By Maxim Mower
Riley Green has revealed his new album, Ain't My Last Rodeo, will be released on October 13. The Alabama native made the announcement during his recent opening set for Morgan Wallen's One Night At A Time tour-stop in Columbus, Ohio.
It's news fans have been keenly awaiting since he dropped his celebrated 2019 debut album, Different ‘Round Here, which spawned his heart-rending hit single, ‘I Wish Grandpas Never Died’.
In the past few years, Green has released a flurry of EPs and singles, including his acclaimed 2020 If It Wasn't For Trucks EP, but Ain't My Last Rodeo will be his first full-length studio album since 2019.
During his Ohio set, Riley Green shared the release date with the packed-out crowd, “If y’all don’t mind, I’m going to give y’all some news. My next album is coming out on October 13th”.
The ‘There Was This Girl’ hitmaker underlined his pride at being able to break the news at long last, “Y’all are the first ones to know. I’m excited about it myself. The album’s called ‘Ain’t My Last Rodeo’. The title-track is one I wrote. If y’all don’t mind, I’ll play y’all a brand new song”.
He then serenaded the audience with ‘My Last Rodeo’, which he's played a few times live and was inspired by his grandpa. Before debuting the track at Rock the South 2023 last month, Green outlined, “I wrote this song about my granddaddy. Before he passed away this lyric was in my head, and it was him telling me at the hospital, ‘This ain’t my last rodeo’. It stuck with me for a long time”.
It's a heart-rending ode to his papaw in the mould of previously released tracks such as ‘Hell Of A Way To Go’, ‘Numbers On The Cars’, ‘I Wish Grandpas Never Died’ and ‘Behind The Times’.
Endearingly, his relationship with his two late grandpas remains a powerful muse for Riley Green, and we can hopefully look forward to another song or two inspired by them on Ain't My Last Rodeo.
The revelation that a new record will be arriving this Fall follows the release of Riley Green's new single, ’Mississippi Or Me’, with fans hoping the man warmly known as ‘Duckman’ will be dropping the album's title-track ahead of the October release date.
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