Ever since the Netflix series The Ranch debuted on April 1st, 2016, folks have wanted to get their hands on a copy of the new version of “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” which finds Shooter Jennings and Lukas Nelson getting together to recreate the magic of their famous fathers. Originally written and performed by Ed Bruce with his wife Patsy, and performed by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, all fans got was a snippet of the new studio version in the introduction for the show, until now.
The Ranch series is coming to a close after the eighth part gets released by Netflix on January 24th, and to celebrate the final season, Curb Records is releasing a 12-song “soundtrack” for the show, featuring some of the big songs that appeared during the show from artists signed to Curb such as Mo Pitney, Lee Brice, and Wynonna and the Big Noise. It also finally includes the new version of “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” (listen below).
Whatever you thought about the show itself, The Ranch resulted in some serious mailbox money for many cool artists, including Corb Lund, the Turnpike Troubadours, American Aquarium, Brandi Carlile, John Moreland, Whitney Rose, Sam Outlaw, the Cactus Blossoms, and many more whose music was featured in the series, and some multiple times. Country legends like Merle Haggard and Dwight Yoakam were also featured in the soundtrack, and there was commonly jokes and other dialogue that talked about country music directly in the series.
The music supervisor for The Ranch is Frankie Pine, who was also the music supervisor for ABC’s big country music drama Nashville. Similarly, Nashville won praise for not just selecting songs from mainstream artists, but digging a little deeper to find the right song for the right moment.
The Ranch (A Netflix Original Series Official Soundtrack) will be available January 24th, 2020, with a limited-edition vinyl version available February 14th.