Country legend Tanya Tucker would be the first to admit she knows a little about life on the edge. Her rebellious spirit and classic, raspy honky-tonk vocals add an extra layer of hillbilly grit and grime to the just-released “Better Hope You Die Young,” the latest from country outlier Leroy Virgil, a/k/a Hellbound Glory.
The just-released tune presents a whiskey-and-fiddle-soaked cautionary tale which maps out the disturbingly rocky road that lies ahead as a result of overindulgence. In the song’s second verse, Tucker stares into a mirror as she sings, “You can live your whole life just like there’s no tomorrow but, baby, it’s a fact/ that all them all-nighters are just time you borrowed; someday you’ll have to pay them back.”
Virgil, who spent a year-and-a-half binging on alcohol and bouncing around
“Better Hope You Die Young” is from Hellbound Glory’s exclusive Pinball (Junkie Edition), which is available now digitally and will be released Saturday, April 21st, for Record Store Day. The LP was produced by Shooter Jennings.