Most commentators and critics would place 49 Winchester and Ernest at two distinct ends of the country music spectrum, making this unique collaboration all the more fascinating.
Despite leaning into a 90s-inspired, neo-traditional sound on his latest deluxe project, Flower Shops (The Album): Two Dozen Roses, Ernest tends to draw a more mainstream country listenership, and often experiments with hip hop and trap instrumentals, such as on his Morgan Wallen collaboration, ‘Cowgirls’.
49 Winchester, on the other hand, have zeroed in on a more alt-country, Appalachian sound that thrives in its role on the outer fringes of the style of music generally coming out of Music Row.
Despite this apparent disparity, the new collaboration is a slick, seamless duet that captures the swagger and playfulness of the bluesy original, while still offering a fresh, modern twist.
‘Night Life’ was penned by Willie alongside Paul Buskirk and Walt Breeland, but was recorded by an array of musical titans, including George Jones, Aretha Franklin, The Highwaymen and B. B. King.
The new version of the song has been released exclusively as part of the hugely popular Spotify Singles series.
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