Tami Neilson and Willie Nelson meditate on heavy losses of their new duet “Past the Stars,” launched alongside a video on Wednesday. The music will seem on the Canada-born, New Zealand-based Neilson’s upcoming album Kingmaker.
“Past the Stars” is a mournful ballad in 3/4 time and it takes an in depth take a look at the grief introduced on by a liked one’s demise. Neilson wrote the music after the 2015 lack of her father and, whereas Nelson acts as her father’s voice in his verse, it takes on an additional poignancy coming so quickly after the demise of his sister and bandmate Bobbie Nelson. “Past the celebs I can hear the guitars, they’re calling me as much as be with you,” they sing, as Nelson provides a few of his signature guitar fills.
“Having Willie be the voice of my father on this duet is simply one thing past my wildest goals,” Neilson mentioned in an announcement. “I cried for 3 days after it was recorded, listening to it and excited about how completely overwhelmed and proud my Dad, a musician and an enormous Willie Nelson fan, would have been.”
Within the video for “Past the Stars,” directed by Neilson’s brother Todd, the singer is in a brilliant yellow costume with a crown product of taking pictures stars. She roams the grounds of Nelson’s Luck Ranch, the place she received to sing with the nation legend in March, first showing within the property’s chapel then strolling down its dusty road to an empty stage. A number of the footage from their Luck Reunion efficiency can be spliced into the clip. The video closes with a dedication to Ron Neilson, Bobbie Nelson, and John Davidson, the late father of Neilson’s co-writer Delaney Davidson.
Kingmaker, the follow-up to Neilson’s 2020 album Chickaboom, might be launched July 15 by way of Outdoors Music.