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Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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Waylon Jennings sadly passed away in 2002 following complications from his diabetes. Battling drug addiction until the mid-80s, Jennings was plagued by health issues in later life and died at the age of 64. Despite his personal issues, Jennings had a successful career that hailed the arrival of outlaw country, a subgenre of music that offered a sound steeped in tradition rather than adhering to the more polished country sound of the 60s and 70s.

In 2015 Don Was and Buddy Cannon organised a tribute concert to celebrate the impact and enduring influence of Jennings’ music. Featuring stars such as Chris Stapleton, Lee Ann Womack, Kacey Musgraves and Willie Nelson, Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings was recorded at ACL Live at The Moody Theater in Austin Texas. Almost two years on from that event, it has finally been released as a CD/DVD package.

In a time when the age-old debate about ‘what is country music?’ rages on, it’s timely to revisit the music of Jennings. Outlaw kicks off with Chris Stapleton performing I Ain’t Living Long Like This, which was a number one hit for Jennings in 1979. Stapleton is one of the current crop of country stars that have taken on the outlaw country mantle so it’s fitting that his presence builds the bridge between Jennings and his own music. It’s an uptempo start to a collection of performances that pay touching tribute to Jennings fantastic catalogue of songs.

Over the course of Outlaw, some of Jennings’ past collaborators make appearances. Jessi Colter takes on Mona and Willie Nelson appears throughout, flying solo on the highlight Till I Gain Control Again. Alison Krauss reprises her cover of Dreaming My Dreams With You, which was released in 1999 as part of her album Forget About It. Her emotive performance has the audience whooping and hollering in the middle of the song and it’s a stunning version of the track.

Elsewhere on the release Kacey Musgraves puts her on spin on The Wurlitzer Prize, Bobby Bare impresses on the punchy Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line, and Ryan Bingham rasps his way through Rainy Day Woman. Jennings son Shooter also performs Whistlers and Jugglers early on the set.

The DVD part of the release features the entire evening. It’s a shame that I Can Get Off On You by Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson was omitted from the CD but I’m glad it’s present as part of the DVD. Simpson is another artist, like Stapleton, who is leading the charge when it comes to modern outlaw country music. Extras on the disc include several featurettes, one of which sees the stars from the event talking about the influence of Jennings on their own music and careers.

Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings does exactly what it says on the tin. The assembled musicians honour Jennings’ incredible songs while putting their own spin on it. If you’re not overly familiar with Jennings’ music, you’d be forgiven for thinking that some of these could be original recordings that are relevant in today’s country music. If nothing else, this collection will have you digging out your Jennings records and remembering just what an incredible artist he was.

Track List: 1.

I Ain’t Living Long Like This – Chris Stapleton
2. Whistlers and Jugglers – Shooter Jennings
3. Mona – Jessi Colter 4. Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line – Bobby Bare
5. Ride Me Down Easy – Lee Ann Womack
6. Yours Love – Lee Ann Womack & Buddy Miller
7. Freedom to Stay – Jamey Johnson
8. The Wurlitzer Prize – Kacey Musgraves
9. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way – Robert Earl Keen
10. I Do Believe – Kris Kristofferson
11. Rainy Day Woman – Ryan Bingham
12. Dreaming My Dreams with You – Alison Krauss
13. I Ain’t the One – Alison Krauss & Jamey Johnson
14. Honky Tonk Heroes – Toby Keith
15. Lonesome, On’ry and Mean – Eric Church
16. Till I Gain Control Again – Willie Nelson
17. Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Toby Keith
18. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys – Willie Nelson & Chris Stapleton
19. Highwayman – Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings & Jamey Johnson
20. Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love) – Willie Nelson & Full Ensemble

Release Date: 14th April 2017 Record Label: Sony Music

“Outlaw” – Concert Tribute to Waylon Jennings broadcast on April 7, 2017

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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“Outlaw” will air  9 p.m. Friday, April 7th, on CMT.

 

An all-star Waylon Jennings tribute is coming to CMT on April 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The two-hour event titled Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings was taped live on July 6, 2015 at Austin’s ACL Live at The Moody Theater with performances by Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Bingham, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Shooter Jennings, Buddy Miller, Jessi Colter, Robert Earl Keen and Bobby Bare. The special will include in-depth interviews and compelling behind-the-scenes footage.

The project was created by Keith Wortman and Mark Rothbaum, along with Colter and Shooter. Wortman, Rothbaum, Colter and Freddy Fletcher are the executive producers. Grammy winners Don Was and Buddy Cannon served as co-music directors for the project.

Was led the all-star house band, which featured guitarists Buddy Miller and Patrick Buchanan; pedal steel player Robby Turner, drummers Raymond Weber and Richie Albright; keys and accordion player Matthew Rollings, harmonica player Mickey Raphael, and backing vocalists Kari Kimmel, Carmel Echols and Sara Mann.

A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Jennings released more than sixty albums and changed the world of country music with his imposing baritone and stripped-down musical style. The Nelson duet “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” won the two outlaws a Grammy for best country performance by a duo or group in 1979.

Pre-orders for the CD/DVD set and digital download are available through Amazon.

