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Is Waylon Jennings country music? If so, what country?

Bobby D. Gray, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Yes. America.

Tim, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Of course he was country - some of the time. He unfortunately veered into pretty dreary country rock some of the time. Search 'Kissing You Goodbye', with the line "Take your tongue out of my mouth / I'm kissing You Goodbye", and 'Must You Throw Dirt In My Face' and some of the stuff with country supergroup the Highwaymen, with Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.

Martin Skidmore, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"Must You Throw Dirt In My Face" is actually a Louvin Brothers tune, and while Waylon didn't do it any harm, Elvis Costello later bested both of them.

paul, Sunday, 14 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I have all three versions of the song, and the Waylon one's my favourite. That's why I mentioned it.

Martin Skidmore, Sunday, 14 April 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

two years pass...
Re-vive!

In an effort to keep up with the Joneses around here- on second thought, better make that the Chesneys and Bigs and Riches, I watched quite a bit of CMT during Christmas break. The one thing I noticed was that every time Waylon Jennings showed up on the screen, I sat up in my chair as my eyes were pulled to the screen. I don't remember much about him from growing up except that I liked the song "Luckenbach, Texas" (which BTW is a place where, if you go there there is no there there) and "You Never Even Call Me By My Name," which mentions his name but was not actually written or performed by him. So, any advice how to proceed? Honky Tonk Heroes?

Ken L (Ken L), Monday, 3 January 2005 16:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
yes, and Dreaming my dreams

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Friday, 10 June 2005 14:37 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Honky Tonk Heroes cannot be praised enough. I love the back-story to it too: how Waylon drunkenly promised Billy Joe Shaver that he'd record an album of his tunes, and then forgot about it. Shaver later showed up at a recording date of Jennings' and told him he'd kick his ass if he didn't record the album.

Keith C (kcraw916), Friday, 10 June 2005 14:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

HTH thirded and DMD seconded. The Shaver story is great!The Taker/ Tulsaand Ol' Waylon are top-notch as well. And you gotta get Wanted: The Outlaws feat. Waylon, Willie, Jessi Colter, Tompall Glaser. "The Lost" tracks included on the 25th Anniversary CD are worth the price of admission.

Will(iam), Friday, 10 June 2005 15:09 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"Must You Throw Dirt In My Face" is actually a Louvin Brothers tune, and while Waylon didn't do it any harm, Elvis Costello later bested both of them.

surely it's not scientifically popular that elvis costello has ever bested the louvin brothers at one of their own songs.

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 10 June 2005 15:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i like how waylon was this big hairy tough dude but somehow his music/lyrics/singing have a femme quality...

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Friday, 10 June 2005 16:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
he's a beast; he's the best.

guess I missed the revival during the period last year when I was hugely invested in my job. I love him dearly.

"Luckenbach Texas" is my favorite song of all time and this guy is untouchable. I'll smack anyone who talks about his "limited range" or any such shit.

Stormy Davis (diamond), Monday, 16 January 2006 07:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the two-CD bestof on Waylon Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line is flawless. If the title track doesn't give you shivers...

album wise I'd say these are essential:

Honky Tonk Heroes

Dreaming My Dreams

Are You Ready For The Country

Wanted: The Outlaws

from his less-successful 80s, It's Only Rock & Roll and Will The Wolf Survive are worth investigating.

"Lukenbach Texas" inspired me to mend fences w/my girlfriend after a breakup and eventually get hitched. "Back to the basics of love."

I saw the Highwaymen (in Atlantic City)during the early 90s and Waylon was in fine form, his voice sounding stronger than the decade before. Couldn't say the same for Johnny Cash, not that night.

Like Stormy said, anybody who comes here with "But Christgau says he's a macho loser" is gonna get their ass handed back to them.

m coleman (lovebug starski), Monday, 16 January 2006 12:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I never got into Are Ready for the Country, it seemed like a pretty steep drop-off from the preceding albums (except the title track, which is totally classic, obv). I'll have to break it out and listen again.

