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The Essential Waylon Jennings

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Waylon Jennings underwent one of country music’s most remarkable evolutions from the ‘60s to the ‘70s, and you can track the gradual mutations here. His gravitas-laden baritone lays into a fluid but carefully crafted mix of folk, country, and rock on early tunes such as Gordon Lightfoot’s “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin’ Me.” But later he invents the outlaw style as we know it right before our ears, with iconoclastic cuts such as “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way” bringing raw, rock ‘n’ roll energy to roadhouse sounds.

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The Essential Waylon Jennings

If you like that good ol country than this is it. This is not some pop country album. This album has the songs of homegrown honky tonking country

REAL Country

If you like some good ol' fashion country pick this up. Waylon does it right.

Waylon is Great on this CD

Waylon is a real country singer with the outlaw persona to make you moan. Hs guitar and back up band, The Waymores, with Ralph Mooney on steel are awesome. Only thing that would make it better would be a live performance.


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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