Sasketchewanian troubadour Colter Wall has released a misty new single entitled “Cowpoke.” The track was written by obscure country legend Stan Jones and recorded by Elton Britt in 1951. Wall’s interpretation, first released as a live performance in 2019, is the second teaser from his forthcoming album Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs, arriving late next month. Known for his rustic baritone voice and sparse bucolic soundscapes, Wall stays faithful to his signature style on the cover, which lends a modern touch to Britt’s ghostly yodel. Instrumentally, Patrick Lyons’ dreamy pedal steel licks and a waning harp add to the song’s romantic portrait of a cowboy on the move. In comparison to his previous album, 2018’s minimalist folk and western homage Songs of the Plains, Wall’s new record figures to showcase a more full-bodied sound, a move that will surely satisfy both purists and the new school.
Stream Colter Wall’s new song “Cowpoke” below and listen to Western Swing & Waltzes and Other Punchy Songs out everywhere August 28th.