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Editors’ Notes

This fine album presents material that’s been utterly Waylonized. In 1985, Jennings recorded several songs by the legendary singer/songwriter Hank Williams — Jennings once said he got chills the first time he heard Williams sing “Lonesome Highway” — and two decades later the fruits of those sessions were finally released. (The album also includes three tunes that weren’t penned by the legendary Alabama-born songsmith.) In their original versions, Williams’s high, haunted vocals underscore the often heartbreaking quality of his lyrics. Jennings deep, gruff voice creates an entirely different effect when he tackles these classics: it’s as if we’re getting a peek at what’s beneath the Texas outlaw’s ornery exterior. The band, which includes Jennings mainstay Jerry Bridges, has the classic Waylon sound: sturdy, upfront bass lines, a clear rock influence (including phase-shifted electric guitar), and hints of folk music. The whole album is of a piece — a gripping version of “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” and Jennings’s tough take on “Blues Come Around” are especially compelling. The closing spoken word track, which finds Waylon talking about his life, is a nice wrap-up for this personal project.

Customer Reviews

We still love you, Waylon

If you love Waylon and Hank, this is the best of both. Sing along with every track the first time you hear it... well, not every track, because #13 is Waylon speaking about his childhood in the dust bowl. The Waylon Speaks track just proves that good country artists are incredible writers too. You can feel the lonesome wind in the story Waylon tells. This is a great album. You'll be sorry if you don't buy it all.

Waylon's the man

Their isn't too much music that Mr. Jennings had put out that I didnt like. And this is no different, I have a pretty big collection of his music on CASSETTE. Ironhead Hanes lives...


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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