Keith C (lync0), Monday, 16 January 2006 16:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

honky tonk heroes is a great great album.

the two CD-comp "only daddy that'll walk the line" is pretty classic all the way through, give or take "America"

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Monday, 16 January 2006 16:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
the title track from "this time" is killer. it's very odd: it stays on one chord for a very long time, and every part of the song (verse, chorus) cycles through the same simple progression. it's not really a dirge, but it has some dirgelike (static) qualities. i always thought it made a beautifully strange album opener, not to mention hit single.

may i add, though, that i really dislike the harmonica sound waylon and willie went for in the 1970s, this sort of heavily-mic'ed, keening, sort of slippery sounding harmonica that rarely did more than sort of embellish the changes (no real harmonica solos). i mean it's not so obtrusive that it does any major damage to the song, but i sort of wish it hadn't been there.

amateurist0, Sunday, 12 March 2006 14:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

although really nice buddy holly-esque picking around 1:30.

side a of this lp is pretty tremendous. second side is a mixed bag.

amateurist0, Sunday, 12 March 2006 14:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm a recent convert to Waylon by way of Honky Tonk Heroes. My favorites are 'Ain't No God In Mexico', and 'Because You Ask Me To', but the whole album is great. My daddy was a big Highwayman fan so I guess I was always going to come around to Waylon one way or another...

VegemiteGrrl (VegemiteGrrl), Sunday, 12 March 2006 19:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Waylon Live, recorded at his peak in 74, is a contender for the best live country LP ever. The band, in particular Ralph Mooney on steel, rocks with abandon.

Cisco Heckler, Sunday, 12 March 2006 21:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Cisco Heckler OTM.

Tulsa/The Taker is an underrated Waylon album, too. You really can't go wrong with Waylon between 71 to 76.

Brooker Buckingham (Brooker B), Sunday, 12 March 2006 22:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

You can even count on Waylon's older records for a good, rockin' countrified Holley jam. Leavin' Town, Folk Country, Just to Satisfy You, Singer of Sad Songs, and Cedartown, Georgia. Now that last one has one of the most bizarre string arrangements ever. I forget the song, but it is so over the top that it's unintentionally psychedelic. If you find these LPs used for a couple bucks, which you still can, then pick them up.

QuantumNoise (Justin Farrar), Monday, 13 March 2006 15:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

I just got some british 3-CD box set that gives a great overview - I even liked one of the 90s songs on there ("Nobody Knows I'm Elvis", its a pretty funny throwaway). His voice has a very strange timbre, kind of flat and husky...? I daresay he sounds best when paired with other singers, but then maybe that's just cuz I'm a sucker for country harmonizing... real surprise on this box for me was "The Only Daddy That'll Walk the Line", which I had never heard before. Totally awesome Sun Records sound on there.

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 27 June 2007 22:40 (eleven years ago) Permalink

also for some reason I never recognized that Dukes of Hazzard themesong as him

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 27 June 2007 22:41 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Honkey Tonk Heroes is really one of the best albums ever, IMO; great songs from Billy Joe and great performances, you can almost feel your boots stick to the floor from all the fracus-spilled beer.

Oh, and like it or not, it IS Country.

christoff, Thursday, 28 June 2007 15:09 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Waylon's one of my all-time faves. Yeah, his voice is curious... it's really not all that *great*, yet perfect all the same.

m coleman's list upthread is pretty otm as far as essentiality goes. I'd tack on Willie & Waylon (the first one) and The Taker/ Tulsa.

will, Thursday, 28 June 2007 15:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

i picked up a record by his wife Jessi Colter the other day. overall it's just a folk album, but there are a few killer tracks. one w/funky drums, a gospel number, and this one New Wine, which i think is just fantastic. really droney, eastern sounding psych folk.

jaxon, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:05 (eleven years ago) Permalink

which lp? I've got I'm Jessi Colter and it's pretty great. The first side really tramples all over that fine line between some country and soul/R&B.

will, Thursday, 28 June 2007 19:11 (eleven years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

that's actually live, if anyone's wondering.

amateurist, Sunday, 9 August 2009 09:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

Looks strangely like a bloated cowboy Jon Stewart at certain angles in that video. Which incidentally is a totally awesome video.

