Archive for the ‘Waylon Jennings’ Category

Willie Nelson and Family, “Luckenbach, Texas” (Farm Aid 1986)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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

The Grateful Dead with Special Guests Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson (Meadowlands) (September 2, 1978

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

“Outlaw: Celebrating the Music of Waylon Jennings” on CMT Tonight (April 7, 2017)

Friday, April 7th, 2017

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CMT will premiere “Outlaw: Celebrating The Music Of Waylon Jennings on CMT, tonight Friday April 7 at 10PM ET. The movie features the music of Waylon Jennings along with interviews and behinds the scenes footage from this all-star concert event in Austin TX.

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“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

Waylon and Willie

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

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On February 3, 1978, the album by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson was certified to have sold 500,000 albums.   (Today a gold album is for sales of 500,000 albums, but it used to be for one million in sales, at $1.00 wholesale cost for each .)

Track List:

  1. Mammas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow up to be Cowboys
  2. The Year 2003 Minus 25
  3. Pick up the Tempo
  4. If You Can Touch Her at All
  5. Lookin’ for a Feeling
  6. It’s Not Supposed to be That Way
  7. I Can Get Off on You
  8. Don’t Cuss the Fiddler
  9. Gold Dust Woman
  10. A Couple More Years
  11. The Worlitzer Prize

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

Waylon Jennings will replace Poco and the Flying Burritos at tonight’s Willie Nelson Concert

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Thanks, Phil Weisman.

Willie and Waylon

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “Good Hearted Woman”

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

I woke up Sunday Morning

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, “Just to Satisfy You”

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

“Willie Nelson was laid back before people knew what laid back was” — Waylon Jennings

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings, in Canada (8/19/85)

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

by Jason Mitchell

TORONTO:  He’s clad in his trademark red bandanna, black vest and beat up blue jeans.  His beard is almost white now.  And in his best running shoes, Willie Nelson still looks a little larger than life on stage.

Once an outlaw, the country version of Jessie James with pigtails, in 1985 the 52-year-old performer is something of a father figure, a keeper of country and westerner’s most cherished traditions.  Nelson and company’s 3 1/2-hour-show at the CNE Grandstand Monday night, was an on-the-road-again version of the Willie Nelson annual Fourth of July picnic with nothing less than a guided tour through country music history.

Despite some of his recent forays into pop and jazz, this was a vintage country show that’s had a little for everyone, from the grandmas to the bikers.  And if it lacked a little in the way of surprises, the smallish CNE Grandstand crowd didn’t seem to mind.

Jessi Colter, Waylon’s Jennings’ diminutive wife, once again had the job of opening the show. George Strait was supposed to do the honors, but the fine folks at immigration apparently had other ideas.  And Colter provided equal to the task — displaying a convincing range in moving easily from throaty stomper to pretty ballad.  By the time she got the motors revving, she had to turn the stage and the band over to Waylon.

Jennings was something of an enigma.  He has always cultivated a brooding, even menacing sort of persona, but Monday night he seemed especially sombee, running through half a dozen songs without stopping or saying as much as hello. Perhaps he was just trying a little too hard to play his role, or perhaps he was just bored.  Whatever the reason, it wasn’t until half way through his set, when his wife returned to sing a couple of duets, that Jennings shook off his lethargy and showed some signs of life.

But it took Willie Nelson to bring the whole show together, and he did so effortlessly, offering a pleasant tour through country music history and a pretty generous overview of his own career in the process.  In comparison to Jennings’ rather dark tones, Nelson was up form the first note.

While he showed some jazzy flourishes with the guitar, it is still his singing that makes him magic.  His stop-start, talk-sing is a uniquely personal style and enables him, in some way, to get to the truth, the essence of any song he chooses to sing.  His rendition of Always on My Mind was especially pretty.

Nelson’s musical tour wound its way from a gospelish version of the spiritual Amazing Grace and Fred Rose’s 1945 composition Blue Eyes Cryin’ in the Rain, to Nightlife (a song he wrote in 1959 and sold the rights two years’ later for $150), On the Road Again and Good Hearted Woman.  He sang just about every major song he had to offer, and covered all the bases from whoopers to ballads.

It was about as much as any fan could reasonably want, and a good example of why Nelson’s appeal transcends so many of the usual boundaries of country music.