Mendocino County Line

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"Mendocino County Line"
Single by Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack
from the album The Great Divide
B-side "Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me)"[1]
Released January 21, 2002
Format CD Single
Genre Country
Length 4:32
Label Lost Highway
Writer(s) Matt Serletic
Bernie Taupin
Producer(s) Matt Serletic
Willie Nelson chronology
"I Never Cared For You"
(1998)
"Mendocino County Line"
(2002)
"Maria (Shut Up and Kiss Me)"
(2002)

"Mendocino County Line" is a song written by Matt Serletic and Bernie Taupin, and recorded as a duet by American country music artists Willie Nelson and Lee Ann Womack. It was released in January 2002 as the lead-off single from Nelson's album The Great Divide. It was a Top 40 hit on the U.S. country chart, peaking at number 22. It was Nelson's first Top 40 hit on that chart since "Ain't Necessarily So" in 1990.[1] It won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration.

Content[edit]

The song is a ballad about a love that couldn't last. The song references Mendocino County, California.

Critical reception[edit]

Deborah Evans Price, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, saying that when Womack sings the chorus, "there's a tender, almost epic feeling to her heartache." Regarding Nelson, she states that he "imbues each line with the kind of emotional integrity that has become his trademark." She concludes her review by calling the song "absolutely magical."[2] Mario Tarradel of The Dallas Morning News described the song and wrote, "They do sound good together; their voices complement each other like leather softened by lace."[3]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Mark Seliger.

Chart performance[edit]

"Mendocino County Line" debuted at number 53 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of January 26, 2002.

Chart (2002) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 22
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100[5] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 294–296. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ Billboard, February 16, 2002
  3. ^ Tarradel, Mario. The Dallas Morning News Womack is going places, but she has packed carefully (July 28, 2002)
  4. ^ "Willie Nelson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Willie Nelson.
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 473. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.