°⌉ 3⊥∀N (╓abies), Sunday, 9 August 2009 10:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

it is! i can see the bloated cowboy jon stewart thing, but i still think waylon looks kind of hot there. i like him w/o the beard. i like how laconic his stage presence is, yet still commanding.

everything about that song/performance is outstanding, perfectly calibrated, from the two guitar solos (particularly waylon's--why does no one rate him as a guitarist?), the drumming, and most important, waylon's singing. just astonishing.

ironically this period (ca 1969) waylon was releasing LPs (and a lot of them) that were pretty hit or miss, with a lot of psuedo-psychedelic/macarthur park- and folky- type stuff that frankly didn't suit him. but on the evidence of this and other videos waylon and his touring band were in absolutely top form.

amateurist, Sunday, 9 August 2009 15:49 (nine years ago) Permalink

Waylon's a great guitar player! I always forget that it's him playing a lot of the lead stuff. His solo on this is hot!:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnEtRUcKGwc

°⌉ 3⊥∀N (╓abies), Monday, 10 August 2009 04:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

you wanna see Waylon absolutely SLAYING shit ... watch this clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8rAA8K2718

...fucking ridiculous how tight and ripping those two minutes are ... Waylon was a god, and this: "(particularly waylon's--why does no one rate him as a guitarist?)" .. cannot be overstated

Stormy Davis, Monday, 10 August 2009 05:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions.

;_;;;;

°⌉ 3⊥∀N (╓abies), Monday, 10 August 2009 06:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions..

This video is not available in your country because only Americans can appreciate the country-fried awesomeness.

Fixed.

amateurist, Monday, 10 August 2009 19:41 (nine years ago) Permalink

check out the double-necked guitar in that clip!

amateurist, Monday, 10 August 2009 19:50 (nine years ago) Permalink

holy hell that clip is fire

^prizes the praise of the media, and the Europeans (will), Monday, 10 August 2009 20:05 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Are You Sure Hank don it this Way", vocal's apart, wouldn't be amazingly out of place on Velvet's Live '69- try singing Rock n' Roll along with it.

sonofstan, Monday, 10 August 2009 21:22 (nine years ago) Permalink

well it is mostly a vamp.

amateurist, Monday, 10 August 2009 22:45 (nine years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

This video is not available in your country due to copyright restrictions..

This video is not available in your country because only Americans can appreciate the country-fried awesomeness.

Fixed.

― amateurist, Tuesday, August 11, 2009 7:41 AM (3 weeks ago) Bookmark

But I AM American!!1 (just in a far away land)

I've been listening to nothing but Waylon for the last week or so! Honky Tonk Heroes I tend to jump around a lot cuz I'm mostly familiar Shaver's versions of them (what a perfect dude's tunes for Waylon to sing, though!) The Taker/Tulsa has been giving me a lotta joy, and the tile track from Singer Of Sad Songs has found itself on repeat more than few times, though I can't find the album to save my life (*COUGH* *HINT*) But if the rest holds up to that track in the slightest I imagine it's fairly essential. I'm curious to hear what the rest sounds like production-wise, too, that being the only track on the album not produced by Lee Hazlewood.

oing oing oing (╓abies), Saturday, 5 September 2009 13:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

i been jamming a couple waylon LPs a lot this week--the taker/tulsa, and singer of sad songs. love him.

ian, Sunday, 6 September 2009 00:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

^harlan howard greeting waylon after hearing his new power electronics outfit

proud teabagger from rim country (arby's), Saturday, 31 July 2010 00:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

i like this so much better than Willie's, and probably better that the studio version from the unfuckwithable Willie & Waylon record

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTAao4Ofx5w

I'm 11 and I love Gay Dad. Today's music is so formulaic its appalling. (will), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 16:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

Cowboy Jack C.: "never heard it"
Waylon: "never heard it?! you produced it!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugm0JZhX3CI

lol

I'm 11 and I love Gay Dad. Today's music is so formulaic its appalling. (will), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 16:27 (seven years ago) Permalink

^^^ wow that clip is fabulous! (Used to play this song in a band, and toward the end of the night, after a few beers, those simple chord changes got challenging because of how long they hang.)

