Top Country Albums of 2017 (So Far) Willie Nelson: “God’s Problem Child”

by: Jake Harris

It’s almost the end of June, which means we’re halfway through 2017. And as time continues apace, so does the release of country music records. There have been a lot of releases so far this year, but since we’re nearing 2017’s midpoint, it’s time to take stock of what country music has brought us.

I started this tradition last year, with a power ranking of the best country albums of the first six months of 2016, continuing the list at the end of the year with more conclusive thoughts.

This year, I started off with a list of the albums I was looking forward to the most in 2017. Most of the albums on that list are below. Some didn’t live up to the hype.

However, all of the albums below are proof that good country music does still exist. You’re just not likely to find it on the radio.

As with last year, keep in mind that this list isn’t conclusive and only includes albums I’ve actually listened to. If you think I missed anything, let me know here, through email at, or on Twitter @jakeharris4.




#4. “God’s Problem Child,” Willie Nelson

Willie’s 84 years old, but that don’t mean s—. He can still play with the best of them, and his songwriting skills on display here are the best they’ve ever been.

“God’s Problem Child” finds him contemplating his own mortality, in ways both youthful (“Still Not Dead”) and wise (“Old Timer”). From start to finish, it’s fantastic.

Read our review: Willie Nelson’s new album proves how musically sharp he remains at 84

Favorite Song: “Still Not Dead” cribs Mark Twain’s quip about exaggerated rumors of demise and faces all of those Internet hoaxes about his age head-on.

(Read about all his top ten picks here.)


1. Little House On The Hill (Lyndel Rhodes)
2. Old Timer (Donnie Fritz / Lenny LeBlanc)
3. True Love (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
4. Delete And Fast Forward (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
5. A Woman’s Love (Mike Reid / Sam Hunter)
6. Your Memory Has A Mind Of Its Own (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
7. Butterfly (Sonny Throckmorton / Mark Sherrill)
8. Still Not Dead (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
9. God’s Problem Child (Jamey Johnson / Tony Joe White)
10. It Gets Easier (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
11. Lady Luck (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
12. I Made A Mistake (Willie Nelson / Buddy Cannon)
13. He Won’t Ever Be Gone (Gary Nicholson)


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