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In 1976 Waylon Jennings reunited with Ken Mansfield, the producer who oversaw Honky Tonk Heroes. Mansfield understood Waylon’s strengths and for Are You Ready For the Country he crafted a sound that was as gentle and rich as its author’s voice. The title track is a cover of a tune from Neil Young’s Harvest. Though the refrain is delivered with some irony — Jennings had been singing country for almost twenty years at this point — much of the album borrows from the tonal palette of Harvest. “Them Old Love Songs,” “So Good Woman” and “A Couple More Years” are wistful and slightly brooding, with snare drums like heartbeats and pedal-steel flourishes that roll off the track like tears. Beyond the brilliant title song, three cover versions show Jennings ability as a master interpreter. “Can’t You See” is a proud repossession of Marshall Tucker’s Southern rock anthem, while “MacArthur Park” brings out the shadow and velvet in Jimmy Webb’s epic. However, it is Waylon’s reading of the gospel standard “Precious Memories” that stands above all and closes the album with grace.

Customer Reviews


Waylon is the greatest singer!!

Are you ready for the country? By Waylon Jennings.

My husband and I were listening to this album when we first started dating. He died in November of 2011. I'm so glad to have found it. We had the eight track. I absolutely adore this almost as much as I do him!

Thanks for the great times Waylon, Willie and the boys!

Great Album cover to cover

One of the best Waylon albums


Born: June 15, 1937 in Littlefield, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

If any one performer personified the outlaw country movement of the '70s, it was Waylon Jennings. Though he had been a professional musician since the late '50s, it wasn't until the '70s that Waylon, with his imposing baritone and stripped-down, updated honky tonk, became a superstar. Jennings rejected the conventions of Nashville, refusing to record with the industry's legions of studio musicians and insisting that his music never resemble the string-laden, pop-inflected sounds that were coming...
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