Willie’s done it again.

Willie Nelson closes out his Fourth of July Picnic at Austin360 Amphitheater on July 4, 2016. Photo by Erika Rich for American-Statesman

He recently recorded a new song called “Little House on the Hill.” There’s something special about this track, though — it was written by Lyndel Rhodes, a 92-year-old “gospel harmonica” musician.

According to Rhodes’ son, Nashville songwriter and record producer Buddy Cannon, his mother wrote the song several years ago, and Cannon decided Willie Nelson would love the song (after all, Nelson has reportedly been a fan of Rhodes’ work for a while). So Cannon recorded it and sent it to Nelson, who responded, “I love it. Let’s cut it.” So he did.

A video of Rhodes’ infectious joy at hearing the legendary country artist sing her song has since gone viral, and it even captured the attention of Willie himself.

Rhodes can’t stop smiling throughout the entirety of the video, giggling when she admits that “Mr. Willie Nelson” is the one singing the song. Cannon asks her to sing along, but she points at her throat and says, “I can’t.” But that doesn’t stop her. She sings along for a few lines of the song, and although time has affected her voice, it’s clear she’s still got music in her soul.


If her grin doesn’t get you, her toe-tapping will. The video pans over to her feet several times, where it’s revealed she’s been dancing along the whole time. We dare you to try to avoid tapping your toes along with her.