Those country music fans who are shrouded in black and bemoan the passing of “country music,” might not have been paying attention to the groundswell of young artists like Jon Pardi, Ashley McBryde, Luke Combs, Brandy Clark and Midland. But it isn’t just the newbies that are bringing country back. Blake Shelton has teamed up with the legendary John Anderson for a groove that feels so good, it’ll have you dragging out your prairie skirts, Mo Betta shirts, and retro Wranglers — “Tuesday I’ll Be Gone.”
Brimming with fiddle, steel, harmonica, a soaring lead guitar and that kick-rim drum combo that nearly defined the era, producer Dan Auerbach created a music bed that doesn’t carry the vocal, but cradles and enhances it. The arrangement is simultaneously fresh and original, while also feeling retro and familiar in leads that are dotted sparingly throughout. The results are a piece of music that feels reflective, rich, smooth and dripping with honeyed goodness.
It takes a special type of mellowness to blend with John’s unique vocal timbre, and Blake produced that with mindfulness and respect. In typical fashion, he stood almost reverently while his friend and tour partner took the lead. He then wrapped warmth and harmony around each shared note. And while many have tired of the use of the word “authenticity” in describing music, it’s difficult to find a word that exemplifies “Tuesday I’ll Be Gone” more accurately.
Ticketholders for Blake’s Friends and Heroes Tour this year will likely…hopefully…get to hear a live version of “Tuesday I’ll Be Gone,” but the recording is also available on John’s upcoming album,Years, set to drop this spring.