Chris Stapleton recorded a new song, “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy,” for the soundtrack to Toy Story 4, which will be available on June 21 when the film opens nationwide.
Penned by Randy Newman, the new tune was written from the perspective of Woody, the pull-string cowboy voiced by Tom Hanks.
“Woody feels like he was a lonesome cowboy until someone comes along and changes his world,” says Randy. “Chris Stapleton did a great job on this song.”
“To me, what has made the Toy Story films hold up over time has been the strength of the stories and the songs and the writing and the characters,” adds Chris. “There’s something for people of all ages to enjoy in the world that is Toy Story. It’s a tremendous honor to get to sing a Randy Newman song in what is without question one of the most iconic animated franchises in history.”
Listen to “The Ballad of the Lonesome Cowboy” below.