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Kings of Leon's 'Reverend': Band honors country singer Blaze Foley in new song

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Jimmy Marble

Kings of Leon shared another cut off their upcoming, seventh LP, Walls. Thursday, the group released the fiery “Reverend.”

The song’s title might lead fans to assume the tune is autobiographical — Caleb, Nathan, and Jared spent their childhood in the back of the family van as their father covered the Southeast preaching — frontman Caleb found inspiration elsewhere. Instead, he was ruminating on the life of Blaze Foley, a country singer who, after living a tragic life, died by gunshot at 39 years old in 1989.

“He was a troubled guy with a really beautiful voice,” the singer tells EW of the Foley’s draw. “When he sang, it felt like he was talking to you. You wanted to hear what he had to say.” 

“Reverend” is streaming below. Walls is due for release Oct. 14. So far the group has also shared “Waste A Moment,” “Around the World,” and the title track. 

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