Here is the CD/DVD track listing for Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings:

Chris Stapleton and Morgane Stapleton — “I Ain’t Living Long Like This”
Shooter Jennings — “Whistlers And Jugglers”
Jessi Colter — “Mona”
Bobby Bare — “Only Daddy That’ll Walk The Line”
Lee Ann Womack — “Ride Me Down Easy”
Lee Ann Womack and Buddy Miller — “Yours Love”
Sturgill Simpson — “Memories Of You And I” (DVD only)
Kacey Musgraves — “The Wurlitzer Prize”
Jamey Johnson — “Freedom To Stay”
Robert Earl Keen — “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way”
Kris Kristofferson — “I Do Believe”
Ryan Bingham — “Rainy Day Woman”
Alison Krauss — “Dreaming My Dreams With You”
Alison Krauss and Jamey Johnson — “I Ain’t The One”
Toby Keith — “Honky Tonk Heroes”
Eric Church — “Lonesome, On’ry And Mean”
Willie Nelson — “Till I Gain Control Again”
Willie Nelson and Toby Keith — “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys”
Willie Nelson and Chris Stapleton – “My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys”
Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson — “I Can Get Off On You” (DVD only)
Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson — “Highwayman”
Willie Nelson and Full Ensemble — “Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics Of Love)”

The HIghwaymen

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

Now available! Outlaw: Celebrating The Music Of Waylon Jennings CD/DVD from the July 6, 2015 concert event in Austin TX. Featuring Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Alison Krauss, Kacey…
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Celebrating The Music Of Waylon Jennings CMT broadcast + music and concert film set to release on April 7 — Watch the trailer and access the pre-order at http://waylonoutlaw.com

“Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings”, with Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Jamey Johnson and more (airs on CMT April 7th)

Saturday, March 4th, 2017

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On Monday, July 6, 2015, a collection of music’s legendary outlaws and rising superstars came together for a once-in-a-lifetime concert event at ACL Live At The The Moody Theater in Austin, TX, to honor Waylon Jennings, one of the most influential musicians of the Outlaw Country movement. The concert event was filmed and recorded for multi-platform distribution throughout traditional and digital media.

OUTLAW: CELEBRATING THE MUSIC OF WAYLON JENNINGS featured performances by: Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Bingham, Sturgill Simpson, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Chris Stapleton, Shooter Jennings, and Jessi Colter.

Grammy Award-winner Don Was served as co-music director and led an all-star band backing the performers at this concert event. Legendary music producer Buddy Cannon also served as co-music director. “Waylon Jennings was my friend, brother, and musical soul mate”, said Willie Nelson. “Playing his songs with these incredible artists, is going to be one hell of a concert event.”

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the two-hour broadcast premiere will air on CMT at 10 pm ET/PT, and Sony Legacy will release the concert film as a CD/DVD combo / digital download which is available for immediate preorder.

The full length concert film features performances by Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Kris Kristofferson, Toby Keith, Alison Krauss, Kacey Musgraves, Ryan Bingham, Jamey Johnson, Lee Ann Womack, Shooter Jennings, Buddy Miller, Jessi Colter, Robert Earl Keen, & Bobby Bare. See the official trailer.

The CMT premiere and DVD both include a range of Jennings classics, such as “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” (performed by Willie Nelson and Toby Keith), “Lonesome, On’ry And Mean” (performed by Eric Church), “I Ain’t Living Long Like This” (performed by Chris Stapleton), a very special performance of “Highwayman,” (performed by Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Shooter Jennings and Jamey Johnson) and an all-star grand finale performance of “Luckenbach, Texas.”

In a heartfelt reflection on the project, Jessi Colter recalled a beautiful lyric she wrote – “You did hang the moon, didn’t you Waylon?”

See more photos here.

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “How Do You Feel About Fooling Around”

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

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Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, “Loving Her Was Easier Than Anything I’ll Ever Do Again”

Monday, November 14th, 2016

From the Highwayman tour, in Aberdeen, Scotland 1992

Country Rhythms (September 1981) (UK)

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

[Thanks so much  to Phil Weisman for gifting me this great magazine from the UK.  The country music magazines always have the best photos.]

Country Rhythms
September 1981

It takes three buses and two trucks to move Willie Nelson and his band and crew around the country for the over 250 performances that Willie gives each year.  But for all it grueling aspects, life on the road never loses that sense of freedom and adventure so important to country musicians like Willie Nelson, who spent much of their early lives yearning to escape from backgrounds of poverty and rural isolation.

These photographs by Michael Abramson, courtesy of Columbia Records, tell the story of Willie’s magic caravan better than worlds could ever do.

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Willie Nelson, Connie Nelson and daughters Amy and Paula

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As unspoiled by his fantastic success as any one could possibly be, Willie Nelson is always available t his fans after a show.  Although he values his privacy, Willie knows how important it is to maintain personal contact with the people to whom he means so much.

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The Highwaymen, “Big River”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

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Lukas Nelson sings Kristofferson

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

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Thanks, Phil Weisman, for this picture.

Willie Nelson & Kris Kristofferson in Aurora, IL TONIGHT!

Saturday, June 25th, 2016

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photo:  Dan Schram

Willie Nelson will perform with special guest Kris Kristofferson tonight at RiverEdge Park in Aurora.

Tickets are $50 and are available by calling 630-896-6666, at www.riveredgeaurora.com, or at the box office at the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora.

Nelson and Kristofferson will perform at 8 p.m. at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St., Aurora.