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

Bobby D. Gray, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

Yes. America.

Tim, Saturday, 13 April 2002 00:00 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

"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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (eighteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Friday, 10 June 2005 14:37 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

"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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fifteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (fourteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 27 June 2007 22:41 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

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 (thirteen years ago) link

two years pass...

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

amateurist, Sunday, 9 August 2009 09:51 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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

;_;;;;

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

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 (ten years ago) link

check out the double-necked guitar in that clip!

amateurist, Monday, 10 August 2009 19:50 (ten years ago) link

holy hell that clip is fire

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

"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 (ten years ago) link

well it is mostly a vamp.

amateurist, Monday, 10 August 2009 22:45 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (ten years ago) link

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 (nine years ago) link

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

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

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

lol

^^^ 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 (nine years ago) link

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

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

five months pass...

waylon jennings y'all

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

he is my man

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

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

i did not know that.

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

blogger has been removed

arby's, Thursday, 14 June 2012 02:33 (eight years ago) link

???

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

do tell

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

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (eight years ago) link

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 (seven years ago) link

lol

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

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 20:15 (seven years ago) link

omg official ILX Outlaws bus yessssss

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

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 (six years ago) link

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

tylerw, Monday, 23 December 2013 21:52 (six years ago) link

lol

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

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

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

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 (four years ago) link

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 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

"we had it all"

fuck

droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 16 May 2018 14:38 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

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

Οὖτις, Thursday, 14 June 2018 21:48 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Make phasers country again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NWi1Kl1_qM

Neal Cassady, Saturday, 25 April 2020 06:22 (two months ago) link

Thought she was the creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaammmmmm
Of the Basin Street queens

love it. wish he had done a cosmic solo guitar record.

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 25 April 2020 08:15 (two months ago) link

two months pass...

^ Hard agree on that imaginative solo record. What is the stage in life where you give up searching for the next obscure rural rock album and you instead just throw on the Honky Tonk Heroes LP?

I've come to the conclusion that live 70s Waylon is Cosmic American Music and should receive the same hype as anything from the Dead or the New Riders. The only downside is that you just wish he would've expanded on that last 10 sec hard riff in "Honky Tonk Heroes" for an extra 7 or 15min. But I do think it is the shortness of the tunes that allow for amazing replayability… that and the songwriting. The guitarist Tom Carter made a post on social a couple months back that talked about the motorik qualities of “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”.

Neal Cassady, Friday, 26 June 2020 15:51 (two weeks ago) link

What's the best 70's Waylon live recording?

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Friday, 26 June 2020 19:15 (two weeks ago) link

In addition to just a few well-recorded official live 70s releases, there is a whole lot of other 70s stuff spread throughout the years in different formats. It looks like some of them are boots and some are unofficially-released live broadcasts from radio stations. I started with the 1975 "Waylon Live" RCA release that was eventually expanded into a 2CD set in the 2000's. He keeps it pretty tight and succinct on that one. And then you do find much more raw and at least partly jammed songs on the boots and radio broadcasts.

There is a keyboard player on the Sugarloaf show which I do really like. "Louisiana Women" is my current favorite song, at some point he took out the lyric about a kilo of marijuana when he went and did those mid-late TV performances that you can find throughout YouTube. There are some real gems in those videos too. Here's some links to the ones I just mentioned. The YouTube thumbnail used for the Sugarloaf show looks like it was used for a series of live releases, so I need to take some time and check out those as well.

(1973-11-04) Abbot, Texas
Discogs
YouTube

(1975-08-02) Sugarloaf, Maine
Discogs
YouTube

(1975, RCA release) Waylon Live
Discogs
YouTube

Neal Cassady, Monday, 29 June 2020 15:16 (one week ago) link

Sorry, the URL to the expanded 1975 RCA release should have linked you to the whole YouTube playlist. I'll try again:

(1975, RCA release) Waylon Live
Discogs
YouTube

Neal Cassady, Monday, 29 June 2020 15:21 (one week ago) link

Thanks, will check these out.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Monday, 29 June 2020 17:05 (one week ago) link

motorik qualities of “Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way?”

this is otm!