The hoppiest hop hopper now with xtra hops (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 17:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

this is pretty great. shame about the a/v sync issues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khEAuU5ShXs

I'm 11 and I love Gay Dad. Today's music is so formulaic its appalling. (will), Wednesday, 25 May 2011 17:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

waylon jennings y'all

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 07:34 (six years ago) Permalink

he is my man

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6zEloppnq8

one dis leads to another (ian), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 17:15 (six years ago) Permalink

In those Waylon/Jessi clips he seems so weathered compared to her. Hard livin'...

Wiki says her mother was a Pentecostal preacher and her father was a racecar driver (which sounds like a Southern Culture on the Skids song!) Also never knew she was married to Duane Eddy.

Blue Doggie Sweater (Dan Peterson), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 17:31 (six years ago) Permalink

much love for Waylon

wish a lot of his canonical/earlier stuff was easier to find

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 18:11 (six years ago) Permalink

of all the genres I listen to, country seems the most poorly served in the reissue/archival dept

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 18:11 (six years ago) Permalink

you just gotta get all those wild german imports.

one dis leads to another (ian), Wednesday, 9 November 2011 18:42 (six years ago) Permalink

that was on sale for like $70 a few months ago!

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Friday, 11 November 2011 02:52 (six years ago) Permalink

!!!

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 11 November 2011 02:56 (six years ago) Permalink

!!!, indeed.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Friday, 11 November 2011 03:01 (six years ago) Permalink

just unbelievable. I've been looking for years for some of this stuff

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 11 November 2011 16:22 (six years ago) Permalink

thanks for that amateurist

This is an amazing album cover btw
http://npknet.com/images/Jackvynil/1121albums327.jpg

van smack, Friday, 11 November 2011 17:25 (six years ago) Permalink

the debut of his winged W logo iirc

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 11 November 2011 17:41 (six years ago) Permalink

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3377/3196862684_c01d81c012.jpg

van smack, Friday, 11 November 2011 20:32 (six years ago) Permalink

wow!

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 11 November 2011 20:33 (six years ago) Permalink

that cover makes me imagine an alternate universe where waylon was cast as han solo. a better universe.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Friday, 11 November 2011 22:13 (six years ago) Permalink

is the middle finger in that photo the Big Bopper's or RIchie Valens

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 11 November 2011 22:14 (six years ago) Permalink

man that amateurist link is such a goldmine. haven't heard a lot of the 60s stuff before, loads of great sounds + tunes. This one cracked me up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DikpRYxv2mA

The Uncanny Frankie Valley (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 14 November 2011 17:34 (six years ago) Permalink

this song is crazy badass. he's going to beat the shit out of some punk who impregnated this girl and then skipped out on here. even though the girl still loves jackass dude and not waylon (who loves _her_ naturally).

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 17 November 2011 00:32 (six years ago) Permalink

Fun Fact: That "Tulsa" song was written by Wayne Carson Thompson, of "The Letter", "Soul Deep" & "I Couldn't Spell !!*@!" fame.

The Feelings Machine Turns You On (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 17 November 2011 01:15 (six years ago) Permalink

i did not know that.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 17 November 2011 07:00 (six years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

a country singles ballot poll would be fun but also an epic clusterfuck

Biff Wellington (WmC), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 15:51 (six years ago) Permalink

that albums is p darn good! i was just listening to an lp from about the same time of all harlan howard jams, like that one a lot, too.

that tulsa song upthread is one of my favorites. i've been keeping my eye open for that taker/tulsa album for a while, figuring it would pop up sooner or later, but i might just have to shell out the damn ebay prices. that one and singer of sad songs always felt to me like key turning points before all the outlaw business went full-on

arby's, Wednesday, 13 June 2012 19:39 (six years ago) Permalink

Harlan Howard's songbook is a goldmine

I don't have Singer of Sad Songs... I grabbed a whole shit-ton of albums from that dude that had the whole discography up awhile ago (which I assume has been taken down by now). Finding actual copies of any of Waylon's pre-outlaw era stuff is pretty hard though. Which is too bad cuz I think Waylon's late 60s stuff is my favorite.

