Orville Peck Signs to Warner Records, Announces Willie Nelson Collaboration

He's teamed up with the legend for his first release on the label: a rendition of Ned Sublette's "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other"

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Apr 1, 2024

Just days after his Victorian ankle-like partial unmasking on Instagram, Orville Peck has more news beyond the fact that he does indeed have cheeks under there: the singer-songwriter has announced his signing to Warner Records and teased a Willie Nelson collaboration.

Previously signed to Columbia, Peck told Billboard that he was ready for a change. "I spent most of last year making several huge changes to all aspects of my life — my career being just one of them. I was ready for a clean start."

He continued, "I was drawn to Warner because of their unique emphasis on their artists. It may seem like it should be the standard but more and more, the music industry invests less and less in artists."

The artist's first release for his new label home is a rendition of "Cowboys Are Frequently Secretly Fond of Each Other" with the legendary Nelson, who previously covered the 1981 Ned Sublette track for his 2009 compilation album, Lost Highway. Peck has also dabbled in putting his spin on the song, having performed it for SiriusXM four years ago and at his Hollywood Bowl concert last year.

Currently billed only as "coming soon," you can pre-save the collab here. After releasing his 2019 debut Pony on Sub Pop, Peck signed to Columbia in 2020 and released the Show Pony EP on the major label ahead of his sophomore full-length, 2022's Bronco.

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