Tougher Than Leather (Willie Nelson album)

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Tougher Than Leather
Studio album by Willie Nelson
Released 1983
Genre Country
Length 33:40
Label Columbia
Producer Willie Nelson, Bee Spears
Willie Nelson chronology
Always on My Mind
Tougher Than Leather
Without a Song

Tougher Than Leather is a 1983 album by country singer Willie Nelson. It was his first album of original material since Red Headed Stranger eight years before.[1][2]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Crispin Sartwell of Record panned the album, calling it "country music in name only." He elaborated that whereas Nelson's earlier songs were honest ballads about concrete situations which listeners could relate to, Tougher Than Leather is built around high-handed philosophical preaching. He also criticized the lack of variety in the music, describing it as "utterly bland and homogeneous."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Willie Nelson, except where indicated

  1. "My Love for the Rose" - 0:37
  2. "Changing Skies" - 3:03
  3. "Tougher Than Leather" - 4:53
  4. "Little Old Fashioned Karma" - 3:18
  5. "Somewhere in Texas (Part I)" - 0:53
  6. "The Beer Barrel Polka" (Traditional, arranged and played by Bobbie Nelson) - 2:43
  7. "Summer of Roses" - 3:12
  8. "Somewhere in Texas (Part II)" - 0:55
  9. "My Love for the Rose" - 0:37
  10. "The Convict and the Rose" (Robert King, Ballard MacDonald) - 3:52
  11. "Changing Skies" - 0:54
  12. "I Am the Forest" - 4:17
  13. "Nobody Slides, My Friend" - 1:39


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1983) Peak position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 4
U.S. Billboard 200 39
Canadian RPM Top Albums 48


  1. ^ a b Tougher Than Leather at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Sartwell, Crispen (June 1983). "Tougher Than Leather review". Record. 2 (8): 24–25.