Joey Corona (Euler), Monday, 29 June 2020 17:13 (one week ago) link

Yeah! That one plays itself in mah head fairly often. Tyler refers up this thread to Michael Streissguth's Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades, which I carried on about over on Good Books About Music, incl this:
We also get the influence of fuckin'-finally affordable and widely available cocaine (esp. after the War on Drugs made it more practical than bulky etc. ol' maryjane). Influence incl. on Waylon, who was already driven and drivin', with much more of the earlier zig-zag career than I'd realized (had the big country version of "MacArthur Park"!) Also quite the appetite for pinball and good cover material, which he could find even or especially on the shittiest-sounding demo tapes. Thought, as the author depicts, that the Outlaw hype was a crock, and of course he did sound more like a big ol' teddy bear, even then.

dow, Monday, 29 June 2020 18:00 (one week ago) link

Still want to check some of those odd-looking pre-Outlaw releases---the earliest recordings I've heard were
later compiled on Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line, a '74 cash-in: mainly remember the title track and "Nashville Bum": "You can change a word or two and I'll give half of it to you," also about "eating ketchup soup." Pretty calm, just a leetle hopeful, a way of life. Good track.
Also! I liked Waylon Forever, did not know it was part of this eventual release (thanks Wiki):
In 1996, (Shooter) Jennings and his father recorded an album together. They called it Fenixon (a play on the words "phoenix" and "sun") but could not find a label to distribute it.[4] Some of the material was remastered and used for the album Waylon Forever. The full Fenixon recording was finally released by Jennings' label Black Country Rock in 2014.

dow, Monday, 29 June 2020 18:18 (one week ago) link

Be sure to check out Singer of Sad Songs, mostly produced by Lee Hazlewood before he moved to Sweden. Includes versions of "Honky Tonk Women", "No Regrets", "If I Were A Carpenter", and a duet w/Lee on "Rock, Salt and Nails".

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 29 June 2020 18:37 (one week ago) link

Makes you wish there was a 'Waylon Sings Lee' album.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 29 June 2020 18:46 (one week ago) link

Huge fan of 'Singer of Sad Songs', a real gem

turn the jawhatthefuckever on (One Eye Open), Monday, 29 June 2020 18:50 (one week ago) link

Still want to check some of those odd-looking pre-Outlaw releases---the earliest recordings I've heard were
later compiled on Only Daddy That'll Walk The Line, a '74 cash-in: mainly remember the title track and "Nashville Bum": "You can change a word or two and I'll give half of it to you," also about "eating ketchup soup." Pretty calm, just a leetle hopeful, a way of life. Good track.

Ketchup soup line ftw. I got this comp a couple months ago and it's good!

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Monday, 29 June 2020 21:27 (one week ago) link

Yeah, I think that, while he's trying to share, sell, get a little advance on publishing rights, he's having a power lunch of Ketchup soup---think that's how the soup reference fits into the verse. Right?

dow, Monday, 29 June 2020 21:36 (one week ago) link

I think the song is one of his many cynically complaining about the Nashville/Opry game. He's dressing the way they want him to, singing the way they want him to, and writing the songs they want, but he still isn't making it and he's so poor he's got to eat ketchup soup and crackers. When he does write a hit, they make him give half the songwriting credit to someone else.

Tōne Locatelli Romano (PBKR), Monday, 29 June 2020 21:57 (one week ago) link

yeah. I should just listen to the damn thing again, prob on YouTube, but seemed like it worked because of concise lyrics, Waylon-trademark catchy beat, and not too much self-pity, kind a "King of the Road" effect.

dow, Monday, 29 June 2020 23:30 (one week ago) link

It's on the Nashville Rebel soundtrack album (alongside a cover of "Norwegian Wood"!), which is on Spotify.

Unlike a lot of other vintage Country stars, Waylon's actually pretty well covered on Spotify.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 29 June 2020 23:40 (one week ago) link

Man, can you all tell me where moments like the last 55 seconds come from on Honky Tonk Heros at the Sugarload, Maine show? Not the usual change up riff that he always ends that song with, but the thing they throw in at the end. Especially when the keyboard and fuzz guitar go back and forth like two times before they end it abruptly. You can find little outro moments like that in the live the shows, but this one is defiantly a particular sound from that decade in time. Were Waylon and his band just fans of what harder rock acts were doing at the time? Why don't you see stuff like that on his records when you hear about how he was specific about using his road band in the studio?

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Neal Cassady, Tuesday, 30 June 2020 14:41 (one week ago) link


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