Billy Ray Cyrus released his star-studded new album Thin Line a few short weeks ago. His fourteenth studio album features collaborations with some of music's most storied musicians. Those include Bryan Adams, Shooter Jennings, Joe Perry and Lee Roy Parnell. And yes, his kids Braison and Miley, too.
The album features some of Cyrus' most reflective work yet. That's front and center on the title track, "Thin Line."
Shot entirely on Cyrus' property outside of Nashville, the video features Cyrus seeing "ghosts" of sorts. He ponders over one of his most prized possessions, a letter from Johnny Cash. The video features snippets of that letter. In full, it reads:
Thirty-six years ago I was working with Elvis and saw him take the same kind of flak you're taking now. Congratulations on the way you're handling it all. In your case, as in Elvis', the good outweighs the bad. Let 'em have it. I'm in your corner." - Johnny Cash
References to Elvis and fame abound.
Cyrus is a good actor with plenty of experience in his own right, but he really sells the whole video. In fact, it feels a lot like Johnny Cash's soul-shattering video for "Hurt," which he released just prior to his death.
That's high praise. And to top it off, Cyrus wrote "Thin Line" in its entirety, all by himself. It's a personal song that matters to him, and the video shows it.
The song also features plenty of soulful delivery from Shelby Lynne. She adds her Grammy-winning touch, which really fills the spaces in the track.
So far, Billy Ray Cyrus doesn't have any tour dates on the books. He's been pretty busy with the new CMT show Still The King, which has been renewed for a second season.