“Are You Ready for the Country?” is a song written by Neil Young and released on his 1972 Harvest album. The track features Young on piano backed by the studio band dubbed The Stray Gators, comprising Jack Nitzsche on slide guitar,Ben Keith on pedal steel guitar,Tim Drummond on bass,and Kenny Buttrey on drums. Backing vocals on the track are by David Crosby and Graham Nash.The recording was made in a studio set up in a barn on Young’s ranch.
The song was released as a single by American country music artist Waylon Jennings in 1976, the second single from the album named after the song, Are You Ready for the Country. The Jennings single reached #7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.
From the album Are You Ready for the Country
B-side “So Good Woman”
Released November 20, 1976
Genre Country rock
Label RCA Nashville
Songwriter(s) Neil Young
Producer(s) Waylon Jennings. Ken Mansfield