Willie Nelson Puts His Own Spin On “Tiger By The Tail” By Buck Owens

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Willie Nelson has put his own spin on Buck Owens and his Buckaroos’ classic 1964 hit, “Tiger by the Tail.” The upbeat number features Nelson’s signature vocal delivery over vibrant pedal steel and bass lines, and thumping drumbeats. “Tiger by the Tail” is the latest preview of Nelson’s upcoming 73rd album, I Don’t Know a Thing About Love, which serves as the “On the Road Again” singer’s tribute to Harlan Howard, a prolific songwriter and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Harlan Howard famously coined the description of country music as “three chords and the truth.” Over the span of his multi-decade career, the late tunesmith wrote timeless songs recorded by icons like Patsy Cline, Reba McEntire, the Judds, Ray Price, and Barbara Mandrell. Nelson’s I Don’t Know a Thing About Love pays tribute to Howard’s remarkable contributions to the country music genre.

Willie Nelson is a living legend, with a multi-decade career spanning over 70 albums. Most recently, he won two Grammy Awards, one for Best Country Album for his latest album A Beautiful Time, and another for Best Country Solo Performance for “Live Forever” from the LP, Live Forever: a Tribute to Billy Joe Shaver.

On April 29 and April 30, Nelson will celebrate his 90th birthday with a special concert titled Long Story Short: Willie Nelson 90. Held at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, the star-studded lineup will feature over 35 superstar acts, including Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, the Chicks, Sheryl Crow, and Snoop Dogg. It is bound to be an unforgettable celebration for the country music icon.

Listen to the song below: