Kacey Musgraves groups up with Zac Brown Band to create a heart-breaking cover of John Prine’s “All the Best.” The last track on the group’s forthcoming ‘Welcome Home’ album, “All the Best” makes its debut today, three weeks prior to the rest of the album’s launch date.
“I’m stripped down and naked on a fence for this album,” ZBB told Rolling Stone earlier this year. “It’s as honest and personal as it can be. It’s about my life, the people in my life, my history and where I’m going.”
Heavy on vocals with light instrumental, “Welcome Home’s’ modified version of “All The Best” feels less like one solitary guy’s depression and more like a communal outcry of grief and loneliness, with three singers – Musgraves, Brown and John Driskell Hopkins – leaning on one another for musical and emotional support. If it loses a bit of Prine’s pissed-off force in the original, ZBB and Musgraves give the song a longing loveliness.
Driven forth by acoustic guitar and a barely audible percussive pulse, “All The Best” sets the stage for ‘Welcome Home’. The band worked focusing not on the wide, genre-bound allure of their recent work, but the soul, seashore and country twang – that was found in their first couple hits. ‘Welcome Home’ will be released May 12th.