him.
Buddy Cannon, a longtime friend, producer and collaborator of Nelson’s, can be seen in the beginning of the single’s music video, telling Nelson: “You’ve got a lot of singing to do.” The pair have been collaborating on albums since 2008, with Cannon helming over a dozen of Nelson’s albums, including his most recent work,God’s Problem Child, which debuted at number one on the country charts, as well as his forthcoming album, Last Man Standing, which is set to release on April 27 (two days before the country musician’s 85th birthday).
Nelson will soon embark on his third-annual Outlaw Festival Tour. After dealing with some health issues earlier this year that postponed his plans to tour, the artist has now recovered, and will perform on the same stages as Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and the Heart, Alison Krauss, JD McPherson, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Wild Feathers and many others during North America’s biggest touring festival.
Check out the single and accompanying video to “Me and You” below, plus a 1999 Nelson performance from the Paste Cloud. You can preorder Last Man Standing ahead of its April 27 release here and revisit our list of the 10 best Willie Nelson songs right here.