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 20:26 (six years ago) Permalink

Collector's Choice did twofers of the 60s RCA albums, but like all CCM titles, they are now oop.

Electro-Shock Rory (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 13 June 2012 20:37 (six years ago) Permalink

I grabbed a whole shit-ton of albums from that dude that had the whole discography up awhile ago (which I assume has been taken down by now).

nope it's still there.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 14 June 2012 01:05 (six years ago) Permalink

blogger has been removed

arby's, Thursday, 14 June 2012 02:33 (six years ago) Permalink

???

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 14 June 2012 02:35 (six years ago) Permalink

oh i guess it has as of last week. oh well, guy was cruising for a bruising.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 14 June 2012 02:35 (six years ago) Permalink

yeah definitely

country seems like the one genre, oddly, that is really shafted in terms of internet distro - there aren't historical archivist blogs (well, not many) posting stuff, tons of things are out of print or never made it to CD at all, etc. bums me out.

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 June 2012 16:09 (six years ago) Permalink

i'd kinda lump this one with taker/tulsa and singer of sad songs, too, tho i like those two better.

http://www.audiophileusa.com/covers400water/64141.jpg

this cover of mickey newbury's 33rd of august is pretty awesome.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3Jw-7J09RY

i haven't heard don't think twice, which is sandwiched in these someplace, i've kept my eye out for it. anyone know that one?

arby's, Thursday, 14 June 2012 19:54 (six years ago) Permalink

country seems like the one genre, oddly, that is really shafted in terms of internet distro - there aren't historical archivist blogs (well, not many) posting stuff, tons of things are out of print or never made it to CD at all, etc. bums me out.

there are a ton of country LP/78 blogs.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Thursday, 14 June 2012 22:24 (six years ago) Permalink

do tell

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 June 2012 22:28 (six years ago) Permalink

I mean I do some periodic trawling for 50s and 60s stuff and it's usually pretty slim pickings

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 June 2012 22:28 (six years ago) Permalink

for example been looking online for this and never seen it anywhere. and no I'm not buying the CD twofer that has this and Coat of Many Colors on it (I already have Coat of Many Colors)

a dense custard of infinity (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 14 June 2012 22:31 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1982-Silver-Eagle-Waylon-Jennings-Outlaws-Tour-Bus-/171000951136?forcev4exp=true#v4-39

"There are about 23 different phrases that rotate on the front of the bus: EatUrHeartOut,
Room for One More, Party Time, WHEREIN THE HELL R WE, Outlaws, ect.."

brio, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 19:11 (five years ago) Permalink

I was just coming here to post that. ILX fundraiser!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 20:15 (five years ago) Permalink

omg official ILX Outlaws bus yessssss

set the controls for the heart of the sun (VegemiteGrrl), Tuesday, 12 March 2013 20:21 (five years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

amazing story in the OUTLAW book that came out this year about Waylon writing a guy a $4,000 check on a paper bag and the bank actually cashing it.

tylerw, Monday, 23 December 2013 21:50 (four years ago) Permalink

other good stories about Waylon's most crippling addiction... pinball.

tylerw, Monday, 23 December 2013 21:52 (four years ago) Permalink

lol

Ayn Rand Akbar (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 23 December 2013 21:57 (four years ago) Permalink

"That hairy, smelly Outlaw sure plays a mean pinball..."

Maintenance Engineer of Foolhardiness (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 23 December 2013 22:01 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

i think roughly 80% of the best videos on youtube belong to waylon, this among them:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ugm0JZhX3CI

"it don't make no sense. i mean, it does, but it don't."

wizzz! (amateurist), Tuesday, 10 November 2015 00:06 (two years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

^^^ That's great. I'd love a solo Waylon album.

Capitalism Is A Death Cult And Science Is A Whore (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 5 December 2015 19:53 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

"we had it all"

fuck

droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:38 (three months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

this shit is hilarious
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uzCz-zA83q8

Οὖτις, Thursday, 14 June 2018 21:48 (two months ago) Permalink


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