Corb Lund Returns With ‘El Viejo’ February 23, 2024, Releases ‘Redneck Rehab’

 Canadian Tour With 49 Winchester, Initial US Dates, And European Tour With The Dead South Announced

Credit: Noah Fallis 

NASHVILLE, TN. / LONDON, U.K. – (12 January, 2024) – Corb Lund will return with El Viejo on February 23, 2024 via New West Records and has today shared ‘Redneck Rehab‘. The 11-track set was produced by Lund and recorded entirely in his living room in Lethbridge, AB with his band The Hurtin’ Albertans. El Viejo is Lund’s first album of original material since 2020’s critically acclaimed Agricultural Tragic, which was named an album of the year by the readers of No Depression. Gathering around his living room, Lund & Co. tapped into his most cherished musical influences of acoustic tone and lyrical aptitude — Marty Robbins, Kris Kristofferson, Bobbie Gentry, Jerry Reed. There is a common theme — possibly even a character thread — of the gambler, the outlaw who roams from place-to-place with no direction home. Already met with critical acclaim, Uncut Magazine awarded El Viejo an 8/10 rating as their “Americana Album of the Month.”

“It’s a lot of minor keys and gambling songs, is what it is,” Lund says in a matter-of-fact tone. “It was just a few of us in my house. No studio. No outside producer. No adults in the room. No stress.” He continues, “There’s not a single electric instrument on the whole thing, just acoustic sounds and singing. In terms of having a vision, this is a record I’ve had in my sights for a while and it came out exactly how I’d hoped. We cut all the songs live in the same room with lots of bleed. A bunch of the songs we captured in one take, first time through.” 

El Viejo pays tribute to Lund’s late friend and mentor, the famed Canadian singer-songwriter Ian Tyson, who passed away December 29, 2022. With the album, he has also created an ode to the notion of stripping everything down and letting the tape roll — simply capturing a moment of pure vulnerability and organic inspiration in real time.

Taste of Country premiered the album highlight ‘Redneck Rehab’, yesterday and the song is available across streaming platforms today. Lund says the song “is a dangerous new tune I wrote with my good friend Jaida Dryer. She always has good ideas. It’s about getting way too far off the centerline in the horse business and having to sort yourself out on the cheap.” 


Lund also previously shared the must-see video for the album’s closing track ‘Old Familiar Drunken Feeling‘. Filmed partially on a cannabis farm, the video depicts an all too accurate account of Lund being way too high on an edible before a show many years ago. He says, “It was all totally above board, the state had just legalized it, so it was kind of a novelty field trip for the band to visit the shiny new dispensary. Some songs are ‘based on truth’ but this happened EXACTLY as I sing it. Turns out weed ain’t my thing. And eating it’s even worse, it lasts forever. Fronting a band can occasionally be terrifying at the best of times, doing it high as a kite and super paranoid was hell on earth. When I started feeling like myself again in the second set after a bunch of cowboy whiskey, I confessed to the audience what had happened and offered them all their money back! No one took me up on it. Bottom line? If this doesn’t get me a Pendleton whisky endorsement, I don’t know what will.” He also previously shared the album track ‘Out On a Win‘ late last year as well.

Prior to launching his Canadian tour in support of El Viejo (with New West labelmates 49 Winchester as support), Lund will appear at the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco on Sunday, January 28th alongside Nathaniel Ratefliff, Jackson Browne, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and more. Presented by the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, the evening will be a tribute to the legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Lund will also make his Carnegie Hall debut in New York City on March 22 alongside Ramblin’ Jack Elliott &  more as a part of “Roll On, Cowboys with Andy Hedges & Friends” presented by the National Ranching Heritage Center. He has also announced his initial US headline dates as well as European tour dates supporting the Dead South as well. Please see tour dates (with more to be announced) below.

Much like his music, Lund is decidedly hard to define. The western Canadian singer-songwriter is an elusive artist — onstage, offstage, and in the studio — seamlessly weaving between the outlaw country, Western, and indie-folk realms with an honest curiosity and rowdy devotion to each. He was raised with the tried and true DIY sentiment of “if you want something done, you gotta do it yourself” launching his career recording in his basement, printing his own shirts, booking his own tours, being his own manager and publicist… whatever it took to get it done. He toured for years with the indie-metal band the smalls, and later turned his sights to writing Western songs, creating a unique and quirky hybrid writing style along the way. He has received multiple CCMA, JUNO, and international award nominations and wins. In 2022, Lund won his 14th career Canadian Country Music Award and made his debut at the historic Grand Ole Opry earlier in the year as well. A rural Albertan hailing from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with a long family lineage of ranchers and rodeo people, Lund is about as authentic as they come.

Corb Lund’s El Viejo will be available across digital retailers, on compact disc, and standard black vinyl. A limited Black & White Splatter Vinyl edition including a Corb Lund autographed postcard, as well as an autographed compact disc edition, will be at Independent Retailers and is available for pre-order NOW via NEW WEST RECORDS.

Corb Lund El Viejo Track Listing:

1. The Cardplayers
2. I Had It All
3. Was Fort Worth Worth It?
4. Out On a Win
5. Redneck Rehab
6. El Viejo (for Ian)
7. When the Game Gets Hot
8. Girl With the Stratocaster
9. It Takes Practice
10. Insha’Allah
11. Old Familiar Drunken Feeling

Corb Lund’s UK/European Tour Dates:

28 May, 2024 – Amsterdam, NL – Tolhuistuin Zonzij
29 May, 2024 – Groningen, NL – Der Aa- Theater
30 May, 2024 – Hamburg, DE – Sporthalle Hamburg*
1 June, 2024 – Berlin, DE – Zitadelle Spandau*
2 June, 2024 – Leipzig, DE – Clara-Zetkin Park*
4 June, 2024 – Praha, CZ – Žluté lázně*
5 June, 2024 – Bratislava, SK – STARS auditorium*
6 June, 2024 – Budapest, Hungary – Budapest Park*
8 June, 2024 – Linz, Austria- Posthof*
9 June, 2024 – Stuttgart, DE – Wagenhallen Stuttgart*
11 June, 2024 – Archdioces Cologne, DE – Palladium*
12 June, 2024 – Wiesbaden, DE – Kulturzentrum Schlachthof*
13 June, 2024 – Munich, DE – Zenith*
18 June, 2024 – Paris, FR – Salle Pleyel*
19 June, 2024 – London, UK – Lower Third

(*w/ The Dead South)