It Doesn’t Get Much Better Than Colter Wall Covering Billy Joe Shaver’s “Ride Me Down Easy” On A Vintage Guitar Back In 2018

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Something about Colter Wall with a vintage acoustic.

This is one of my all-time favorite videos from the archives. Back in 2018, Colter stopped by the Chicago Music Exchange to check out some of their vintage guitars and, of course, take one for a spin.

The Exchange’s crew fired up the cameras to capture the magic for fans to enjoy later.

Colter Wall picks the perfect song to cover, “Ride Me Down Easy” by Billy Joe Shaver. It highlights the acoustic’s unique sound while letting Wall show off his vocal ability in the same breath.

Shaver recorded this song in 1976, which has deep roots in classic country sound. With steel guitar riffs and long-drawn-out twangs, Shaver lets each word sink it. Many artists have covered the song since its release, including David Allan Coe, Ryan Bingham & Nikki Lane, and Lee Ann Womack.

Wall’s version is my favorite out of all the phenomenal covers put out to date.

His deep baritone voice lets each word pack a punch as he delivers it. The chorus is so smooth; I could listen to it repeatedly.

“Ride me down easy, Lord, ride me on down
Leave word in the dust where I lay
Say I’m easy to come, easy to go
I’m easy to love when I stay.”

Colter Wall unplugged always packs a punch, and this performance does just that.

Colter is right around the corner of releasing a new album, Little Songs. If you haven’t checked out his latest single, Corralling The Blues,” check it out below.


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