Beyoncé Drops The Track List For ‘Cowboy Carter,’ Hints At Collaborations With Dolly Parton And Willie Nelson

The project will include a whopping 27 tracks.


Madeleine O’Connell

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March 27, 2024

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Beyonce; Photos via Instagram

Beyoncé reveals her new album, Act II: Cowboy Carter, could feature collaborations with a few country music icons. 

With her highly-anticipated collection dropping March 29, the genre-bending artist took to Instagram to share what appears to be the track list in the form of a rodeo-style poster. 

27-Song Track List

The graphic includes previously released songs like “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages” as well as a slew of never-before-seen titles such as “Blackbiird,” “Protector,” “Ameriican Requiem,” “Bodyguard,” “Daughter,” “Spaghettii,” “Smoke Hour II,” “Just for Fun,” “II Most Wanted,” “Levii’s Jeans,” “Flamenco,” “Ya Ya,” “Oh Louisiana,” “Desert Eagle,” “Riiverdance,” “Tyrant,” “II Hands II Heaven,” “Sweet Honey Buckin’,” “Alliigator Tears,” and “Amen.”

There are several stand-out names that are listed on the poster, like “Dolly P” for Dolly Parton, who previously hinted during an interview with Knox News that she believed Beyoncé had recorded a cover of her iconic song, “Jolene.” The rumors appear to be true as the well-known track does in fact appear on the poster. 

Tributes Linda Martell

Additionally, Beyoncé tips her hat to Linda Martell, another well-known female artist who is known for being the first Black country artist to perform solo at the Grand Ole Opry. She may also be teasing a collaboration Willie Nelson, whose name is written out underneath the words “Smoke Hour,” which appears again elsewhere on the poster as “Smoke Hour II.”

In a previous post, the “Crazy In Love” singer teased that the project will offer “a few surprises” including some collaborations with “brilliant” artists who she “deeply respects.” However, it’s unclear if “Dolly P” or “Smoke Hour Willie Nelson” will actually be featured on the record. 

Photo Courtesy Beyoncé, Cowboy Carter
Photo Courtesy Beyoncé, Cowboy Carter

Fans first got a look into the album through the first two releases, “Texas Hold ‘Em” and “16 Carriages.” Both songs made waves upon their debut to country radio. On Feb 13, “Texas Hold ‘Em” landed at No. 1 and “16 Carriages” placed at No. 9 on the Hot Country Songs chart. Billboard reported that the pop/R&B/hop-hop superstar’s entrance at the top of the chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em,” makes her the first Black female artist to claim the No. 1 spot. 

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to all of the supporters of ‘TEXAS HOLD ‘EM’ and ‘16 CARRIAGES,’” she wrote on Instagram. “I feel honored to be the first Black woman with the number one single on the Hot Country Songs chart. That would not have happened without the outpouring of support from each and every one of you. My hope is that years from now, the mention of an artist’s race, as it relates to releasing genres of music, will be irrelevant.”

Cowboy Carter is confirmed to be a follow-up to her Renaissance album, which dropped in 2022 as part one of what is expected to be “three-act project.”

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“I hope that you can hear my heart and soul, and all the love and passion that I poured into every detail and every sound,” Beyoncé shared while reflecting on the new album. “I focused on this album as a continuation of RENAISSANCE…I hope this music is an experience, creating another journey where you can close your eyes, start from the beginning and never stop.”

A Beyoncé Album

It’s also important to note that Beyoncé has admitted she does NOT consider Act II: Cowboy Carter to be a solely country-centered album. Instead, she simply dubs it a “Beyoncé album.”

The full-length collection, Act II: Cowboy Carter, will officially be available on March 29. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.